When scheduling this year's ski vacation, consider taking a trip to visit the Maine ski areas. Like other East coast ski resorts, you'll find pristine snow and varied terrain, but you'll avoid the crowds that flock to Vermont and New Hampshire.
Great Places to Ski in Maine
There are 13 Maine ski areas that offer alpine skiing. Some of these include big mountain skiing, while others are small, family run ski slopes. You can choose the perfect resort based on your level of expertise.
Big Mountain Skiing
Sugarloaf: Sugarloaf offers a vertical drop of 2,820 feet with 14 lifts and 138 trails to choose from. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try out the three terrain parks, a Superpipe and a snowboard cross course.
Sunday River: Sunday River resort has three miles of terrain with 671 acres of skiing and 132 trails. With trails split evenly between beginner, intermediate and advanced options, it's the perfect resort for a family with skiers at different levels.
Black Mountain of Maine: Black Mountain of Maine is an affordable option for families. Adult passes cost less than $30.00 per day, and night skiing passes cost only $10.00, much less than many competing resorts.
Mt. Abram: Mt. Abram is a smaller ski resort offering five ski lifts and 44 trails on a 1,150 foot vertical drop. In addition to alpine skiing, you also have access to terrain and tubing parks, making it a fun family resort.
Saddleback Maine: Saddleback Maine offers a 2,000 foot vertical drop, qualifying it as a big mountain ski resort. It has 220 skiable acres and 66 trails accessed by five ski lifts. Eighty-five percent of the trails can be covered by man-made snow.
Shawnee Peak: Shawnee Peak has a 1,300 foot vertical drop and 239 skiable acres. If you're a night owl, Shawnee Peak offers more night skiing trails than any other Northern New England resort. Forty-five percent of the terrain is geared to an intermediate skier.
Recreational Ski Areas
Bigrock Ski Area: This smaller recreational ski area is geared to families. With five lifts and 27 trails, most of the terrain is for intermediate skiers, but expert skiers can access eight trails and beginners can try out their skills on five separate trails at Bigrock Ski Area.
Camden Snow Bowl: This recreational ski area offers a wide variety of activities, including skiing. When at Camden Snow Bowl, you can access four ski lifts and 850 feet of vertical drop. If you want a break from skiing, you can take a spin on the ice skating pond or fly down the 400-foot toboggan chute.
Eaton Mountain Ski Area: The small Eaton Mountain Ski Area offers a 525 foot vertical drop with 12 trails and a single lift. Even though you may end up skiing the same trails over and over, you can try everything from beginner to expert level terrain in this small park.
Lost Valley Auburn: Another small resort, Lost Valley Auburn offers two lifts with 15 accessible trails. One boasting point for this resort is the new snowboard terrain park.
Mt. Jefferson: Mt. Jefferson is a family owned and operated ski area, promising friendly and helpful service. You can enjoy a 432-foot vertical drop accessed by two 2,000 foot T-bar lifts and a beginner's slope with a 600-foot handle tow.
Hermon Mountain: Hermon Mountain is a small resort that balances the different terrain equally between beginner-, intermediate- and expert-levels. You can access the 20 trails with three lifts. The entire park can be covered by man-made snow, ensuring quality skiing year-round.
Titcomb Mountain: Titcomb Mountain is the oldest club-operated ski area in the country. It offers a 750-foot slope with 16 alpine trails for all levels of skier.
Come Ski in Maine
If you're an avid skier, you should definitely spend at least one vacation carving the slopes of Maine's mountains and hills. Chances are you'll come back again and again.