Zippity do dah coming to Sugarloaf


Angsting to zip down Sugarloaf in summer as fast, if not faster, than in winter? The Carrabasset Valley, Maine, peak is installing a zipline course, and beginning on Aug. 7, it expects to be offering both zipline tours and scenic lift rides on Saturdays.

Sugarloaf’s zipline course will follow the old Gondy line and deliver a birds-eye view of Rookie River. Plans call for it to be open through the fall, with operations continuing in the winter. I’ve experienced zipline tours at other resorts, from St. Lucia to Whistler, and it’s a blast. What makes it special is the environment: The opportunity to see a relatively remote, somewhat wilderness area with ease. Plus, it’s an adrenalin surge. Harness up, clip on, then wheeeeeeeee!

In addition, the ‘loaf is opening the SuperQuad for scenic rides. Chair rides will be $12 for ages 6 and older and will be offered on Saturdays through Oct. 16 ($10 for season passholders); zipline prices haven’t been announced.

As a veteran Sugarloafer, I’m happy to see owner Boyne investing in the resort. Just wish it were a lift upgrade… (Hey, a girl can dream).