Pleasant Mountain, once called Shawnee Peak, is a family-friendly affordable ski mountain, now part of Boyne US Resorts, with Maine sisters Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine and Loon in New Hampshire. Pleasant Mountain is part of the New England Pass. Its truly a “pleasant” place for fun family skiing, only 45 minutes from Portland and half an hour from North Conway in beautiful Bridgton Maine.
Pleasant Mountain returned to its original name in 2022, for years it had been branded as Shawnee Peak. From atop Pleasant Mountain, you can see the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Moose Pond below. So Boyne US changed the name back to its original – far more Pleasant, and PC!
Shawnee Peak opened in 1937, its a classic – historic and humble, with a respectable 1,300′ vertical, and 40 trails and glades, and 6 lifts including a quad and a summit triple with a conveyor system that automatically loads skiers and riders onto the chair (this allows the lift to run at 525′ line speed).
Shawnee Peak has three unique terrain parks for young shredders and free skiers, plus the freestyle park has a Big Air Bag. The Peak hosts frequent special events like park competitions, an on snow MBX race and snowmobile uphill climbs.
Shawnee 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.
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 the Moon” race leagues, school ski team races, and Terrain Park jams under the lights.
Pleasant Mountain is good value, and offers some innovative super savers and family lift ticket deals for day, night and twilight. Unlimited Night skiing passes at Shawnee about $300! Half Day and Night Skiing Tickets are about $50.
If you are an early bird, rent the 4 person cab and cat ski on Shawnee Peak’s first tracks of cord.
Evenings at Pleasant, Blizzard’s Pub is lively and fun for libation and snacks with its slopeview top floor pub atmosphere. Try the Blizzard Bloody Mary, and of course the nachos. Often live entertainment is on Blizzard’s menu too!
Pleasant Mountain’s ski and snowboard school do a fantastic job teaching first timers, kids and adults, as well as offering women’s ski clinics taught exclusively by professional women ski instructors.
Sneak to the Peak of Pleasant sometime, for day or night skiing, or make a weekend of it with an overnight stay in a mountainside chalet or condo, or in nearby Bridgton, Naples or North Conway. More on Maine Family Skiing
Pleasant Mountain Ski Stats:
Vertical Drop: 1,300’
Ski-able Acres: 249
Main Exposure: Northeast
Snowmaking Coverage: 98%
Lifts: 6 (1 quad, 3 triples, 2 surface lifts)
Trails: 40 trails, 7 glades, and 3 terrain parks