Maine has ski areas with all the snow & challenge skiers will find anywhere
Maine Snow Conditions
Maine is gorgeous place to ski and snowboard, even if you consider only the beauty of the surrounding mountains. But that is just the start. New Hampshire’s White Mountains spill into the western mountains of Maine and Maine has plenty of home-grown peaks.
The biggest mountains include Saddleback, Sunday River, and Sugarloaf, along with many other full service ski areas [see listings below]. Scattered throughout Maine are smaller family-oriented ski mountains, and even a distinctive location where skiers can look out over the Atlantic Ocean from the slopes. History-minded skiers may enjoy visiting the Ski Museum of Maine in Kingfield. More information is at the state's skiing organization, Ski Maine. See below on this page for:
Ski Maine, the state’s ski marketing organization, along with individual skiing, boarding, and cross-country ski area, offers lots of deals, discounts, and incentives programs to get people onto the slopes.
Ski Maine Mountain Pass
The Ski Maine Mountain Pass contains 26 lift ticket vouchers. Two tickets for each of 10 selected ski areas and two tickets to each of three regional group of ski areas. Tickets are transferable and have no blackout dates. Best ski value in Maine. $435. Call 207-773-7669 for details.
Destination areas are Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Shawnee Peak, Mt Abram, Lost Valley, Camden Snow Bowl, Black Mountain, Bigrock, Hermon Mt, Titcomb Mountain.
Regional areas are Lonesome Pine Trails and/or Quoggy Jo One; Spruce Mountain and/or Powderhouse Hill; Baker Mountain and/or Big Squaw
Nordic (Cross Country) Ski Areas
Cross-country (Nordic) skiing is accessible in many parts or Maine and for all types of skiers, including novices, kids, and hard-body experts. Some centers are associated with downhill (Alpine) ski areas; others are stand-alone Nordic ski places; and some a located on farms. Snowshoeing access and equipment often takes place at cross-country areas. Some areas welcome your dog! Learn more at our cross-country skiing page.
- Bethel Inn Ski Touring Center, Bethel: Forty kilometers of forest and fairway trails for all levels of ability. Rentals and lessons. Families with kids may rent pulk sleds (designed for cross-country skiers for towing children). The epicenter of this activity is Bethel Inn, with lodging and other comforts.
- Birches Ski Touring Center, Rockwood: Cross-country ski and snowshoeing is done of 90 kilometers of groomed and ungroomed trails and a huge parcel of protected land. Access by Moosehead Lake trail to Mount Kineo. This resort offers lodging, dining, rentals and lessons. Dog friendly.
- Black Mountain of Maine Touring Center, Rumford: This cross-country center has wide tracked trails for Nordic skiers of all abilities. Snow making is done in some areas. Rentals, lessons, snack bar, lounge and tubing hill.
- Carter’s X-C Ski Center and Shops, Oxford: Offering 40 kilometers of trails for all abilities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Lessons and rentals of equipment, including snowshoes and pulk sleds (for cross-country skiers to town children).
- Coast Ski and Bike, Alfred: One hundred acres of rolling and wooded property is available for use by cross-country and back country skiers. Also, gentle forested trails for beginners and intermediates. Family oriented ski center, rentals, food, season passes.
- Harris Farm XC Ski Center, Dayton Cone cross-country ski or snowshoe on a farm! This 1,000-acre center offers trails for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers, along with snowshoeing. Day lodge, snack bar, rentals, lessons and ski shop. Dog friendly.
- Katahdin Nordic Center Only one-half mile from downtown Millinocket and 20 miles from Baxter State Park, this center has groomed trails and rentals of cross-country skis and snowshoes for adults and kids.
- Maine Winter Sports Center Nordic Heritage Center, Presque Isle: This place is for serious sportsmen and -women. This is a world-class Nordic and biathlon center with 12 kilometers of trails, a big lodge with kitchen, locker rooms, ski care rooms.
- Millinocket Municipal X-C Ski Area, Millinocket: Groomed trails for novice and intermediate skiers, and also back country trails. A warming lodge has a beautiful view of Mount Katahdin.
- Rangeley Lakes X-C Ski Trails, Rangeley: Thirty-five kilometers of wide trails for beginner, intermediate and expert cross-country skiers and snowshoers. There also is back country skiing. Located at the base of Saddleback Mountain resort.
- Titcomb Mountain Ski Touring, Farmington: Trails for beginner, intermediate, and expert Nordic skiers. Upper terrain is serviced by a lift. Warming huts, lodge, food, rentals.
Ski Area Listings