These Maine ski areas are full service destinations with extensive lift networks, snowmaking, ski and snowboard instruction for every member of the family and all ability levels.
Each resort has amenities from on mountain lodging, snowboard and ski rental shops, apres ski, shops and restaurants, to keep you busy for a week’s ski vacation.
Maine’s World Class Ski Destinations
Sugarloaf/USA l Carrabassett Valley
Sugarloaf is Maine’s largest single ski mountain, with a breathtaking summit and miles of exciting trail options, from snowfields to sidecountry glades with cat skiing, to groomed cruisers and a seperate beginner area. This quintessential Maine ski resort features 1,056 acres of extensive terrain and glades for all abilities and an award winning slopeside village brimming with activities, apres ski, fabulous restaurants, shops and resort lodging from hotels to inns to condominiums. Vertical Drop 2,820′, 1,056 Skiable Acres, 154+ Trails: 34 Beginner, 49 Intermediate, 63 Expert Trails and Glades. 14 Lifts: 5 quads, 1 Triple, 6 Doubles, 2 Surface Lifts. Route 27, Carrabassett Valley, 1-800-THELOAF, Info: 207-237-2000, Snow Phone: 207-237-6808
Sunday River Ski Resort l Newry
A skier’s paradise with eight interconnected mountain peaks, consistently covered by legendary Sunday River snow. High capacity high speed lifts and guaranteed snow on all of the River’s 870 acres of terrain make The River a strong choice all season long, often October to May. North Peak Lodge is a favorite meeting spot reached by the hybrid Chondola. Twilight skiing is offered on South Ridge and North Peak on weekends and holidays. There are plenty of activities, lodging and facilities to enjoy on and off the slopes at this Boyne ski resort and in Bethel Maine – considered a top ski town. Vertical Drop 2,340′, 870 acres, 135 Trails: 38 Beginner, 52 Intermediate, 45 Expert. 15 Lifts: 1 Hi Speed Chondola, 9 Quads (4 high speed), 3 Triples, 1 Doubles, 1 Surface Lifts. 92% Snowmaking. More About and How to Ski Sunday River
Saddleback Ski Area l Rangeley
The highest base elevation of any ski area in New England. Saddleback offers classic New England skiing with an old fashioned flair and stunning views of the Rangeley Lakes region and the White Mountains. Saddleback has new ownership and a new hi speed quad.Saddleback has great cruisers like Royal Coachman off the Rangeley double. The upper mountain is accessed by the Kennebago Quad chairlift, that delivers skiers and riders to some very challenging terrain like Warden’s Worry and Nightmare Glades. A traverse/climb out to Mule Skinner offers a unique virtual out of bounds experience in the vast Casablanca Glades. Intermediates prefer the picturesque views on America and Tri-Color trails. The Swig-n-Smelt has lively apres-ski. Vertical Drop 2,000′. 66 Trails: 25 Beginner, 19 Intermediate, 22 Expert. 4 Lifts: 3 Quad, 1 T-Bar. 85% Snowmaking. Beautiful Timberframe Base Lodge with Rental & Ski Shop, Daycare. Route 4, Rangeley. 207-864-5671, 207-864-3380, call ahead for hours and operation.
Maine’s Big Mountain Skiing
Other big mountains in Maine (with greater than 1000′ vertical) offering great terrain and some of the resort amenities, while still preserving their quaint family area feeling.
Black Mountain l Rumford, Maine
This small, family recreation area is been operated with local town support. Located in Longfellow’s mountain range, near the junctions of Rt. 2 and 108, Black has something for everyone, including a summit triple chair accessing several scenic runs. Beginners learn on Milk Run serviced by its own double chair. Groomed cross-country trails with a designated Touring Center, plus snow tubing on five chutes make for exciting alternatives. Vertical Drop 1150′, 5 Lifts: 1 Triple, 1 Double, 1 T-Bar, 2 Handle Tows. 20 Trails: 4 Beginner, 10 Intermediate, 6 Most Difficult. 90% Snowmaking. Post and Beam Lodge, Cafeteria, Lounge, Ski Shop with Rentals. Route 2, Rumford. 207-364-8977
Mt. Abram l Greenwood
This 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. Racers enjoy the weekly ski races. The 1,325′ Flying Squirrel snow-tubing park has a special lift for even more fun. Mt Abram also offer backcountry skiing. Located 20 minutes prior to Sunday River off Rt. 26. Vertical Drop 1,150′. 44 Trails: 10 Beginner, 21 Intermediate, 13 Most Difficult. 5 Lifts: 2 Doubles, 1 T-Bar, 1 Handle Tow, 1 Carpet Lift, 1 Tubing Tow with 2 lanes. 85% Snowmaking. Ski School, day care, ski shop with rentals, night skiing, cafeteria and Loose Boots Lounge. How Hill Road, Route 26, Greenwood 207-875-5002
Shawnee Peak l Bridgton
“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 two sides, and awesome views of Mount Washington and Moose Pond below. As a family ski mountain, the Peak offers some innovative super savers and family lift ticket deals for day, night and twilight. Vertical Drop 1,300′, 41 Trails, 249 acres, 6 Beginner, 23 Intermediate, 12 Most Difficult, 19 Nights Skiing. 5 Lifts: 1 Quad, 2 Triples,1 Double and 1 Surface Lift. 98% Snowmaking. Night skiing, Ski Scholl, SkiWee Program, childcare and Blizzard Pub. Route 302, Bridgton 207-647-8444
Maine’s Family Recreational Ski Areas
These ski areas come in various shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common are affordable skiing and fun for the entire family.
Baker Mountain l Moscow
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. 207-612-9200
Big Rock Ski Area l Mars Hill
Bigrock is a big ski mountain, drawing skiing families from nearby Presque Isle and Houlton. Mars Hill Mountain has something for every ability level, including night skiing. For steep and challenging terrain, head out to the Ho Chi Min trail. Under the direction of Maine Winter Sports, pricing and lessons are geared to make skiing fun and affordable for families. Vertical 984′. 5 Lifts: 1 Triple, 1 Double Chair, 1 Poma, 1 Handle Tow, 1 Carpet. 27 Trails: 8 Expert, 14 Intermediate, 5 Beginner. 80% Snowmaking. Cafeteria, Night skiing, 4 Lanes of tubing, Lounge, Ski Rentals.
Camden Snow Bowl l Camden
“Where the Mountain Meets the Sea”. It is truly a unique experience to be skiing and enjoying views of the Atlantic and Penobscot Bay. Classic New England trails like Spinnaker and Northeaster offer nearly 1,000 vertical of exhilaration. Camden Snow Bowl offers affordable family skiing or riding by the sea by day or under the lights at night, and the 500′ Snow Tubing Hill and 400′ Toboggan chute, ice skating on the pond. Vertical Drop: 850′. 1 Triple Chair, 1 Double Chair, 2 T-Bars, 1 Handle Tow. 12 Trails: 2 Beginner, 7 Intermediate, 3 Most Difficult. Terrain Park. Night skiing. 45% Snowmaking. Hosmer Pond Road, Camden – 207-236-3438 / 207-236-4418
Eaton Mountain l Skowhegan
Eaton offers a large mountain experience with everything from glades to a snowboard park, and affordable tickets for the entire family. Lights cover the 622′ mountain for night skiing seven days a week.
Vertical Drop: 622′. 1 Double Chair. 18 Trails: 5 Beginner, 7 Intermediate, 6 Most Difficult. 80% Snowmaking. Night skiing 7 nights a week. Ski School, Rentals, Cafeteria & Lounge. Lambert Road, Skowhegan 207-474-2666
Lost Valley l Auburn
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: 240′. 2 Double Chairs. 15 Trails: 6 Beginner, 4 Intermediate, 5 Most Difficult. Terrain Parks. 100% Snowmaking. Ski School, Rentals, and Cafeteria. Lost Valley Road, Exit 75 ME Turnpike, Auburn 207-784-1561
Mt. Jefferson l Lee
This is the epitome of a family owned and operated ski area since 1964 complete with family friendly pricing and meals in the ski lodge. Jefferson’s 12 trails are reliant on Mother Nature, but with fresh snow the half mile Willow Way takes a nice gradual path around the mountain.
Vertical Drop 432′. 3 Lifts: 2 T-bars, 1 rope tow. 12 trails: 3 Beginner, 6 Intermediate, and 3 Most Difficult. Half Pipe. Cafeteria, Ski School, Rentals. Rt 6, Lee, 207-738-2377
Hermon Mountain l Hermon
“Good People, Good Times, Good Skiing, Good Food” is the motto. 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′. 3 Lifts: One Double Chair, One T-Bar, One Handle Tow. 20 Trails: 6 Beginner, 7 Intermediate, 7 Most Difficult. Half Pipe. 100% Snowmaking. Nightskiing. Ski School and Rentals, Cafeteria. Newburg Road, Exit 174 of ME Turnpike, Hermon 207-848-5192
Big Squaw Mountain l Greenville
Big Squaw, a few scant miles from Moosehead Lake, once offered big mountain skiing with a classic New England trail layout – now it is more humble, locally operated by volunteers, on the lower mountain triple chair. The summit double chair at Big Squaw is closed until further notice after a malfunction in 2004 that was never repaired – without this chair this is a modest 800′ vertical mountain. The lower mountain has a triple chair catering to intermediate and beginner skiers with gentle, wandering terrain. The stunning views from the summit (that you have to hike for now) of Moosehead Lake and Mount Katahdin in the distance are arguably the best in the Northeast! Squaw is not fancy, it’s hearty and unadorned, with a very low lift ticket price! Vertical Drop 800. 31 Trails: 9 Beginner, 14 Intermediate, 8 More Difficult plus glades. Triple Chair. 70% Snowmaking. Cafeteria, ski shop. Route 15, Greenville 207-695-1000
Powderhouse Hill l South Berwick
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 – cash only- and a rustic lodge with a woodstove and snack bar.
Vertical Drop 150′. 1 rope tow. 3 trails: 2 Beginner, 1 Intermediate. South Berwick, 207-384-5858
Spruce Mountain l Jay
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. Vertical Drop 300′. 3 Rope Tows. 11 Trails: 3 Beginner, 5 Intermediate, 3 Most Difficult. 50% Snowmaking. Night skiing. Nordic Trails. Jay, 207-897-4090
Titcomb Mountain l Farmington
Just outside of Farmington, Titcomb is a like a country club of ski hills. Dating back to 1932, this veritable skier’s 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 plus uncrowded trails and very reasonable lift tickets. Vertical Drop 340′. 2 T-Bars and 1 handle tow. 17 Trails: 4 Beginner, 8 Intermediate, 5 Most Difficult. 75% Snowmaking. Terrain park. Nightskiing. Base Lodge with cafeteria and a big fireplace. Route 4 and 27, West Farmington 207-778-9031
Quoggy Jo Ski Center l Presque Isle
Located in Presque Isle, Quoggy Jo is perfect for first time skiers and young families. A ski playground with animated figurines keeps 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 ski areas.
Vertical Drop 215′. 1 T-bar. 5 Trails: 2 Beginner, 3 Intermediate. Halfpipe. Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, 207-764-3248
Winter Recreation Centers
Seacoast Snow Park l Windham
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. Route 302, Windham 207-892-5952
More About the 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.
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 870+ 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 so rustic and relaxed. 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 are among the lowest. Saddleback offered 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 made Saddleback a great destination.
More About Skiing in Maine
Maine is a top destination for ocean lovers, naturalists and those looking for rare treasures created by local artisans. But the true Maine experience awaits in winter in the mountains at ski areas and destination ski resorts. Many think of New England skiing as the Green Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire’s White Mountains… but…
In fact, the biggest two ski areas in New England are Maine’s Sugarloaf and Sunday River. The same spine of mountains carved by the glaciers wind majestically through Maine offering some of the finest terrain and the least crowded skiing and snowboarding on the East Coast.
Ski season in Maine is beautiful, the tall mountains blanketed in sparkling white snow bordering the clear blue sky. Maine’s ski areas impart unspoiled vistas of expansive forest, inland lakes and one noted ski hill, Camden Snow Bowl, even overlooks the brilliant waters of the Atlantic. Saddleback also provides a stunning panorama including views of Rangeley Lake, and a family friendly vibe with big mountain skiing at high elevation.
This is the way skiing should be … in Maine’s great outdoors.
Maine has everything from world class ski resorts with big mountain skiing – Sugarloaf and Sunday River, to quaint family and community-operated ski hills like Lost Valley and Big Rock. 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. What a rarity that classic outdoor adventure meets modern technology to offer the finest downhill and cross-country experiences anywhere.
Skiing in Maine is as diverse as the state is immense. Maine has big mountains like Sugarloaf with well over 2,000’ vertical of snowfields, steeps and glades for the extreme skier to local ski hills for the newest skier in the family at very affordable lift ticket prices – like Shawnee Peak. Finding enough winter recreation is no problem, on and off the slopes you will find snowboarding half-pipes and terrain parks to moonlit cross-country touring and night skiing in the clear star-filled mountain air.
New waves of activities abound at Maine ski resorts, which are not just for skiing anymore, as many have dedicated snow tubing parks, zip lining, toboggan runs and ice skating for extended family fun. You can even snowshoe to a bonfire in the wilderness for a mug of hot cocoa.
The Pine Tree State continues to be the host of many national ski competitions, even World Cup ski events, with top racers and freestyle contenders to thrill spectators, while on slope festivals like Sprign Fest – Parrot Head at Sunday River and Reggafest at Sugarloaf, and winter carnivals held throughout the winter for all to join in the fun. Best of all, skiing in Maine is roomy, friendly and fun in a setting that is unique the world over. A ski vacation in Maine just may be the perfect cure for cabin fever.