Maine Skiing
by ski journalist Heather Burke

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Maine is a well sought out destination for ocean lovers, naturalists, and those looking for rare treasures created by local artisans. But the true Maine experience awaits in winter at the fine selection of ski areas and complete destination resorts. Many think of New England skiing in the Green Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Few realize that same spine of mountains carved by the glaciers winds majestically through Maine offering some of the finest terrain and the least crowded skiing 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 even overlooks the brilliant waters of the Atlantic. This is the way skiing should be … in Maine’s great outdoors.

Maine has everything from world class ski resorts, to old-fashioned big mountains, to quaint family run ski hills. 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 with well over 2,000’ vertical of snowfields, steeps and glades for the extreme skier to charming ski hills to comfort the newest skier in the family.  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. And new waves of activities abound at Maine ski resorts, which are not just for skiing anymore, as many have dedicated snow tubing parks, toboggan runs and ice skating for extended family fun. You can even snow shoe 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 with top racers and freestyle contenders to thrill spectators, while on slope festivals and winter carnivals are 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.

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