Maine, the north eastern most state, bordering Canada, has big winters, and big mountains. After all its the end of the AT, Appalachian Trail. Skiing in Maine ranges from rugged snowfields at Sugarloaf to the best snowmaking and grooming in the East at Sunday River, even one ski area that overlooks the Atlantic – Camden Snow Bowl, another – Saddleback – that offers pristine views of Rangeley Lakes region. While a Maine ski vacation isn’t exactly luxurious, you will find wide-open ski slopes, on mountain lodging for ski in ski out convenience, and fun après ski with the locals.
For a luxury vacation we like Sunday River for quality consistent snow, grooming and plenty of terrain spread across 8 peaks. Sunday River has great kids learn to ski programs, swift lifts, serious snowmaking, on mountain condos and hotels, and lively après ski with a view of the slopes. Bethel, the nearby village, is quaint Maine ski country –humble, homey but happening in the ski season. See our review of Sunday River
Sugarloaf is the largest single Maine ski area, with the most acreage in New England, and a fiercely loyal fan base – Sugarloafers they coin themselves, and they don’t ski anywhere else. Sugarloaf has big mountain terrain, even summit snowfields on a big snow winter, superb scenery and popular on mountain restaurants for ski in lunch and après ski – like Gepettos, Bullwinkle’s, Widowmaker and The Bag – for the best burgers in ski country. You can rent a ski in ski out condominium at Sugarloaf, or stay at the four-diamond Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. Ask for the 5-bedroom private penthouse suite at Sugarloaf if you really want the best. Après ski at The Loaf, you can walk to the village bars, or take the shuttle down to The Rack, Seth Westcott’s barbeque and cool hang out. Or hit the 30-person hot tub at the Hotel, with a chairlift passing overhead above the soaking partiers.
So while most travelers think of Maine for summer, biking, boating, and beach vacations on the coast and the Lakes region, we love Maine during its longest season – winter, as a top ski destination!