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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Loafers rejoice, Brackett Basin debuts...
Cue the cow bells, sound the Swiss horn as Brackett Basin is now open for skiers and riders at Sugarloaf. The much anticipated glade terrain, part of Sugarloaf’s 665 acre expansion on Burnt Mountain, was enjoyed by eager Loafers thanks to 10 inches of fresh snow. Patrol dropped ropes on the four upper glades of Brackett Basin that can be reached off the top of King Pine, Birler, Sweeper, Edger, and Cant Dog, which represents about 60 acres of the 270-acres of glade skiing that Sugarloaf plans to open this winter. Logging continues on the rest of the new terrain, but should open soon as long as workers and ma nature keep up their good work
Keep in mind this is backcountry terrain, featuring ungroomed, natural snow with the occasional stumps, bumps, jumps, and plenty of trees peppered in. So go with a buddy and use caution as trees don’t move – so you should. Sparks could fly and P-tex could peel off but this is still exciting new terrain for Sugarloaf skiers and good news after the lift derailment over the Christmas holiday. For those that have poached this wild terrain prior to it joining Sugarloaf’s official trail map, this is good news and bad news. The glades are better pruned now (good), but now you have to share your sweet stash (bad).
Brackett Basin is part of the “Sugarloaf 2020” ten-year expansion plan that will eventually double Sugarloaf’s in-bounds terrain, making it the largest ski area in the East. Tree skiing in Brackett and a juicy Bag burger should put a smile on every Loafers’ face.