“Sneak to the Peak” for great family skiing, only 45 minutes from Portland and half an hour from North Conway in beautiful Bridgton Maine. Shawnee Peak was previously called Pleasant Mountain, and the skiing here is very pleasant, laid back and super scenic. From atop Pleasant Mountain, you can see the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Moose Pond below.
Shawnee Peak started in 1937, celebrating 75 years this 2012-13 season, and now offers over 40 trails and glades, and 5 lifts including a CTEC summit triple new in 2010 with a conveyor system that automatically loads skiers and riders onto the chair (jazzy new technology to Maine skiing that allows the lift to run at 525′ line speed). Also new this year, Shawnee Peak’s freestyle park gets a Big Air Bag.
PeakShawnee Peak is the perfect size for the learning family, the leisure skier and those longing to make tracks after work. With skiing on two sides, the North face and the East side, you have your choice of wide groomed boulevards, fun forested glades and twisting tree lined trails, most with awesome views of Mount Washington. Two terrain parks keep the free riders content, along with special events like an on snow MBX race and snowmobile uphill climbs.
Shawnee Peak really shines at night, as northern New England’s largest night skiing and boarding facility – half the trails are lit. Shawnee plays host to corporate race leagues, school ski team races, and Terrain Park jams under the lights. As a Shawnee Peakfamily operated ski mountain, the Peak offers some innovative super savers and family lift ticket deals for day, night and twilight.
If you are an early bird, rent the 4 person cab and cat ski on Shawnee Peak’s first tracks of cord. The ski school here does a fantastic job teaching first timers to ski as well as offering women’s ski clinics taught exclusively by professional women ski instructors. Sneak to the peak sometime, and make a weekend or an overnight stay