Carrabassett Valley

Carrabassett Valley

A forested pocket of Maine named for the birch-lined, boulder-strewn river that runs through it, Carrabassett Valley is nestled between the majestic Bigelow Mountains to its north and several peaks along its western edge. The tallest of these, Sugarloaf, is … Continue reading


The early-March morning was calm, quiet, and cold—a perfect day to test our nerve on a winter summit. We drove carefully up the winding road to the base of Burnt Mountain. As we checked our gear and put on our … Continue reading

Going All Out

“It was like Christmas every day when we moved in,” says tech entrepreneur Bob Neveu. “You’d open a drawer in the kitchen and it was like opening a present. Here’s a spatula and a whisk! Here’s a mixer!” He laughs … Continue reading

Hunker Down

Jason Lorning doesn’t do a lot of sitting still. In the past eight years, the Culinary Institute of America–trained chef and Yarmouth native has opened seven restaurants in Maine. Each has been a different concept, but they share the focus … Continue reading

High Rollers

Three summers ago, between two thunderstorms, Ian Butler’s wedding was held right here, beside the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. At the edge of wide Carrabassett Valley pond, it’s a stunning setting that frames an almost base-to-peak view of Sugarloaf and the … Continue reading

Backcountry Taxi

Before weaving between trees and traversing ungroomed snow, backcountry skiers usually have to hike up a mountain. At Sugarloaf, it can take a couple of hours to reach Burnt Mountain’s summit before skiing down its snow-filled glades. With the introduction … Continue reading

It’s a Long Way to the Top

As runners make their way up Sugarloaf‘s Binder Trail, their legs burn and ache. A cheeky sign tells them, “This is the only hill on the course.” But this is no hill—it’s a 4,237-foot mountain, the third highest peak in … Continue reading

Defined by the Details

In a downstairs guest room in Gail Blackburn’s cozy, chalet-style home in Carrabassett Valley, a framed vintage poster hangs above the bed. The poster is from a 1971 FIS Alpine Ski World race, the one and only time the international … Continue reading