Carrabassett Valley is a beautiful small town at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Maine’s most well known ski resorts. It is perhaps best known for being the home of the Carrabassett Valley Academy which trains young adolescents in academics and winter sports and fostered many young Olympians and national champions.
Sugarloaf/USA was opened in the 1950s by the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club. Within 20 years it had become one of the most popular destinations on the east coast, thanks in part to its hosting of several World Cup events in 1971.
Sugarloaf is the main event in this area, but there are plenty of things to do in Carrabassett Valley. Ski the slopes, snowboard in one of their great terrain parks or visit the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. If you’ve had your fill of winter sports, visit nearby Kingfield where you’ll find lots of great museums and shops, as well as great Victorian charm.
There are plenty of great places to eat in Carrabassett Valley and Kingfield. You’ll find lots of places to partake in the “apres” culture, and lots of great places to stop for a drink after a long day on the mountain. Restaurants here focus on simple Maine staples and favorites and great pub grub. Many of the area’s restaurants are great places for enjoying a drink with friends, playing a game of billiards, or just relaxing by the fire after a long day out in the cold.
There are also a great range of places to Stay in Carrabassett Valley. Stay slope side, with ski-in ski-out options and the lifts just a few steps from the main entrance. Stay in the alpine village in the heart of everything so you never miss what’s going on. Or stay at one of the many condos close to the mountain, or in town at a great bed and breakfast that will offer fantastic personal service and small town charm.
Carrabassett Valley has great skiing, nightlife and culture. It’s the perfect place for a quiet winter getaway for families, couples, or anyone who loves winter!