Maine Lakes & Mountains Region Boasts the State's Largest Ski Mountains
Friday, March 1, 2013

The Maine Lakes & Mountains region in western Maine features nearly two dozen cross-country centers offering well-groomed trails for skiers and snowshoers alike, 5000 miles of snowmobile trails, and mountains with some of the most challenging ski terrain in New England that include 2800-foot verticals and snowboard parks, and state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming.


Sugarloaf Mountain of Carrabassett Valley

Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Carrabassett Valley is the largest ski area east of the Rockies. Sugarloaf's 16 lifts service three terrain parks and pipes, and 134 trails of which 33 are beginner, 44 intermediate, and 57 expert, or glade skiing spread across Sugarloaf Mountain, Brackett Basin and Burnt Mountain.  The mountain has hosted World Cup ski events and many U.S. National Skiing Championships.  Carrabassett Valley Academy, a private school that has produced world-class athletes like Kirsten Clark, Bode Miller, Seth Wescott, Emily Cook, and Jeremy Cota, is located on-mountain and uses Sugarloaf's facilities.  Additionally, the resort offers many winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, concerts, slopeside lodging and terrain parks.


Sunday River, located in Newry near the town of Bethel, is the busiest Maine ski resort and features 132 trails spread across eight interconnected mountain peaks:  White Cap, Locke Mountain, Barker Mountain, Spruce Peak, North Peak, Aurora Peak, Oz, and Jordan Bowl. This includes 43 beginner, 47 intermediate, and 41 expert, skiable trails from 18 lifts. They have hosted World Cup ski and snowboard events, like the Dumont Cup, and NCAA Division I championships.  In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, Sunday River offers guests 35 kilometers of Nordic trails plus extensive, well-marked snowshoe trails.


Saddleback Mountain, located in Rangeley, is proud to be a family ski area. They provide a high-elevation alpine experience with classic New England terrain featuring a 2000-foot vertical and a 4120-foot mountain with summit snowfields. It is one of only seven ski mountains in New England that high. There are 66 trails and glades that range from beginner slopes to double black diamonds.

For more information about these ski resorts and other winter sports in the Maine Lakes & Mountains region, go to




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Sugarloaf Mountain