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Dog sledding on a Maine vacation will make a day you'll never forget

You can learn about dog sledding from a musher and get a chance to travel across the snow propelled by the most enthusiastic bundle of energy ever invented. Just don’t expect your coach potato mutt back home to be impressed with your glory stories of crossing the wilderness.

Sunday River

15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME Phone: 207-824-3000

133 trails and glades; 6 terrain parks, snow tubing; night skiing; 820 acres of skiable terrain; 2340-foot vertical drop; 96% snow making

Skiing & Snowboarding -- Sunday River, one of the big three ‘S’ ski areas in Maine along with Sugarloaf and Saddleback, is a really big place. It has 133 trails across 820 skiable acres on eight linked mountain peaks. The multi-rider Chondola (chairs and gondola) is a high-speed lift taking skiers and riders from South Ridge to North Peak in seven minutes. You can count on finding snow on the slopes, but nevertheless the ski area offers a snow guarantee: if you are unsatisfied with snow conditions, turn in your ticket within an hour or purchase and use it another day. Five terrain parks with lots of freestyle features. Night skiing and snow tubing. Boundary-to-boundary policy welcomes skiers to explore glades -- with caution.
Everything Else -- Frequent Skier Card and other discounted lift ticket plans are available. White Cap Lodge has plenty of dining. Also: Ski shop and child care. Sunday Rivers hosts a lot of special and seasonal events and entertainment. Lots of lodging opportunities at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Jordan Resort Hotel, and at other locations in the Bethel area. The ski area offers ski-and-sty packages at lodging along or near the slopes.

Sugarloaf

5092 Access Road Carrabassett Valley, ME Phone: 207-237-2000

125 trails; 29 glades; 3 terrain parks, snow tubing; night skiing; cross-country; 1,230 acres of skiable terrain; 2,820-foot vertical drop; 618 acres of snowmaking coverage

Skiing & Snowboarding -- Located in Maine’s western mountains, Sugarloaf is a big and a tall ski area. Sugarloaf opens its self-introduction to its website readers with: “Take the Timberline Quad to Sugarloaf's lofty 4,237-foot summit and stand at the top of the world.” Not a small boast. Sugarloaf has difficult terrain but also plenty of easy terrain for children and learners. It claims to be the only ski area in the East that offers lift service above the tree line. The area’s snow fields are extensive and the terrain park has a variety of features, including a half pipe that is among the biggest in the United States. Glades are 11 percent of all the terrain.
Everything Else -- Ski and stay packages offered for Sugarloaf’s hotels, inn, and condos. Child care; ski shop, teen center, shopping, spa, Laundromat within the ski area. In nearby towns visitors will find restaurants, ski and snowboard shops, and even an art gallery.