Skiing and snowboarding is among the most popular winter activities in Maine. Tourists come from all over to visit our Maine mountains and ski resorts for their winter vacations. These alpine mountains are certainly a long drive, even for southern Maine residents, but not a deterrent if you’re planning a day of skiing/ snowboarding, or lodging at a nearby resort.
- Wildcat Mountain– Pinkham Notch, NH
- Black Mountain– Rumford, ME
- Sugarloaf– Carrabassett Valley, ME
- Mt. Abram– Greenwood, ME
- Shawnee Peak– Bridgeton, ME
- Titcomb Mountain– Farmington, ME
- Gunstock Mountain– Gilford, NH
- Saddleback Mountain– Sandy River, ME
- Eaton Mountain– Skowhegan, ME
- Sunday River– Newry, ME
Amateur Downhill Skiing:
There are many lost downhill skiing areas in southern Maine, however, these operations were very small, local attractions which ceased business due to the push of larger mountain operations.
Skiing and snowboarding is one those sports that activists devote an entire vacation doing because it’s that much fun. I’ve spent literally an entire day skiing at Black Mountain from 10AM to 9PM. I was definitely sore the next day. I could spend a few hours ice skating at a local pond, but it’s probably the only time I’d go ice skating for the year.
The first time I went snowboarding was a travesty. I actually fell off the chair lift at the drop off. As I tried to army crawl my way out of the drop off zone, the chair lift hit me in the back of my head. It literally took me over an hour to get down that mountain. The first time snowboarding was also the last. The first time skiing was a more enjoyable experience, until I injured my knee which took me 6 months to fully recover. Still, it was a blast, and I can’t wait to get back out there.
Fun Fact: Did you know skiing is one of the top10 sports that burn the most calories?
Skiing and snowboarding is one of the most enjoyable things to do in southern Maine in the winter, and definitely worth the drive.