When it comes to skiing, whatever your skill level may be, Maine has you covered. Our beautiful state boasts some of the best ski mountains in the East. Whether you’re an expert or beginner, Maine’s mountains offer a variety of exciting trails for you to explore. Home to 18 alpine ski areas, we’ve picked out a few of our favorites for downhill and cross-country skiing in Maine below – all just short drives from our campus at Cumberland Crossing by OceanView.
Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Sugarloaf is Maine’s largest ski resort, with a breathtaking summit and more than 1,400 acres. This quintessential Maine resort offers the only above-treeline lift-served skiing, so you can enjoy fresh, open lines that are typically known for West-coast skiing. Packed with 138 trails, 20 glades, and impressive terrain parks, Sugarloaf truly has something for every type of rider. When you’re ready to enjoy apres ski, make sure you check out the tiny slopeside village full of restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Sunday River, Maine’s other major ski resort, is a sprawling 820 acres with 8 separate peaks and 15 lifts for easy access. Sunday River is a legend in their own right for consistently creating snow, but the most unique detail of the resort is The Chondola, which is a mix of Gondola cabins and chairs for a slightly warmer ride to the top. Skiing terrain is split between advanced (46%), intermediate (32%) and beginner (21%) skill levels. There are plenty of activities and apres ski opportunities, both on and off the slopes, to enjoy in this bustling ski town.
While it’s true that Mt. Abram is smaller when compared with some of the other resorts, it actually feels much bigger than it’s footprint. This mountain is ideal for beginners and intermediate-level skiers with plenty of options for both skill levels. There’s also excellent backcountry skiing for those that are looking to take it up a notch. Plus, if you’re committed to an entire weekend of skiing, Mt. Abram is located only 20 minutes from Sunday River!
Only 45 minutes from Portland, Shawnee Peak is a smaller mountain that’s great for a day trip. Take in the gorgeous views of Mount Washington as you cruise down the slopes. Because it’s known as a family ski mountain, Shawnee also offers great lift ticket deals for both day and night skiing.
What are you waiting for? Maine’s slopes are just waiting for you to come explore! Enjoy your active retirement living this winter in the mountains.