NEW HAMP­SHIRE, MAINE & QUÉBEC

SKI - - CONTENTS - —Hi­lary Nangle

Su­gar­loafers are a dif­fer­ent breed. They pride them­selves on be­ing tougher than skiers at lesser moun­tains (a.k.a. the rest of New Eng­land, if not the coun­try), and to a cer­tain ex­tent, that’s true. They laugh at weather, vy­ing for brag­ging rights about sub-zero temps and dou­ble-digit breezes, and skill­fully pin­ball through moguls on über-steep, nar­row, twist­ing trails that would ter­rify many mor­tals. But the truth is ev­ery­one, even con­fi­dent be­gin­ners, can en­joy In­sta­gram-wor­thy views of Mount Wash­ing­ton be­fore ski­ing from the ’Loaf’s above-tree­line sum­mit to its base, tak­ing in the length of its 2,800 feet of ver­ti­cal drop. The ’Loaf gilds its plen­ti­ful gen­tle greens, color-me-blue cruis­ers, and World Cup blacks with above-tree­line snow­fields, check­ered glades, and snow­cat ac­cess to lift-free Burnt Moun­tain. All trails fun­nel to Su­gar­loaf’s com­pact base vil­lage, which of­fers enough lodg­ing, din­ing, and entertainment to keep the party rolling, whether that means soak­ing in a hot tub or glean­ing lo­cal tips at The Bag.

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