Looking for snow? Head north, or to the mountains

Chairs on the Snubber lift show the signs of a snowstorm that dropped nearly 30 inches of snow on parts of Sugarloaf over the past two days.
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Chairs on the Snubber lift show the signs of a snowstorm that dropped nearly 30 inches of snow on parts of Sugarloaf over the past two days.
By John Holyoke, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 19, 2012, at 2:48 p.m.

Around these parts — these parts meaning downtown Bangor — this latest “snow event” has been, well, disappointing.

Sometimes it has been a rain event. Sometimes it has been a slush event. And most of the time, it has been a nonevent.

Obviously, that hasn’t been the case in other parts of the state. And if you’re like me, and are looking for some snow to play in, there’s plenty to be found in the northern and western mountain sections of the state.

On Wednesday morning, I received a Facebook dispatch from one of my favorite outdoor outposts: Allagash.

Darlene Kelly Dumond, who lives in the town, was downright giddy about the snow the town had received already.

“WE HAVE SNOW!” she wrote. “It’s just the right kind to have all the winter fun in. Sledding snowmobiles — I’ve already been out on a sled this morning — snowmen in the making, plowing and [everybody’s smiling]. Only in Allagash.”

Dumond said at least 18 inches had fallen as of Wednesday morning, and more was on the way.

She did caution snowmobilers that lakes and ponds have not frozen, and should be avoided.

Over at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, folks were also smiling.

Proving the old “there can be too much of a good thing” maxim, however, the resort did have a bit of a problem at midmorning.

“Power outage across the resort right now due to heavy snow,” the resort posted on its Facebook page. “SuperQuad and Skyline [lifts] will be running on diesel, all other lifts will be on hold until power returns.”

The Ski Maine Association issued a press release on Wednesday morning pointing out that many resorts had been hit hard — in a good way — by the storm, which began on Sunday and was expected to drop precipitation on the state for 72 straight hours.

Among the snow totals listed by Ski Maine: nearly 30 inches at Saddleback in Rangeley and Sugarloaf; 14 inches at Sunday River in Newry; 12-14 inches at Mt. Abram in Greenwood; 9 inches at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.

Ski Maine pointed out in the release that a similar storm is expected for later in the week and that typical winter temperatures are expected next week. That combination could lead to some fantastic conditions at affected resorts next week — a vacation week for many.

Up in Mars Hill, Mark Shea of Bigrock reported that the mountain received between 12 and 14 inches of snow as of 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“The snow is very wet and heavy and will compact very nicely to give us a good, solid base,” Shea said in an email. “Forecasters are calling for an additional two to four inches.”

Bob’s Clam Hut coming to the ’Loaf

Hungry Sugarloafers will have a few more mealtime options this year as the resort has added some interesting eateries in the past few months.

Last week the resort announced the grand opening of 45 North, a fine-dining restaurant in the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel.

And this week’s news release highlighted two more options that are sure to be popular.

Seafood lovers will be happy to learn that Bob’s Clam Hut, a Kittery institution that’s been in business for 57 years, will open a location in the Sugarloaf base lodge.

Bob’s Clam Hut has been featured on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri, and was listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s favorite 40 restaurants in the country. The Sugarloaf location will be only its second.

Bob’s will open for the season on Saturday.

Also new to the resort: Mountain Waffles, a chain that can be found at many ski resorts.

Mountain Waffles is known for grab and go Belgian waffles, which are offered in easy-to-carry forms.

Mountain Waffles is already open and is located in the Narrow Gauge Cafeteria area of the base lodge.

John Holyoke may be reached at jholyoke@bangordailynews.com or 990-8214. Check out his blog at outthere.bangordailynews.com and follow him on Twitter @JohnHolyoke.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/12/19/outdoors/looking-for-snow-head-north-or-to-the-mountains/ printed on July 30, 2014