CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Sugarloaf unveiled a new 2014 Prinoth Bison-X snowcat, painted bright pink in support of the Sugarloaf Charity Summit, on Dec. 20.
The resort ordered the cat last summer. It was on display at Sugarloaf throughout Christmas vacation week, and will be put to work in Sugarloaf’s terrain parks, where it will be used to sculpt jumps and specialty terrain features.
Sugarloaf Charity Summit is an annual event that has raised more than $1.6 million for cancer research and treatment over the past 14 years.
“It definitely stands out,” Dan Barker, Sugarloaf snow surfaces manager, said in a recent press release. “But that’s kind of the idea.”
Barker wasn’t sure what to expect when he first proposed the idea to Prinoth last spring.
“I figured they’d tell me I was crazy,” he said.
But Prinoth jumped on the idea from the start.
“We were happy to participate and support something as important as breast cancer research,” said Jean-Claude Perreault, vice president of sales for Prinoth, in a prepared statement. “Our Bison X groomer will not only provide great slope preparation, but will now also provide awareness of this special cause.”
Now entering its 14th year, the Sugarloaf Charity Summit is Sugarloaf’s signature event. The money it has raised has benefited Maine charities including Maine Cancer Foundation and Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center in Farmington.
Named after the late wife of Peter Webber of Sugarloaf, the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center offers timely access to state-of-the-art digital screening, diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasounds, clinical and care support services by a multidisciplinary team of experts.
Peter Webber was on hand for the unveiling of the new cat.
“It’s really an amazing symbol of the commitment that Sugarloaf and the Sugarloaf community have to this cause,” Webber said at the time, according to a resort press release.
Also featured on the pink snowcat is the Maine Cancer Foundation, which has worked since 1976 to provide millions in grant funding for cancer research, education and patient support programs throughout the state of Maine.
This year’s Sugarloaf Charity Summit will take place on Jan. 25, 2014, at Sugarloaf. For information, or to purchase charity ball tickets, visit www.sugarloaf.com/charity.