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The two things that come to most peoples minds when they think of winter are cold and snow.  December started us with great snow conditions which gave way to the January's sub zero temps.  February is here now and with it brings winter storm Nemo which is looking like it may go down in the history books as far as snow totals go along the eastern seaboard.  Storm totals have been all over the map so far, below is the most current total forecasts.

February also brings to Sugarloaf some great musical acts, vacation weeks, rail jams on the beach and even chainsaw carvers.  With great snow, loads of activities and longer warmer days Sugarloaf is in it's prime.  We still have a few rooms available for this weekend so make sure you reserve ASAP and dust off those powder skis because it's going to be a wild weekend!




If you haven't heard yet Christmas came a week early here at Sugarloaf and the Nestlewood Inn.  Mother Nature gave us 30 inches of fresh snow and another storm is slated to hit us on the 21st.  I know pretty much everywhere else in New England the past two storms gave nothing but rain but here it has been a completely different story.  Ski patrol has had their work cut out for them the past week, opening trails across the mountain, total trail count 115!

This vacation week brings a welcomed return to winter.  Sugarloaf has an action packed week of events to keep you busy throughout the week.
We hope that you can find some time for an escape to the Nestlewood Inn before the end of the year, if not we have a fun filled winter ahead of us and plenty of room to host your winter getaway.  See you soon!



Well we are well under way with the 12/13 ski season here at Sugarloaf, some folks have 7 days on hill already!  Thanks to steady cold temps dropping into the 20's every night snowmaking crews have been blanketing trails like Sluice, Skidder, Kings Landing, and Tote Road.  Access to these trails are via DRC and the Skyline Quad and we are expecting the Superquad to be up and running for Thanksgiving.    November 22nd marks Sugarloaf's annual Tin Can round up.  Bring 3 or more cans of food and get a lift ticket for just $30!!

December 8th and 9th are Demo Days here at Sugarloaf.  Try before you buy, for $5, try the newest gear from Vokll, K2 and many more.

It's time to pull out those crates of winter clothes and tune up your gear because winter is well on it's way!  We are booking up quickly for Christmas vacation and New Years so make sure to reserve your room before we book up.  I have a feeling that this winter is going to be one for the record books!!  Check out a few photos taken from this weekend, first of the new HDK snow guns pumping out that glorious made made pow, and second looking down Sluice chute.


Hard to believe it but Homecoming (click to see the schedule of events) is upon us.  There has been a few changes to the base area this summer, the most notable is the major remodel of the Down Hill Supply Company (formerly the Ski Shop), and painting of Village Center.

Alona was out yesterday and took some photos of the foliage.  We still have a few rooms available for the weekend so if you are interested in celebrating the upcoming winter season Give us a call.


Days are getting shorter and the leaves on the Maple trees are starting to change, colder nights and drier crisp air during the days, all these signs are pointing to the end of a fabulous summer.  There is still lots to celebrate however!  The fall is perfect hiking weather, the mountain bike trails over at the outdoor center and around the valley are all dry and fast, and weekend chairlift rides at Sugarloaf offer an easier way to reach 4,237' with just a short hike to the summit from the top of the SuperQuad.   Things are beautiful over at the golf course as well as you can see in the picture below of a friend teeing off from the 10th with the mighty Crocker mountains for a back drop.

The turning of the leaves also brings wedding season here in the area.  The Nestlewood Inn will be hosting a few wedding rehearsals in the upcoming months.  We are really excited to be able host these events that embark new chapters in peoples lives, and honestly who could think of a better more intimate setting than the Nestlewood Inn.

Rooms are still available for Homecoming weekend (10/5-7) which is always a great weekend here with great golf deals, cookouts, CVA's used equipment sale (don't miss it!!), and peak foliage just to name a few.  Come on up.


Summer is here!  Well not officially but close enough!  The lakes are warming up, the rainy start to June is nothing but a distant memory.  Temps have been hovering around 75 during the days and dropping into the low 50's at night.  Perfect star gazing weather.  Untamed New England is coming to the area for a 4 day endurance race starting tomorrow from Northern Outdoor and continuing through wilderness via paddling, ropes, and mountain biking.  Rumor has it that the mountain biking leg of the course is going to pass through Carrabassett Valley.

The Sugarloaf golf course is in great condition and if you are looking for a little less intimidation check out Moose Meadow's Par 3 golf course on Rt. 16 towards Rangeley.  Come join us in the great outdoors where you can find yourself relaxing by the river or pushing yourself to the limit climbing one of the five 4000ft+ peaks in the area.



We have had quite a rollercoaster of a month here starting with 30 inches of snow allowing Sugarloaf to open its newly expanded Brackett Basin, followed with a week of incredible mid winter conditions.  Temps hit a record high fueling suntanned smiles and incredible corn snow.  The last week here temps leveled out to more seasonable ranges allowing the mountain to fire up the snow guns!  Diligent grooming has put down an incredible surface that is improving everyday.

April is no stranger to snow, in the 06/07 season April dropped 95+ inches.  Alona tells me that in Wells Daisies are blooming but I have a feeling old man Winter is not through with us just yet.  Sugarloaf's 24th annual Reggae Festival is 4/12-15th and is a weekend of sun, skiing, and island rifts floating in mild spring air.  Insert yourself into this equation and I guarantee fun will be had.  We still have availability for the Festival so book soon to make sure you are a part of Sugarloaf history.


March has come in like a lion, blanketing us with 29 inches (that's not a misprint) in the last seven days!

There are some great things going on up here the next few weeks.  This up coming weekend is the 2nd Annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom.  Come on up and test your speed down what is shaping up to be an amazing course.  There will be several age brackets, so you won't be competing against Olympic Medalist!

March 17th Donovan Frankenreiter will grace the king pine room with his mellow rock continuing the Bud Light Concert Series.  If you haven't heard of Frankenreiter before his music can be compared with Jack Johnson, and if that's not ringing a bell you should probably check it out.

The ropes on Brackett Basin dropped last Saturday almost doubling Sugarloaf's ski-able acreage.  Check out our Facebook site for a point of view video of the basin I took yesterday (3/2), as well as a really neat aerial shot.

If you've been saving up those sick days at work it's time to cash them in.  Come visit, and celebrate winter!



It was a wonderful week up here boasting plentiful sunshine.  Thoughts of a goggle tans lingered in the back of many heads, however the fast edge-able snow made it hard to stay in one place for too long.  The steeps of King Pine to the cruisers of West mountain Sugarloaf is the place to be this winter.

As if the wonderful conditions wasn't an excuse enough to come up to the valley, Saturday night is round one of the Bud Light Concert Series here at Sugarloaf presenting Deer Tick and the Adam Ezera Group.

Make sure you reserve your room for the upcoming President's day weekend as well as February vacation.  Here's Ethan to give you the scoop on what's happening and what's to come. Hope to see you soon.




Winter is here!  It might not look like winter in your neck of the woods but mother nature has just graced us with some of the lightest snow I can ever remember skiing.  Here is a little video taken from yesterday's powder playground.   Sugarloaf's snowmakers have been doing an excellent job, and with the help from Thursday night's snow we are skiing on 94 trails.  The Outdoor center has been elated with the recent snow as well with 30km of XC skiing available.  If you have been waiting for the conditions to improve, wait no longer, we are experiencing great mid-winter conditions.

White White World Week starts on Sunday  We have some great mid-week rates if you are looking to come and spectate the wacky competitors who will compete in an array of competitions from a Silly Slalom (team of 3 racing a slalom course with a snow making hose), Dummy Jump, and Mechanical bull comp. just to name a few.  Come celebrate winter at the Nestlewood Inn.


Summer is in full swing up here in the Valley with temps rounding the mid 70's during the day, the perfect temprature for a game of golf or a hike up the Bigelow's.  Alona and I have been keeping ourselves busy here at the Nestlewood, and some how have been able to take advantage of the half a dozen or so swimming holes within 5 miles of the Nestlewood.

This weekend is Kingfield Days with lots of fun for the whole family.  Carrabassett will be hosting the Carrabassett Back Country Challenge, Sunday July 24th.  We are offering $100 rooms for anyone racing or supporting the event.  Call to Reserve.

Check out some of the Photo's of this summer so far.

If your ready to get away from it all and really relax, come on up to the Nestlewood Inn.


On behalf of the O'Connor's, Alona, Sadie and myself we want to thank everyone that helped make this winter a success here at the Nestlewood Inn.  Our loyal customers and the Sugarloaf community make us what we are!

Alona and I will be traveling to Russia and Ukraine to visit relatives, and indulge in Tanya's (Alona's mom) home cooking for the next three weeks.  This will be my first trip to the country side of Russia, as well as our first trip together to Ukraine.

Not to worry Kerry our good friend and care-taker of the Inn last summer will be here to book your stays this summer.  We will be re-opening June 1st.  Come visit, recharge your batteries in Valley.  June 25th is the Kingfield POPS and we are offering a great getaway package. We are looking forward to this summer and keep an eye out for our monthly social events, we'll keep you posted.

Do Svidaniya,

David, Alona & Sadie


April 1st and winter looks like it just won't let go, some could say it has even made a fool of us all!  If you enjoy wall to wall coverage, warm temps, powder and reggae, then April is the month you want to spend here at the Nestlewood Inn.  We have received over 2 feet of snow in the last 2 weeks.

I know spring is in full swing in southern New England, but if you haven't had enough winter yet, come revisit winter at the Nestlewood Inn.


Vacation week is in full swing up here at the Nestlewood Inn.  If your are thinking about spending a night or two with us give us a call as we only have a few openings left.

Sugarloaf is putting on there grand display of fireworks and torchlight parade tonight (2/22).  Wednesday is childrens festival night at the King Pine room, with live entertainment, carnival games and inflatables.  Comedian Bob Marley is at the Shipyard Thursday night with two shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.   Make sure to stop in at the Rack for a one of a kind atmosphere and nightly live entertainment.

The groomers have been doing an outstanding job tilling up the hard pack into fast edgable surfaces.  Weather reports are leaning towards a return of that wonderful January weather pattern, with above normal precipation and below normal temps, which = light fluffy snow.


What a week it has been here!  The temps have certainly been on the chilly side, but hey we are in Northern Maine.  The Groomers have been out and laying down tons of that Sugarloaf corduroy we all love yet keeping plenty of soft bumps on natural trails like Ripsaw, Bubblecuffer, and Winter's Way, just to name a few.

If you're out and in the area this weekend be sure to stop by the Rack (2/12) and check out the Bar Stewards, an Irish folk/rock group that will be sure to get your blood flowing.  This weekend look for the temps to climb into the mid 20's Saturday with a chance for flurries through Saturday night.  Sunday looks like it will be a bit cooler with highs in the mid to upper teens, so make sure you pack an extra layer.

Hope to see you on the hill!



What a wonderful first month of 2011 it has been for us up here in ski country!  Although we haven't been getting the snow that southern New England has been dealing with, let me assure you we are buried in it.

Things have been pretty lively at the Nestlewood with CVA parents, J2 races, the Special Olympics, oh yeah and the weekly 10" snow storms we have been receiving.  Winter is in full swing.  The only thing the locals are waiting for is the backside to open and if this weather pattern keeps up look for that to be happening sooner than later.

This weekend Sugarloaf plays host to blues rock Rusted Root, a Saturday night Rail Jam, and US Snowboard Open qualifier, The Main Event.   So if your into good music, good snow, and good wholesome family fun then you should be thinking about heading to the Nestlewood Inn.

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Check out Mornings at the Nestlewood for a daily picture.

Sugarloaf is wide open including the new Brackett Basin.  Great glade skiing with plenty of fresh powder to be had.  Reserve your fresh tracks today!



The storm has really hit us full force now.



This past week has been great up here on the hill.  Fast conditions with very edge able snow.  Temps have been perfect for snowmaking and with dull winds the past few days, snowmakers have made their way up to White Nitro.

Snow is on it's way and we are expecting anywhere from 4 to 9 inches of that fluffy stuff.  We still have a few rooms left for this upcoming MLK weekend so make sure to call or book online before we fill up.  Hope to see you on the hill.


It is sort of funny that I have always enjoyed snow shoveling, it is one of those activities that makes me feel like a little kid again.  Since about 11pm last night it has been snowing at a rate of 1-3 inches and hour!  So I'm feeling pretty young today.  We have received a solid 20+ inches here and it has not shown any signs of stopping.  Laughter, whooping, cat calls and chairlift banter to falling skiers were the only noises heard at Sugarloaf.  I usually ride with head phones but left them home this morning to enjoy the muffling effect snow has on sound.  That being said let me remind you that we still have a few vacancies for his vacation week.

Today is going to be one of those days that we're going to be talking about for a long time.



With this past weeks snow and today's bluebird skies I must say that Christmas came a day early up here at the Nestlewood Inn.  The mountain is in the best condition that I can remember it ever being this early in the season.  Ski Patrol has opened practically every trail off of the Spillway X-cut.  We still have a few rooms open for this coming week so I suggest that you make plans to get up here and get your turns in before 2010 expires.

Alona and myself wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Happy Winter!!


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As promised I broke away from the Inn today to sample what our beloved snowmakers have been laying down and let me tell you they have been doing a mighty fine job.  Superquad is in full effect with all your favorites, Kings Landing, Hayburner, Comp, Sluice, Gauge, and of course everybody's favorite Tote Road.

This weekend is looking like it is going to be one for the books with bluebird skies and comfy temps.  Look for the Kingpine and Wiffletree quads to be escorting skiers and riders to some of the best terrain the East has to offer.

Here is a little snapshot form the top of Spillway today, it captures a phenomenon that we have named a "snowbow".

Wish you were here!!



Did I mention we have discounted rooms for this weekend (12/17-18), call to book and receive 20% off your favorite room.

12/15/2010 Welcome to the Nestlewood Inn's Blog.  Alona and I want to send out best wishes for everyone this holiday season.  Snowmakers have been busy since this past weekends weather event.  We've also received some help from mother nature with a few flurries.  We'll be hitting the slopes tomorrow to give you a conditions update.   Rooms are booking up quickly for this holiday vacation so hurry up and make your plans to stay with us.  Book Here

Call us at 207.237.2077 for special rates for this weekend (12/16-12/17).

Happy Holiday's

David and Alona