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Maine's Best Ski Areas

Everyone knows Maine for its lighthouses and lobsters along the coast. But Maine is also home to uncrowded lifts and long ski trails in the Western Mountains region. Some of the best ski resorts in New England are located in Maine. These are must see, must-ski places with spectacular scenery, excellent snow quality given their northern location, and fewer crowds too. Read on to learn more about the best skiing in Maine.

 

Sugarloaf is Maine's largest single ski mountain with vast terrain from traditional trails to summit snowfields and side-country glades, totaling 1,053 boundary to boundary acres of skiing and riding. The views from the 4,237' summit are extraordinary, and the apres ski in the bustling ski village is fun, casual and just what every skier enjoys. Sugarloaf, the self proclaimed and deserved "King of Spring" is home to a long ski season, staying open into May most seasons, with fun events most every weekend of the winter and spring.

 

Tram ride to the top

Sunday River is not as tall as The Loaf, but its vast eight interconnected mountain peaks, high speed lift network, and super powerful snowmaking make it the most reliable ski resort in the East. It is the second largest ski resort in New England with 820 acres, just behind Sugarloaf at 1,056. Often the first resort to open for skiing, Sunday River makes the best snow, and grooms it to perfection on most of the 138 trails. Besides consistent skiing and riding, Sunday River has on mountain lodging from condos to hotels, extensive lesson programs, great apres ski bars, and a casual resort attitude.

 

Saddleback is old school meets new school. This Rangeley ski area is rustic and relaxed on one hand, but with new lifts and expanded glade terrain it continues to improve. Saddleback has the highest base elevation of any ski area in New England (that means excellent natural snowfall), a 4,120' summit, and their lift ticket pricing is among the lowest. Saddleback offers classic ski trails with stunning views of the Rangeley Lakes region plus newly added glades that are exciting. Slopeside condos and a beautiful post and beam base lodge with lively apres ski make Saddleback a great destination.

Read about all Maine's ski areas including Shawnee Peak, Mount Abram and Camden Snow Bowl and see the best family ski vacations in Maine.

 

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View all Maine Ski Areas l More about Maine Skiing l Sunday River Ski Area | Maine's Must See Landmarks

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