Vote to pick 2 open lifts at Sugarloaf

Posted April 17, 2009, at 7:31 p.m.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – With the ski season winding down and ski areas scaling back their spring operations, Sugarloaf is offering its guests the opportunity to decide what lifts will run for the remainder of the season through online voting via Twitter.

Starting on Monday, Sugarloaf will reduce its operations to two daily lifts through the remainder of the season. Which two lifts the resort will operate will be up to the guests.

Skiers and riders are invited to vote through Sugarloaf’s Twitter account on what lifts they would prefer to have open until the resort’s May 3 closing date. Voters can choose to have either the Sugarloaf SuperQuad and the Spillway East lifts, or the SuperQuad and the Timberline chair.

Guests are invited to vote throughout the day Saturday, and votes will be tallied Sunday to decide lift operations starting Tuesday.

Twitter users can vote by messaging @sugarloafmaine. Guests without a Twitter account are also invited to vote through Sugarloaf’s online community at http://community.sugarloaf.com.

Lift tickets at Sugarloaf are $49 through the remainder of the season, and midweek ski- and-stay packages are available for as little as $49 per person per night. For more information visit www.sugarloaf.com or call 1-800-THE-LOAF.

Reggae Festival on tap

Forecasts are promising a classic weekend for a big spring skiing party in the East this weekend during Sugarloaf’s Bud Light Reggae Festival. Sugarloaf is one of only seven resorts in the East still open, and has the most open terrain in the region with 114 trails covering 542 acres.

Weather forecasts are calling for sunshine and spring temperatures straight through the weekend, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid- to upper 40s expected Saturday and Sunday.

The spring festival features free outdoor reggae music from multiple bands throughout the day Saturday as well as classic late-season skiing conditions. Music continues throughout the night on multiple stages.

This year’s festival will feature music from 11 bands including Canadian reggae star Jah Cutta, Boston-based Westbound Train, and Darryl Jenifer, bassist from the group Bad Brains.

The annual springtime festival got its start at Sugarloaf in 1988 as a way to celebrate the changing of the seasons and enjoy the deep snow, warm sun, and classic spring skiing. The festival has grown into one of the most popular spring parties in ski country, drawing 10,000 or more reggae and spring skiing fans each year.

Individual tickets for the Saturday night show will be available for $25 on the day of the show only. Widowmaker Lounge upgrades will be available for $10 each night as space permits.

All King Pine Room and Widowmaker Lounge shows are 21-plus only and proper ID is required. All outdoor shows Saturday and Sunday are free and open to all ages. No outside alcohol may be brought into the venue, and all bags and coolers are subject to search.

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