My Sugarloaf: Dan Marion’s Sweet Stashes

By Ryan Dunfee

When he’s not bouncing around the globe searching for Powder, Dan the Gnarbarian usually finds it at home in Sugarloaf. Photo: Geoff McDonald

 

Dan Marion has done a lot for the reputation of Sugarloaf during his ski career. The Mainer–often known by his "inner animal" the Gnarbarian–has been competing off and on in the professional halfpipe skiing circuit while simultaneously bringing his silkworm-smooth pow shredding to the masses filming with Vermont-based Meatheads Films in New England, Quebec, Michigan, Japan, and Europe. While Dan now owns and runs a farm in Maine with his family during the growing season, he still takes winters off to compete in the halfpipe and sniff out fresh snow whenever it lands on the 'Loaf. While he can't give away some of his hard-found stashes, he's happy to help you find more than enough good turns around the mountain.

 

Place to ski on a Powder Day: If I told you my favorite I would be skinned, so I will point out some of the more obvious epic pow shreds. You can't beat Cant Dog glades. They have opened it up in the past couple years but that just allows you to go faster and cover more ground. Lots of great terrain that might make you forget you are in the East.

 

Stashes that will make you forget you’re in the East. Photo: Courtesy of Sugarloaf

 

Place to get snacks for the powder day backpack: I'm really good at forgetting things so the Mountainside Grocery is conveniently placed 100 feet from the base of the Super Quad for people like me. Snacks, water, cheap beer–it's all right there.

 

Place to ski on a spring day: I've had some of my most memorable spring slashes coming down the Front Face of the Snowfields. Its got a really nice pitch and it seems like you can go a different route every time you get up there!

 

Place to take the family skiing: All of the runs off the Super Quad will get the whole family hooting and hollering. If the wind is calm, I would recommend heading up Timberline to rip up some of the meandering trails in that neck of the woods.

 

Place for Dinner: The Bag and Kettle home of the legendary "Bag Burger.” It's a staple in the world of the Sugarloafer.

 

Place for Aprés: This is tough for me because I love them all! Start your night with "Bonesaws" (A drink I helped perfect) at the Widowmaker. And then mosey on down to The Rack for some live music and questionable locals. Never a dull moment with either option.