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Sunday River l Sugarloaf l Saddleback l Shawnee Peak l Mt Abram

Sunday River & Sugarloaf - Maine’s World Class Ski Destinations

These ski resorts are full service destinations with extensive lift networks, snowmaking, ski and snowboard lessons for every member of the family and all ability levels. Each offers four season resort amenities- Maine ski resort lodging from hotels to condos, spas and health centers, shops and restaurants to keep you busy for a week’s ski vacation.

Sugarloaf
Route 27, Carrabassett Valley 800-THELOAF, Info: 207-237-2000, Snow Phone: 207-237-6808 
Sugarloaf/USA is New England biggest ski resort and Maine’s largest single ski mountain, with a breathtaking summit and miles of exciting trail options, from snowfields to groomed cruisers. This destination Maine resort features extensive terrain, plus extensive new glades in Brackett Basin and a new Skyline quad. A convenient slopeside village brims with activities, cozy restaurants like the Bag and Gephettos, shops, and resort lodging from The Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel to The Sugarloaf Inn and loads of condominiums.
Vertical Drop: 2,820’. 1,056 Skiable Acres. 158 Trails: 63 Expert Trails, new expanded Glades, Intermediate,34 Beginner. 14 Lifts: 5 quads (2 high speed), 1 Triple, 6 Doubles, 2 Surface Lifts. 95% Snowmaking. Terrain parks and 2 pipes. Zip line.

Sunday RiverSunday River
Off Route 2, Bethel 800-543-2SKI / Snow reports 207-824-5200
Sunday River’s 8-interconnected mountain peaks are consistently covered by Legendary Sunday River
Sunday River snow. High speed lifts and guaranteed snow on all of the River’s 820 acres of terrain make this a skier’s paradise. Sunday River is New England's second largest ski resort thanks to the recent addition of glades and new terrain. The Chondola whisks skiers from South Ridge to North Peak in style and comfort, day and night. A favorite on mountain lunch spot is atop the Chondola at North Peak Lodge, while après ski is best at The Foggy Goggle. There are plenty of activities, lodging and facilities to enjoy on and off the slopes at this Boyne resort.
Vertical Drop: 2,340’. 135 Trails: 38 Beginner, 52 Intermediate, 45 Black Diamond. 15 Lifts: 1 Chondola, 9 Quads (5 high speed), 3 Triples, 1 Double, 1 Surface Lifts. 92% Snowmaking. 4 Terrain parks and 2 halfpipes.

Saddleback
Rt. 4, Rangeley 207-864-5671
The highest base elevation of any ski area in New England. Saddleback offers classic New England skiing with old fashioned flair and stunning views of the Rangeley Lakes region. Currently the Berry family is seeking investors, and Saddleback is not open, after spending millions on a beautiful post and beam base lodge, improved lifts and new terrain. Intermediate skiers will love cruisers like Royal Coachmanoff the Rangeley double chair. The Kennebago Quad delivers skiers to the scenic summit, and the challenging self-contained expert zone of Kennebago Steeps with Black Beauty and Casablanca -the largest glade in the Northeast, or long leisure runs like America. A long traverse out to Mule Skinner offers a virtual out of bounds experience. The Swig-n-Smelt Lounge has lively local après-ski. On mountain condo rentals available.
Vertical Drop 2,000’. 66 Trails: 25 Beginner, 19 Intermediate, 22 Black Diamond. 5 Lifts: 2 Quads, 2 Double Chairs, 1 T-Bars. 85% Snowmaking. Terrain park and pipe. Expansive lodge with cafeteria, Rental & Ski Shop, Daycare, and Lounge.

Black Mountain of MaineBlack Mountain
Route 2, Rumford. 207-364-8977
This Rumford town ski area is located in Longfellow’s mountain range. Black Mountain lift tickets are a deal at $15 a day, or $150 for a season pass. This small ski area has a summit triple chair accessing over 1,000 vertical and a lower mountain beginner double chair. Black is also host to 35 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails with a designated Touring Center, plus snow tubing on five chutes make for exciting alternatives.
Vertical Drop 1,150’, 5 Lifts: 1 Triple, 1 Double Chair, 2 Handle Tows, 1 T-bar. 20 Trails: 4 Beginner, 10 Intermediate, 6 Most Difficult. 90% snowmaking. Terrain park and 300’ Tubing lift with 5 chutes. Night skiing. Post and Beam Base lodge with Cafeteria, Lounge and Ski Shop with Rentals.


Mt. Abram
How Hill Road, Route 26, Greenwood, 07-875-5000Mt Abram

This fun ski mountain feels bigger than its statistics belie. Beginners have their own Westside learning area, while intermediates take  cruisers like Dudley Do Right and Bullwinkle. Experts go for the double black steeps of Rocky’s Run. Kids love the Boneyard Terrain park and the Flying Squirrel snow-tubing park with its own special lift and lights at night. Mount Abram is a family friendly ski area, located 10 minutes south of Bethel, now under new ownership with Matt Hancock and Rob Lalle bringing new energy and boundary to boundary skiing via improved glades.
Vertical Drop 1,150’. 44 Trails: 10 Beginner, 21 Intermediate, 13 Most Difficult; Glades. 5 Lifts: 2 Doubles, 1 T-Bar, 1 Handle Tow, 1 Magic Carpet. 85%Snowmaking. Night lights on the Boneyard Terrain Park and Flying Squirrel Tubing hill. Ski School, day care, ski shop with rentals, cafeteria & Loose Boots Lounge with live music and pub fare in a temporary base lodge until 2012.

Shawnee PeakShawnee Peak
Route 302, Bridgton  207-647-8444
"Sneak to the Peak" for great family skiing, only 45 minutes from Portland. This is also New England’s largest night skiing and boarding facility. This mountain offers great skiing on 2 sides, and awesome views of Mount Washington. As a family operated ski mountain, the Peak offers some innovative super savers and family lift ticket deals for day, night and twilight. Shawnee installed a New CTEC triple in 2010 with conveyor loading, and debuts cat skiing first tracks for 2011.

Vertical Drop 1,300’. 44 Trails: 7 Beginner, 23 Intermediate, 14 Most Difficult, 19 Night Skiing: 5 Lifts: 1 Quad, 2 Triples, 1 Double, and 1 Carpet. 99% Snowmaking. Night skiing. 2 Terrain Parks and a Halfpipe. Ski School, SkiWEE program, childcare, and Blizzard's Pub for après-ski.

Maine’s Family Recreational Ski Areas
These ski areas come in various shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is affordable skiing and fun for the entire family.

Big Squaw Ski Resort
447 Ski Resort Road, Greenville, 207-695-2400
SquawBig Squaw on Moose Mountain, a few miles from Moosehead Lake, has a classic New England trail layout. An old double chair once served excellent terrain for advanced intermediates and experts from the summit. The summit lift failed in 2004 and has not reopened, call ahead to confirm the lower mountain triple is open for 800' vertical of modest beginner/intermediate terrain. Big Squaw Ski Area is being operated by the non-profit Friends of Squaw Mountain this winter. The stunning views of Moosehead Lake and Mount Katahdin in the distance are arguably the best in the Northeast! Squaw, Moose Mountain, is not fancy, it’s hearty and unadorned, with a very low lift ticket price!
Vertical Drop 800’. 17 Trails: 7 Beginner, 8 Intermediate. 2 Lifts: Triple Chair, Pony lift, Summit Double Chair closed till further notice. Cafeteria, ski shop and rentals are offered by local volunteers. Big Squaw's on-mountain 56 room hotel is closed.

Big Rock Ski Area
Rt. 1A, Mars Hill. 207-425-6711
Bigrock is a big ski mountain, drawing skiing families from nearby Presque Isle and Houlton. Under the direction of Maine Winter Sports, $15 day tickets and affordable rentals and lessons are geared to make skiing fun for families. Mars Hill Mountain is the tallest vertical in northern Maine and the Maritimes, offering skiing for every ability level, including night skiing. For steep and challenging terrain, head out to the Ho Chi Min trail. Mars Hill summit hosts a strand of wind turbines, which contribute some energy to the ski hill.
Vertical 980’. 5 Lifts: 1 Triple and 1 Double Chair, 1 Poma, 1 handle tow, and 1 carpet. 30 Trails: 8 Expert, 14 Intermediate, 8 Beginner. 80% Snowmaking. Terrain Park, plus 4 Lanes of Tubing. Cafeteria, Night skiing, Lounge, Ski Rentals.

Camden Snow BowlCamden Snow Bowl
Hosmer Pond Road, Camden 207-236-3438 / 207-236-4418 Snow Phone
"Where the Mountain Meets the Sea." Camden is truly a unique experience to be skiing and enjoying views of the Atlantic and Penobscot Bay. Classic New England trails like Camden Toboggen ShootSpinnaker and Northeaster offer  exhilaration for intermediate skiers. Recent upgrades include a new triple and double chair, new glades, and snowmaking improvements. Camden Snow Bowl has affordable family skiing or riding by the sea by day or under the lights at night, a terrain park, plus 500’ Snow Tubing Hill and 400’ National Championship Toboggan chute, ice-skating on the pond.
Vertical Drop: 850’. 1 Triple, 1 Double Chair, T-Bar, 1 Handle Tow. 12 Trails. Terrain Park and Nordic ski trails. 50% Snowmaking.

Eaton Mountain
Lambert Road, Skowhegan 207-474-2666 call ahead for operational hours
Eaton offers a small mountain experience with everything from glades to a snowboard park, and affordable tickets for the entire family. Lights cover the 525’ mountain for night skiing seven days a week adn snow tubing.
Vertical Drop: 525’. 1 Double Chair. 12 Trails: 3 Beginner, 5 Intermediate, 4 Most Difficult. Terrain Park. Snow Tubing. 50% Snowmaking. Night skiing . Ski School, Rentals, Cafeteria & Lounge.

Lost Valley
Lost Valley Road, Exit 75 ME Turnpike, Auburn 207-784-1561
Lost Valley has been a family owned and operated ski area for three generations. Two Chairs service 15 trails including the Beaver Snowboard Park. Enjoy cruising on wide-open Bobcat and Big Buck. Ideally located within 5 minutes of downtown Lewiston/Auburn, the popular ski by the hour ticket means there is no excuse not to do a little day or night skiing this season. Vertical Drop: 243’. 2 Double Chairs. 15 Trails: 6 Beginner, 4 Intermediate, 5 Most Difficult. Terrain Park. Night Skiing. 100% Snowmaking. Ski School, Rentals, and Cafeteria.

Baker Mountain
Moscow,207-612-9200.
This central Maine ski hill is operated by volunteers so that local kids can ski. Baker’s heart is bigger than the 460' vertical and five trails. Baker dates backs to the 1930’s, today’s summit T-bar is authentic 1969 vintage.
Vertical Drop 460’. 1 T-Bar. 5 Trails: 2 Beginner, 3 Intermediate. Night skiing. Ski School on school vacation weeks.

Lonesome Pine Trails
Fort Kent,
207-834-5202
This affordable family-oriented ski area, located in the northern tip of the state, overlooks the scenic St. John River Valley. Bordering Canada, natural snowfall at this ski area is abundant. Lonesome Pines also offers World Class Nordic trails.
Vertical Drop 500’. 2 Lifts: 1 T-bar, 1 J-bar. 13 trails: 1 Beginner, 7 Intermediate, and 5 Most Difficult. Terrain Park,
Night Skiing. 60% Snowmaking, Lodge and Café, Rentals.

Mt. Jefferson
Rt 6, Lee, 207-738-2377
This is the epitome of a family owned and operated ski area, since 1963. Jefferson’s 12 trails are reliant on Mother Nature, but with fresh snow the half mile Willow Way takes a scenic & gradual path around the mountain. Inside the rustic lodge, skiers find lunch under $5 and of course, friendly conversation is free.
Vertical Drop 432’. 3 Lifts: 2 T-bars, 1 rope tow. 12 trails: Beginner,6 4 Intermediate, and 3 Most Difficult. Halfpipe. Cafeteria, Ski School, Rentals.

Powderhouse Hill
South Berwick, 207-384-5858
This is Maine's southernmost ski area, which dates back to 1939 when an old pick up truck ran the rope tow. This place is a blast from the past with $5 tickets and a rustic lodge with a woodstove and snack bar.
Vertical Drop 150’. 1 rope tow. 3 trails.

Hermon Mountain Newburg Road, Hermon, 207-848-5192
"Good People, Good Times, Good Skiing, Good Food" is their slogan. Overlooking Hermon Pond are great cruisers like Cloud Nine, Scenic and Lakeview. So close to Bangor, Hermon is convenient and affordable for Maine families.
Vertical Drop 350’. 1 Double Chair and 1 T-bar. 20 Trails: 6 Beginner, 7 Intermediate,7 Most Difficult. Halfpipe. Snow Tubing with 5 chutes and a Handle Tow. 100% Snowmaking.Night skiing.
Ski School and Rentals, Cafeteria.

Quoggy Jo Ski Center Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, 207-764-3248
Located in Presque Isle, Quoggy Jo is perfect for first time skiers and young families. A ski playground with animated figurines keep the kids entertained while they learn to turn. At the summit is a state of the art Biathlon Center with world-class Nordic skiing and a training facility for the US Biathlon team. This facility is under the direction of the Maine Winter Sports Center which also operates Black and Big Rock.
Vertical Drop 215’. 1 T-bar. 5 Trails: 2 Beginner, 3 Intermediate.

Spruce Mountain Jay, 207-897-4090
Located in central Maine, Spruce is a quaint family ski hill, run primarily by volunteers since 1960. It takes three rope tows to get to the top. On the banks for the Androscoggin River, this family friendly hill is old fashioned right down to the affordable ticket prices. Jointly owned by Jay & Livermore communities, with $11-17 lift tickets.
Vertical Drop 300’. 3 Rope Tows. 11 Trails: 3 Beginner, 5 Intermediate, 3 Most Difficult. 50% Snowmaking. Night skiing. Nordic Trails.
 

Titcomb Mountain
Route 4 & 27, West Farmington 207-778-9031
Just outside of Farmington, Titcomb is a like a country club of ski hills. Dating back to 1939, this veritable skiers’ museum is the oldest club-operated ski area in the country, founded by the Titcomb family. Now owned and operated by the Farmington Ski Club, members and visitors alike enjoy non-existent lines at their two T-bars, pleasant trails, and very reasonable lift tickets.
Vertical Drop 340’. 2 T-Bars, 1 handle tow. 15 Trails: 4 Beginner, 5 Intermediate, 6 Most Difficult. Terrain Park. 70% Snowmaking. Night skiing and 16km of cross-country trails. Base Lodge with cafeteria and a big fireplace.

Oxford Plains Snow Tubing
Route 26, Oxford 207-539-2454
This Tubing Hill is conveniently located right on Route 26. With four tubing lanes, served by a lift and covered with 100% snowmaking, this is a fun way to embrace winter. The 100' vertical hill is open weekends and holidays.

Seacoast Fun ParkSeacoast Snow Park
Route 302, Windham 207-892-5952

This Snow Park now has a 5 acre terrain park (with 100' vertical drop). It is also a learning and practice facility with a terrain garden for snowboards and the latest rage in ski equipment - ski boards. Learn to snowboard and ski board programs and packages are available.
Snowmaking. 2 Tow Lifts. Lit up at Night.
Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, School Vacation Weeks and School Snow Days. Base Lodge with Sports Lounge and Big Screen TV, food service, arcade, ski school and rentals.

Ski Lodging in Maine

 Sunday River l Sugarloaf l Saddleback l Shawnee Peak l Mt Abram

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