While the state is best known for its craggily coast and outstanding seafood, Maine is also home to mountains that provide the perfect winter playground for beginning ski and snowboarders and enthusiasts alike.
And yet, I had never been skiing in Maine before. I had hit the slopes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, but it didn’t occur to me to head to Maine. That is, until my uncle, a seasoned New England skier, looked incredulous when I mentioned that I hadn’t been skiing Down East.
Once I reached Sugarloaf Mountain in the Carrabassett Valley Maine, I understood what the fuss is about. From the summit I could look north to Canada, east to the Atlantic or west toward New Hampshire’s presidential range. Whereas some New England ski areas are saturated with tourists, the ski resorts in Maine feel more authentic, rural and untouched. As I slipped down the slopes I understood that Maine ski resorts can really make you feel a world away, immersed in nature.
Here are a few of the most popular ski and snowboarding locations in Maine, along with the nearby accommodations that will make your ski break outstanding.