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BIG SQUAW MOUNTAIN
Address: Rte 15, Greenville
Phone: 207.695.1000
Web: www.bigsquawmountain.com
Email: info@bigsquawmountain.com
Hours: Fri through Sun 9 am to 4 pm and during vacation weeks

A scenic mountain resort in the Moosehead Lake Region with glades and trails designed by renowned trail designer Sel Hannah.

Vertical Drop:1750 feet
Number of Trails:33 total, 33 percent novice, 33 percent intermediate, 34 percent expert
Snowboarding:none, but snowboarders are welcome
Snowmaking Capacity:70 percent
Lifts:one triple chair, one double chair, one T-bar, and one pony lift
Rates:adults $25, seniors over 69 and children under six ski free
Rentals:ski or snowboard package $20
Instruction:private lessons $30/hour, group lessons $18/hour

BLACK MOUNTAIN
Address: 39 Glover Rd, Rumford
Phone: 207.364.8977
Web: www.skiblackmountain.org
Email: bmominfo@roadrunner.com
Hours: daily 9 am to 4 pm

A family-oriented ski area with snow tubing and ski racing (classical, slalom, and freestyle) throughout the season.

Vertical Drop:1150 feet
Number of Trails:20 trails: five novice, six intermediate, and nine expert
Snowboarding:half-pipe and terrain park
Snowmaking Capacity:90 percent
Lifts:one T-bar, one handle tow, one double chair, and one triple chair
Rates:adults $29, juniors/seniors $25, under five and over 75 free
Rentals:full day $8, half day $6
Instruction:runs several children's ski programs throughout the season
prices vary

CAMDEN SNOW BOWL
Address: Off of Rte 1, Camden
Phone: 207.236.3438
Web: www.camdensnowbowl.com
Email: info@camdensnowbowl.com
Hours: Wed through Fri 10 am to 8 pm, and Sat and Sun 9 am to 4 pm

Call 207.236.4418 for snow conditions. The ski area overlooks Penobscot Bay and includes areas to skate and tube slide, as well as a toboggan chute.

Vertical Drop:850 feet, with a NNE exposure
Number of Trails:nine total, two novice, six intermediate, one expert
Snowboarding:terrain park
Snowmaking Capacity:45 percent
Lifts:two T-bars, one double chair, and one surface lift
Rates:weekdays $22 for adults, $20 for students, weekends $33 for adults, $25 for students. Half-day and night rates also available.
Rentals:ski and board packages $25
Instruction:$24/hour for group lessons, $50/hour for private lessons

LOST VALLEY
Address: 200 Lost Valley Rd, Auburn
Phone: 207.784.1561
Web: www.lostvalleyski.com
Email: info@lostvalleyski.com
Hours: Mon through Thurs 2 to 8:30 pm; Fri 10 am to 9 pm; Sat and holidays 9 am to 9 pm; Sun 10 am to 5 pm

With nearly 100 instructors, Lost Valley has one of the largest ski schools in Maine. The mountain is projected to open for the season on Dec 18.

Vertical Drop:240 feet, with a NE exposure
Number of Trails:15, six novice, four intermediate, five expert
Snowboarding:terrain park
Snowmaking Capacity:100 percent
Lifts:two double chairs, one T-bar
Rates:weekdays, adults $24, juniors $22
weekends, adults $45, juniors $33
Rentals:ski or snowboard package $26
Instruction:private lessons $70 or $81 with rentals, semi-private lessons $95 for two people and $25 for each additional person

MOUNT JEFFERSON
Address: Rte 6, Lee
Phone: 207.738.2377
Web: www.skimtjefferson.com
Hours: Tues, Wed, Sat, and Sun 9 am to 4 pm; subject to change

This small ski area in eastern Maine is family friendly, affordable, and open for school vacations. Prices and hours are subject to change, so call ahead.

Vertical Drop:432 feet
Number of Trails:11 total, two novice, three intermediate, six expert
Snowboarding:half-pipe and terrain park
Snowmaking Capacity:none
Lifts:two T-bars, one rope tow
Rates:call for details
Rentals:call for details
Instruction:call for details

SADDLEBACK SKI AND SUMMER LAKE PRESERVE
Address: Rte 4, Rangeley
Phone: 207.864.5671
Web: www.saddlebackmaine.com
Email: info@saddlebackmaine.com
Hours: daily 8 am to 4 pm; lifts start at 8:30 am

The 12,000-acre preserve includes Saddleback Mountain and Saddleback Lake. Glades and other “free” sking opportunities challenge experts, but plenty of terrain is groomed and smooth for beginner and intermediate skiers. Backcountry cross-country trails available at no charge. Projected opening day is Nov 27.

Vertical Drop:2000 feet
Number of Trails:66 trails and glades
Snowboarding:terrain park
Snowmaking Capacity:85 percent
Lifts:two quads, two double chairs, one T-bar
Rates:adults $49, teens 13 through 18 and college students $39, seniors over 70 $5, children under six free
Rentals:adult ski or snowboard package $35, junior/senior ski or snowboard package $25
Instruction:group lessons $39, private lessons $69/hour

SHAWNEE PEAK
Address: Rte 302, Bridgton
Phone: 207.647.8444
Web: www.shawneepeak.com
Email: ski@shawneepeak.com
Hours: Mon 9 am to 9 pm; Tues through Thurs 9:30 am to 8 pm; Fri 9 am to 10 pm; Sat 8:30 am to 10 pm; and Sun 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Offers top-to-bottom night skiing on 19 trails, plus one of the largest pipe/park combinations in New England.

Vertical Drop:1300 feet
Number of Trails:44 total, 25 percent novice, 45 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert
Snowboarding:half-pipe, two terrain parks, and grommet-garden beginner’s park, all equipped with night lighting
Snowmaking Capacity:98 percent
Lifts:one quad, two triple chairs, one double chair, one surface lift
Rates:weekdays adults $38, juniors/seniors $29
weekends and holidays adults $53, juniors/seniors $39
Rentals:ski or snowboard package $33
Instruction:semi-private lessons $50/hr, $60/90-min, $105/three hours
private lessons $55/hour, $75/90 min, $135/three hours
first-timer packages and kids' programs also available

MOUNT ABRAM
Address: 308 Howe Hill Rd, Greenwood
Phone: 207.875.5000
Web: www.skimtabram.com
Hours: Thurs through Sun 9 am to 4 pm

Last season, Mount Abram began a new policy called "Boundary to Boundary" that increased its skiable terrain from 250 to 650 acres of trails and glades. It also features the longest tubing park in Maine (1325 feet!).

Vertical Drop:1150
Number of Trails:44 total, 10 novice, 22 intermediate, 12 expert
Snowboarding:four freestyle terrain parks
Snowmaking Capacity:75 percent
Lifts:two double chairs, one T-bar, one handle tow
Rates:adults $49, seniors/juniors six through 12 $37. Thurs is two-for-one, and on "Carload Fridays," everyone seatbelted into a vehicle receives a lift ticket for the flat price of $75
Rentals:adult package $29, seniors/juniors $22
Instruction:group lessons $35, private lessons $60/hour

SUGARLOAF USA
Address: 5092 Access Rd, Carrabassett Valley
Phone: 207.237.2000 or 800.843.5623 for reservations
Web: www.sugarloaf.com
Email: info@sugarloaf.com
Hours: weekdays 8:30 am to 3:50 pm; Sat and Sun opens at 8 am

Sugarloaf is four hours away from both Montreal and Boston. Its summit is Maine's second-highest peak and its vertical drop is the most continuous in New England. Resort includes hotels, boutiques, restaurants, and a health club. Call 800.843.2732 for lodging reservations.

Vertical Drop:2820 feet
Number of Trails:138 total, 25 percent novice, 32 percent intermediate, 28 percent advanced, 15 percent very advanced
Snowboarding:three terrain parks, one superpipe, one half-pipe, one snowboardcross course
Snowmaking Capacity:95 percent
Lifts:two superquads, two high capacity quads, one triple chair, eight double chairs, and two surface lifts
Rates:regular season, adults $75, young adults $64, juniors/seniors $51
during "value season" (opening through Dec 25 and March 22 through close), adults $72, young adults $61, juniors/seniors $49
Rentals:ski or snowboard package $36 adults, $25 juniors/seniors
Instruction:one-day first-timer’s ski or snowboard lesson $80, group lessons $30/90 min. Private lessons $100/hr between 10 am and 1 pm or $85/hr/person before 10 am or after 1 pm

SUNDAY RIVER SKI RESORT
Address: Box 450, Bethel
Phone: 207.824.3000 or 800.543.2754
Web: www.sundayriver.com
Email: info@sundayriver.com
Hours: weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and weekends 8 am to 4 pm; subject to change

Entertainment center features a lighted half-pipe, lighted ice-skating rink, teen center, restaurant, and nightclub.

Vertical Drop:2340 feet
Number of Trails:131 total, 25 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, 40 percent novice
Snowboarding:four terrain parks, a super-pipe, and a mini-pipe
Snowmaking Capacity:92 percent
Lifts:nine quad chairs (four high-speed detachables), four triple chairs, two double chairs, three surface lifts
Rates:call for details
Rentals:call for details
Instruction:call for details