CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Many parts of the state received their first snow of the fall on Thursday, and in the mountains of Maine staffers at Sugarloaf resort took advantage of the cold weather to fire up the snow guns and make some snow of their own.
The snowmakers covered the upper section of the Tote Road trail for several hours during a test of the system, but Sugarloaf staff will make a major snowmaking push over the next two weeks in preparation of the mountain’s opening day, Nov. 20.
The resort plans to open with skiing and riding on Tote Road, with lift service on the SuperQuad chairlift. Additional trails will be added if weather conditions permit.
“This morning’s test run went well and we’re excited to be making snow again,” Dan Barker, Sugarloaf’s snow surfaces manager said in a news release. “With this year’s investment in our snowmaking system we expect to be able to make more snow faster and earlier than we ever have before.”
Sugarloaf invested in upgrades to its snowmaking system during the off-season, installing more than 10,000 feet of snowmaking pipe. A year ago Sugarloaf made other improvements, including the purchase of six new snowmaking pumps and other equipment that allow the resort to make snow at warmer temperatures than were previously needed.
Kleiner to head guide group
Don Kleiner, who operates a guide service in Union, has been named the executive director of the Maine Professional Guides Association.
Kleiner has been a guide since 1984 and has worked in the conservation and recreation industry for years.
He has served as director of information and education at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, as New England Regional Director of the Ruffed Grouse Society, and as the lobbyist for the Maine Bowhunters Association and the Maine Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Kleiner has also served as an officer of the Maine Professional Guides Association — both as secretary and president — before becoming the group’s legislative liaison in the 1990s.
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