By Sasha Yakovleff
April may be known as mud season in New England, but it is also the home month of one of the best late-season ski events. Welcoming the transition into mucky spring shoulder season is Reggae Fest in Sugarloaf, Maine. Your local resort may have already shut down (hopefully not, given the abundant late-season snow most Eastern resorts have seen this year); either way, it’s worth making the trip to Maine for the 2014 Sugarloaf Reggae Fest.
In most years Reggaefest is a saving grace; a mid-April weekend ski getaway just as most people have taken out the golf clubs and mountain bikes and signed off on old man winter. This always comes in a much-need transition time before the trails dry out and we forget about skiing altogether.
This year Reggae Fest is happening April 10-13. As always, Sugarloaf has a stellar lineup ready to bring down the house all weekend, including Iration, Green Lion Crew, Royal Hammer, Kiwi, and more. This is the 26th annual festival, so the resort has things very dialed at this point, including lodging deals, other entertainment options, and more.
What's the best part about Reggae Fest? That is a hard question to answer: the whole weekend is always awesome from start to finish. First, you are at one of the biggest and baddest mountains in the East and it's late-season so the snow is soft and playful. The park, groomers, and bumps are all buttered up just waiting for your edges. Second, you are listening to live Reggae tunes all weekend. The beers are flowing, the sun is out, spring birds are chirping, and you are shredding—all in all, that's pretty hard to beat.
So before you hang the skis and boards up for the year and pump the tires up, put Reggae fest on your radar and get up there. The vibe is on-point and the spring skiing is phenomenal this year. After more than four feet of new snow in March and even a few straggling storms rolling through this month already, the spring skiing is about as good as it gets.
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