Maine is a favorite destination for ocean lovers, naturalists, and those looking for rare seaside treasures and landscapes. But don’t deny yourself a trip to Maine in winter …to the mountains. Many think of New England skiing in the Green Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Maine has the least crowded skiing on the East Coast, on the same ridgeline of glacially carved mountains, offering some of the finest terrain. Maine is actually home to the two biggest ski resorts in New England for acreage and terrain, Sugarloaf is #1 with 1,056 acres and Sunday River is now #2 with 870-acres of ski terrain – and they are sister resorts, owned by Boyne, sharing the same pass privileges, both IKON pass resorts too.
Maine’s ski areas offer unspoiled views of expansive forest, inland lakes, and Camden Snowbowl even overlooks the brilliant waters of the Atlantic. This is the way skiing should be … in Maine’s great outdoors.
Maine has world class ski resorts like Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Saddleback, (not currently open), to old-fashioned big mountains like Big Squaw, to quaint family run ski hills including Shawnee Peak , Camden Snow Bowl and Mount Abram. Maine’s northern location assures plentiful snowfall in winter, still downhill ski areas guarantee consistent quality skiing with snow making coverage and modern grooming equipment.
Skiing in Maine is as diverse as the state is immense. Sugarloaf is one big mountain with well over 2,000’ vertical of snowfields, steeps and glades for the extreme skier. Sunday River has a super impressive lift networking connecting eight mountain peaks and the most reliable snow with over 1,900 snow guns providing a long ski season from October through April.
Shawnee Peak, Lost Valley and Black are charming ski hills to comfort the newest skier in the family. Finding enough winter recreation is no problem, you will find snowboarding halfpipes and terrain parks to moonlit cross-country touring and night skiing in the clear star-filled mountain air.
The Pine Tree State hosts World Cup and national ski, snowboard, biathlon and toboggan competitions contenders to thrill spectators, competitors from around the globe come to Maine for ski and freeski events like Dumont Cup and Seth Wescott’s SBX competitions, while festivals and winter carnivals at resorts bring fun for amateurs.
Read our Maine family ski reviews to find the best Maine ski resort for your family ski trip. Check out these Maine Ski Hotels for ski lodging during your next Maine ski vacation – the perfect cure for cabin fever…