If you didn’t catch yesterday’s Irregular, then you might have missed this little nugget. Thanks to a land deal with Plum Creek, we have officially acquired the terrain enclosed in red in the image above, meaning we’ll be able to officially open that area this winter for the first time ever.
It’s not for the feint of heart. This area represents some of the most technically challenging inbounds terrain you’ll find anywhere in the east, with steep, exposed areas, unmarked hazards, and some mandatory cliff drops.
If you’re one of the few who are familiar with this area already, you likely know if by names like “Awesome,” “Ball and Chain,” “Adrenaline,” and “Hell’s Gate.”
This year, when snow conditions permit, it will be accessible via a gate system, similar to backcountry access gates frequently found at western resorts.
From the article:
“Skiers and snowboarders have been asking us to allow them access to these areas for years,” Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf Vice President of Mountain Operations said. “But we never owned the land, so it simply wasn’t possible. This land deal allows us to offer controlled access to this area, and ensure that anyone who ventures out there knows just what they’re getting into.”
Read the full story in the Irregular here,