5 things to look forward to at Sugarloaf this year

It’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Your friends are struggling to make their way from their Hillside double to your Subaru Outback, where the tunes are bumping and the Dunkin is flowing. With winter coming, many Colby students are eagerly awaiting the opening of Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the most popular destinations for the snowy days. Whether it’s a weekend outing with friends, a trip during Jan Plan, or the highly anticipated Reggae Fest, here are five things that Sloaf newbies should expect with the upcoming ski season:

1. The deadline for the Colby student pass is November 30. The Sugarloaf Student pass is available online for Colby students for $359. The best thing about this deal is that it will pay for itself after your 6th visit, and gives you access not only to Sugarloaf, but to Loon and Sunday River as well.

2. If you’re looking for a break from the dining halls,  the hour-long drive is completely worth it. The food trucks that rest at the base of Sugarloaf provide skiers with a wide range of eats, including donuts and gyros. On the way back, make sure to stop at Rolling Fatties, whose stickers you’ve probably spotted on laptops and water bottles around campus. Their local burritos make the perfect post-Sloaf meal.

3. Sugarloaf is getting an upgrade – and it’s worth $1.3 million. King Pine was revamped over the summer to include a state of the art terminal, which replaced the entire load terminal, tensioning and braking systems, electronics, gear box, and  anti-rollback system. This addition is set to be ready in December, just in time for all of those Jan Plan ski trips.

4. The dates for the 28th annual Reggae Fest have been announced! It will be held on April 14-17, 2015.

5. As of today, the Loaf has 123 snowguns online and making snow on Lower Tote Road, Candyside, and Kings Landing. Colby students will be cruising down Narrow Gauge before we know it.

Keep your fingers crossed for snow!

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