As the northernmost state on the East Coast, Maine boasts several of the largest mountains, as well as the highest amounts of snowfall in the area. Ski resorts in Maine range from the action-packed Sugarloaf Resort to the smaller family-friendly Mount Abram. Enjoy nighttime skiing at Shawnee Peak, or ski along the ocean at Camden Snow Bowl. Whether you are a beginner or pro at skiing, there is a ski resort in Maine perfect for you and your friends and family. Book a stay at one of many lovely Maine vacation rentals situated in proximity to these exciting ski resorts.

1. Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley is the state’s largest ski resort, with 138 ski trails and 20 glades covering more than 1,400 acres. One unique feature of this resort is its above-treeline, lift-served skiing, which is the only one found in the East and draws skiers looking for a ski experience more typically found in the West. There is a good mix of trail levels, plus a Superpipe and mini pipe, so family members of all abilities can have fun skiing the slopes. Sugarloaf also hosts other winter activities, including ice skating, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. The resort offers plenty of after ski activities, such as spas treatments, shopping, and restaurants. Try The Shipyard Brewhaus for traditional Maine seafood, or head to Bull Moose Bakery and Cafe for the casual family fare.

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2. Camden Snow Bowl

Camden Snow Bowl is smaller than other ski resorts in Maine, but it packs a lot of activity on its 885-foot vertical drop. Most of its 10 trails are for intermediate skiers, but beginners and experts also have several trails dedicated to their level. Daily skiing lessons are offered for both kids and adults, and the resort’s late hours gives guests ample opportunity to ski under the stars. Other activities include a 400-foot toboggan chute, ice skating, and snow tubing. The Snack shack provides quick breakfast and lunch options, while nearby Camden and Rockport have a range of award-winning restaurants. What makes Camden Snow Bowl unique is its proximity to the water, affording skiers gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and Penobscot Bay from Ragged Peak.

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3. Black Mountain

For an old-fashioned family skiing vacation, Black Mountain in Rumford is an excellent option. This family-run resort offers 20 trails, including Milk Run for beginners, which is reached by its own double chair. There are dozens of glades perfect for backcountry skiing, and snow tubing is available on five different chutes at The Edge Tubing Park. Cross-country skiers of all ages can head to one of the many Nordic trails that wind through the Touring Center. Black Mountain has a lodge for relaxation and a cafeteria for lunch. On weekend evenings, head to Last Run Pub for live music to end the day.

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4. Sunday River

Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry covers 820 acres across eight different peaks, making this a great option for families looking for a variety of winter activities. The resort has excellent snowmaking capability, guaranteeing there will be plenty of snow during your visit. There are 15 lifts and 135 trails, which is evenly split between beginner, intermediate, and expert. On weekends and holidays, guests enjoy twilight skiing at South Ridge and North Peak. Freestyle skiers choose from a Superpipe, mini pipe, and four terrain parks. There are plenty of activities suitable for little ones, such as ice skating and snow tubing. In the evening, head to The Gem Theater to catch a movie after enjoying dinner at Sliders Restaurant, The Mountain Room, or Camp.

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5. Mount Abram

Mount Abram is a low-key, fun family-friendly ski resort in Greenwood, with 44 trails and five lifts. Beginners take lessons at Westside learning area, designed especially for them, while intermediate skiers head to Dudley Do Right and experts zip down Rocky’s Run. Both nighttime and back-country skiing is available at Mount Abram. While skiing is the main focus at this resort, there are activities for non-skiing family members to enjoy, including the 1,325-foot Flying Squirrel snow-tubing park and an on-site cafeteria that provides nourishment. Loose Boots Lounge hosts live music in the evenings.

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6. Shawnee Peak

Only 45 minutes from Portland, Shawnee Peak in Bridgton offers great skiing easily accessible from major highways and Portland International Jetport. There are 41 trails covering 249 acres and a 1,300 vertical drop, including six for beginners and 12 for experts. Many of Shawnee Peak’s trails provide lovely views of Mount Washington and Moose Pond. Night owls love Shawnee Peak because it is the largest night skiing and boarding facility in New England, with half the trails lit up each night. Lessons are offered daily, including the children’s SkiWee Program, so newcomers can enjoy the slopes. The Blizzard Pub offers food and live entertainment in the evenings.

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