This week ESPN.com took a look at the year in freeskiing and boiled it boiled it down to the ten biggest stories, and our Brackett Basin expansion landed us at number 7. Not bad, especially when you consider that other top stories included freeskiing’s inclusion in the Olympics and a first descent of the 20,320-foot south face of Denali.
You can check out the full list at http://espn.go.com/action/freeskiing/story/_/id/7370388/freeskiing-year-review.
If you haven’t received your December issue of Powder Magazine yet (and if you’re not a subscriber, why on earth not?) get yourself to a newsstand and check out Porter Fox’s incredible feature on Sugarloaf and the Sugarloaf 2020 plan. The spread spans an incredible ten pages, and features many of the classic Sugarloaf characters we all know and love. The photos by Vermont-based photographer Justin Cash are nothing short of extraordinary, too.
The story also discusses the 2020 plan, calling it one of the “largest expansions the East has ever seen.” Porter spent a couple of weeks at Sugarloaf last season, hanging out with locals, exploring new terrain in Brackett Basin, and as a former Mainer and Sugarloafer himself, gets right to the heart and soul of Sugarloaf in his story.
It’s an absolute must-read for any Sugarloafers out there, and a great reminder of why it is we love this place like we do.
Here are a couple more videos of yesterday’s towers install. The first is by local Sugarloafer and video-editor-extraordinaire Joel Osgood, who will be making a number of videos for us throughout the season. The second is from Scott Thistle and Russ Dillingham of the Lewiston Sun Journal. They brough a GoPro along and mounted it on a tower for some very cool footage. Enjoy!
Skyline Towers from Joel Osgood on Vimeo.
Anybody who has skied it knows that Brackett Basin is not your typical ski area expansion. Skiing Magazine thinks it’s so revolutionary that this week they named it one the 12 most important things that happened in the ski industry this season.
In the listing they said that “Skiers are pushing the boundaries of ski areas, spending more time in the sidecountry. Some resorts, like Sugarloaf, which opened Brackett Basin this year, are helping them do that.”
This summer we’ll expand that boundary even further. You can check out Skiing’s full list online right here.
For those who missed it last week, you can check out Steve Minich’s story on Brackett Basin online at WMTW.com. Steve did an excellent job and the story explains the type of terrain being created in Brackett Basin, and explains the extensive measures our crews are taking to help protect the natural biodiversity of Burnt Mountain. Click the image below to watch the full story.
We stopped by the WCSH-6 studios in Portland last week to talk with the 207 show about Sugarloaf 2020 and Big Mountain. Big Love. Here’s the clip: