Dirt Cheap – Sugarloaf, Maine

Dirt Cheap – Sugarloaf, Maine


My name is Chas Bruns. And I travel the world in search of the cheapest food hostels, transportation and tours so you don’t have to. Which means, you’re going to get to find out some of the best places in the world to eat. Some of the best people in the world to meet And where to go to have a damn good time. And the best part is I’m gonna show you how to do it all Dirt Cheap This episode is proudly brought to you by Bangor Lawn and Landscape. Whether you need a gravel driveway, some landscaping or just want your lawn mowed they’ve got you covered. Call today and tell them, “Chas sent ya!” In this episode I’m headed back to Maine to go skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain. I started skiing here at 4 years old so it’s near and dear to my heart. It’s the largest ski resort on the East Coast with over 162 trails and glades. It’s 4,237 feet tall. And the Appalachian Trail comes within a half a mile of its peak. First I’m gonna show you where to stay Hostel of Maine is by far the cheapest option. Depending on time of year it can range from $45 to $65 for shared dorms. Everything in this hostel is brand new and super clean. And you’re surrounded by nothing but trees. They’ve got free breakfast and free wifi. And they also have a free kitchen in case you want to cook your own food. You wake up in the morning with the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had in Maine and then you can go ride in wonderful snow. It’s the cheapest place to stay at Sugarloaf. If you don’t live in Maine, I suggest flying in Bangor and renting a car at Darlings. It will cost you about $60 a day for rental and gas. This weekend at Sugarloaf is Reggae Fest. One of the best times of the year. We’re going to bed early cause we want to get first tracks in the morning. Gonna start out my day with some coffee at Java Joes. Obviously eat the free breakfast and coffee at the hostel. But if you sleep in too late, Java Joes has you covered. Come see us a Java Joes. I think he might have been making fun of all the thumbs up I do in my show. But it really was good. One of the best parts about coming up for Reggae Weekend is it’s the end of the season. So you can get tons of stuff for half price. I wanted a Reggae Weekend shirt and it wasn’t on sale but had it been, it would have been $12.50. So just pretend I got something on sale. Reggae Weekend baby! Lets get out on the slopes. If you buy your tickets early online they’re $39. Otherwise they’re between $50 and $100 depending on age and college discount. We’re going to get first tracks. This is my dad, Ric Bruns. The man, the myth, the legend. Life is good. He’s taught me a lot of things over the years But most importantly, how to ski. And there’s nothing better than getting first tracks. First tracks! The only people that skied down this trail before us were Sugarloaf employees. But if you want to be the first to cut the corduroy you better wake up early. My dad wrote this song you’re hearing with his writing partner Greg Lunn. It’s called “Flying,” by Union House Band. I played drums and bass. You could not ask for better conditions. It’s insane. Woo Who! It’s a “blue bird” day! Best day of the year! Peace, love and harmony at the top of the earth. Time to head into Bullwinckle’s for a hot cocoa. $2.50 for a nice hot Earl Grey tea with bergamot oil Ah…la heim. Even on a beautiful day like today you gotta swing into Bullwinckle’s to grab a hot cocoa or a beer. Speaking of drinking Let me show you a few more local hangouts. The Bag is my personal favorite. They’ve even got one of my Maine Home Stickers on the door. Nice touch. It’s usually a full house for lunch. So if you want to avoid the crowds, come early. My dad is being healthy and got a beat and walnut salad. I, on the other hand, am not. I’m getting the “world famous” Bag Burger. Ladies and gentleman, this is what skier hat hair looks like. The Bag Burger is by far my favorite burger on the planet. And the Bag Sauce is its secret. Make sure to load it up on there baby. Haha Look at that bad boy. Nothing like it. We love The Bag Okay, I obviously coached them on what to say. But it’s true. They’ve even got video games and free pop corn. Speaking of prices, let me show you another option. Hunker Down is a great place to grab a beer and get some $6 shoe string fries. Another great spot is D’ellies. No matter what sandwich you get get it on anadama bread. It’s freaking delicious. D’ellies is literally the only thing I eat at Sugarloaf. Haha I eat the pickles. Their half sandwiches start at $6.90 Or you can get a cup of soup for $3.85. But seriously, try the anadama. Also make sure to check out the Reggae Weekend food vendors. $3 a slice and they always use fresh ingredients. It’s delicious. But if you’re cheap like me, head over to the Sugarloaf Grocery Store. They’ve got everything you need and it’s always fun to pack a lunch and eat it on the mountain. But I gotta be honest with ya. I’m here for the hot dogs. 2 for $3. Or a $1.25 for one. Lets get back out on the slopes. Happy Reggae man! Yeah! Rastafari! This is my brother Andy. Long lines on Reggage Weekend man. Whoo! But Reggae Weekend lines are the best lines. Sugarloaf is the best mountain in Maine bub! Wooo! Wooo! The 80’s are back in style. Yes sir. Gotta love the costumes. Happy Reggae! Woooo! Andy used to snowboard too, but now he’s switched back to skiing. When he said he could do a 1080, I wasn’t really expecting this. And yes, he is a better skier than I am But in my defense, my agent told me I couldn’t do any tricks this episode. I’m shooting a huge action film with Jennifer Lawrence next month Can’t risk and injury. But I swear that I used to be good. Well, a little better than I am now. Luckily, I’ve got some footage from high school to prove it. Roll that VHS tape. Somewhere in the midst of all this I broke some ribs. And then a few months later, trying to impress a girl I did a back flip and broke my back. Luckily, I made a speedy recovery and regained full mobility. However, my days of spinning in the air or grinding on trees are over. But at least I’ve got the VHS tapes. But honestly, I was just decent. If you want to see somebody who actually got some talent check out my friend Brett Mitchell. He does a back flip like it’s nothing Then a 720 and then wrap things up with what I think is a shirtless barrel roll back flip followed by a 180 I’ll let you decide. Brett was about 15 years old when he did this. The man Alright, enough reminiscing Let me show you some new footage. This was shot by producer, director and photographer Chris Powers. We grew up together at Sugarloaf shooting snowboard videos. But since then he’s gone on to produce video game commercials for gold medalist Michael Phelps became the John Hancock photographer of the Boston Marathon. And now works on the internal creative team for Puma. Make sure to check out his Instagram. Especially if you want to see what it’s like to go surfing on the coast of Maine. In the middle of winter. Yeah, he’s a maniac. Chris used to do marketing for Sugarloaf and he was nice enough to give me these clips. I edited it to the track Synergy by Geographer. I hope you like it. Alright, time to get back to the party. It is Reggae Weekend after all. Everybody’s dancing and having a great time. What’s not to love? And there’s an outdoor hot tub at the hotel, but technically you’re supposed to be a guest. Are they guests? Who knows? I’m going back to the beach. That’s where all the action is at. You can come dance to Reggae on the beach for free. And you guys have been asking for more Lucy so here’s some more Lucy. She’s most definitely living her best life. But I don’t think she was really in the mood to dance. She was fairly distracted by all the delicious food. Sugarloaf has a free shuttle bus. And I’m taking it to the Sugartree Club. They’ve got a bar with food, a full gym and of course and indoor pool. But I’m here for the outdoor hot tubs. We love the hot tubs. I swear I don’t force people to say these things They really do like the hot tubs. A day pass to the club will cost you $12. I’m gonna grab dinner across the street at Shipyard. Come visit us at Shipyard for Reggae Weekend. Happy Reggae! They had a Reggae style lamb soup on special as well as live entertainment. The soup was delicious. But if you still want cheaper make friends with some locals and see if there’s any BBQ’s. We heard Dan and Moe were throwing a rippah! And if you bring a bag of chips or some beer, I’m sure they’ll let you join. Burgers and hot dogs. What more could you ask for? It’s getting late, so we’re gonna head on down to The Rack. Yeah!!! Free shuttle bus Ow ow ow! If you get there before eight o’clock entry is $15 instead of $20. My brother is here for one reason only. We’re here for the $3 PBR’s. $3 on Reggae Weekend, but the rest of the winter they’re only $2. Tastes like water and bread. Every time. Let me give you a quick tour. I would describe the atmosphere as local Sugarloaf meets Maine meets bizarre. My favorite part is the gondola overlooking the stage. They’ll be live music there later. My friend Jimmy Sturzenberger loves bottle caps. He made this table, as well as most of the art throughout the bar. If you want to buy one, or have him make you one from scratch just send him an email. The majority of his works at The Rack are for sale. So go ahead and make him an offer. This place is pretty big, so you’re getting the abbreviated tour. Lets go downstairs and check out the game room. It’s his birthday dude. It’s his birthday. We love The Rack. If you’re not into video games they’ve got foosball and pool upstairs. And outside they’ve got the ring game. But it’s pretty tough. They also have an outdoor fire pit and an old gondola where you can keep warm. Wooo! Listen Under no circumstances should you ever smoke weed in there. Especially on Reggae Weekend. But if someone happens to trick you into smoking the wacky tobacky Ya might get hungry. Luckily, The Rack has $5 burgers. Justin was completely sober and he ate two of them. So they must have been good. I don’t often come to Sugarloaf but when I do, I come to The Rack. Couldn’t agree more. Another option for Reggae Weekend is the Widowmaker. Were taking the free shuttle to check it out. They’ve got multiple bars and multiple bands. Tickets for Friday night are $20 when you buy early online. It’s awesome! Wooo! So if Reggae Weekend looks like a good time to you just remember You can do this too. I showed you a ton of food options for lunch To match this budget, get he hot dog. And now a moment with Ric Bruns. He’d like to tell you about the views from the summit. Hi, this is the sleeping indian. It’s Bigelow Mountain. If you look closely at the silhouette of the mountain you’ll see on this end he’s wearing a head dress He’s lying on his back. As you move down the silhouette, you’ll see a tear coming out of his eye. Then you’ll see his arms folded on his chest. And as you continue on you’ll see his feet. So trace the silhouette The sleeping indian Sugarloaf and Bigelow. Over here is Sunday River ski mountain. If you look to the right, I believe that’s Mount Washington. That;’s one of the largest mountains in the white mountain chain. Mount Washington has some of the highest winds in North America. Clocked in the 200 somewhat miles an hour. And a few weeks ago, since we’re in that same chain of wind the tower here (one of the towers here on Sugarloaf) got blown over and crushed. And if you turn around, you can see it. He really is Sugarloafs #1 fan. Yeah!

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