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Wondering Where To Ski In Maine? Here Are 17 Options!

Planning a vacation and wondering where to ski in Maine? Maine is the perfect destination for downhill skiers looking for a wide variety of ski areas to choose from.

From big ski resorts with lots of amenities to smaller, family-run ski hills, there’s something for everyone in Maine’s world-class downhill skiing scene.

Whether you’re an experienced skier or are just getting started on your downhill adventures, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from. From the larger ski areas like Sunday River and Sugarloaf to the smaller local hills, there’s something for everyone in The Pine Tree State.

An empty chairlift on a snow covered mountain.

Here are some of the top ski areas to explore when you’re looking for a great downhill skiing experience in Maine.

We’ve divided the list into regions so if you are looking for a place to ski, you can narrow it down by where you are (or will be staying) in Maine.

The Three Major Ski Resorts In Maine

The three major ski resorts in Maine are all located in the western part of the state. They are Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Saddleback Mountain.

Sunday River logo.

✅ Sunday River Resort

Sunday River is the largest ski resort in Maine, with 870 acres of terrain and 135 trails for all levels of skiers and riders. With eight interconnected mountains and 18 lifts, there’s a lot to explore here. Sunday River is also one of the most popular ski resorts in all of New England.

A ski trail at Sunday River.

From fresh powder to groomed trails, terrain parks to double black diamond runs, Sunday River has it all. You’ll also find plenty of amenities including restaurants, hotels, and après-ski activities to choose from at and around the resort.

Prices: Lift tickets start in the $50 range and can go up to the $100s (check prices here)
Vertical Feet: 2,340
Location: Newry
Distance from Portland: ~65 miles/~1.5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~135 miles/~2.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Sunday River

The Sugarloaf Mountain logo.

✅ Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf is the second-largest ski area in Maine and offers some of the most challenging terrain in the east, making it one of the most popular for expert skiers. With an elevation of 4,237 feet, Sugarloaf boasts the highest summit in Maine.

With over fifty trails, a terrain park, and plenty of glades to explore, Sugarloaf is great for all levels of skier.

Sugarloaf is located in Carrabassett Valley, just a few miles from the town of Kingfield and two hours north of Portland. Visiting Sugarloaf is close enough to be done as a day trip, but it’s much more fun to stay for a few days.

The view looking down the mountain under the chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine.

The main lodge has a great lounge–Widowmakers–if you are staying in the lodge and want to have a great time with some drinks and local music. On the same grounds, but a bit down the road (long driveway??) is The Rack, one of my favorite places to go.

The Rack is exactly what you think of when you think of a ski area hangout.

There’s a stage for great local bands. It gets incredibly crowded. You’ll freeze if you stand anywhere near the doors, and there are fires going outside so you can hang out around a fire with your friends (old & new!) and still hear the band.

I really can’t say enough about Sugarloaf, both for the great skiing and the general amount of fun you can have there in the evenings.

👉Where to stay at and near Sugarloaf

Prices: Vary widely, from a low of ~$35 to over $100 (check here for your dates)
Location: Carrabassett Valley
Distance from Portland: ~114 miles/~2.5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~100 miles/~2 hours
Visit their site for more information: Sugarloaf Mountain

The Saddleback Ski area logo.

✅ Saddleback Mountain

Saddleback Mountain is located in the Western Mountains of Maine, and its slopes offer a range of terrain for all levels of skiers. With over 1,000 acres of ski-able terrain, Saddleback offers something for everyone.

On this mountain–along with its 68 runs and 225″ of annual snow–you’ll also find open bowls, glades, challenging groomers, steeps, and powder stashes. The mountain also has a terrain park for those interested in getting into freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

A Saddleback chairlift covered in frost.

If you are looking for something more than just the skiing, Saddleback is home to two lodges – The Base Lodge and The Summit Lodge – that offer great après-ski activities like live music, food and drinks.

It also happens to be home to one of my favorite towns in Maine–Rangeley. If you want a break from the resort, take a day to check out Rangeley. There’s plenty to do in this small town, and it’s worth checking out.

👉 Where to stay at and around Saddleback Mountain

Prices: Prices vary from a low of ~$30 to over $200 depending on the time of year (check here for your dates)
Vertical Feet: 2,000
Location: Rangeley
Distance from Portland: ~125 miles/~2.5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~110 miles/~2.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Saddleback Mountain

An outline map of Maine with north, south, east, and west regions.

Central Maine

✅ Mt. Abram Ski Area

Mt. Abram Ski Area is the perfect destination for any skier or snowboarder looking to explore Maine’s gorgeous natural landscape! From beginner to expert, Mt. Abram has something for everyone.

The main mountain has 1,150 feet of vertical drop with five lifts servicing 10 easy, 21 intermediate, and 13 expert trails. Westside is the beginner area which has one double chairlift and a magic carpet lift where most lessons are taught.

The Mt. Abram ski area logo.

The majority of the mountain, which is serviced by The Way Back Machine double chairlift, has various trails suitable for beginner to expert-level skiers and snowboarders.

Bonus: All the trails at Mt. Abram are named after characters from the classic Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon show! Some examples include Dudley Do Right, Boris Badenov, and Natasha’s Niche.

Prices: Prices vary from a low of ~$30 to over $200 depending on the time of year (check here for your dates)
Vertical Feet: 1,150
Location: Greenwood, just outside of Bethel
Distance from Portland: ~65 miles/~1.5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~130 miles/~2.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Mt. Abram Ski Area

A skier almost completely covered by powder as they make a turn in the snow.

✅ Camden Snow Bowl

Camden Snow Bowl is located on the coast of Maine and offers breathtaking views along with its downhill skiing experience. The Snow Bowl offers (I think) the only ski mountain on the east coast where you can see the ocean while you ski!

With plenty of trails ranging from beginner to black diamond and a freestyle terrain park, it’s perfect for skiers of all levels.

Camden Snow Bowl is a great place for a family day out. It offers 2,000 feet of vertical drop and 200 acres of terrain to explore. The bunny slope has gentle runs ideal for young children and those learning to ski or snowboard.

Advanced skiers will love the black diamond trails with their steep drops and challenging turns. For those looking for some extra fun, you’ll find snowshoeing trails, fat tire biking, and cross-country skiing here as well.

It’s also located in one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Maine. There are several amazing towns in this area, including Belfast, Rockland, Rockport, and Boothbay Harbor. You’ll find plenty of great restaurants and events to keep you busy as well.

Prices: Prices vary for season passes (check here for price list)
Vertical Feet: 2,000
Location: Camden, Maine
Distance from Portland: ~85 miles/~1.5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~50 miles/~1-1.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Camden Snow Bowl

Ski goggles sitting on the snow with the reflection of some skiers in them.

✅ Lost Valley

Lost Valley is a family-run ski area with something for everyone. With three terrain parks and 31 trails, it’s great for beginner and intermediate skiers looking to improve their skills.

The beginner area is perfect for those just starting out. It consists of a double chairlift, two rope tows, and several gentle trails to practice on. The terrain parks offer jumps, rails, and other obstacles for more advanced skiers.

This is a great, affordable way to get in some skiing either all season long if you are from the area, or for an extended stay if you are here on vacation.

👉 Where to stay near Lost Valley

Prices: Lift tickets start at $39 (check here for price list)
Vertical Feet: 240′
Location: Auburn
Distance from Portland: ~40 miles/~1 hour
Distance from Bangor: ~100 miles/~2 hours
Visit their site for more information: Lost Valley Ski Area

The view from the top of a wide ski trail with pine trees on both sides.

✅ Titcomb Mountain

Titcomb Mountain is a great option for those looking to hit the slopes in Western Maine (even though I count it as Central). Located near the small town of Farmington, the ski area provides an excellent variety of terrain that caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

Titcomb offers 17 trails, including six beginner trails, six intermediate trails, and five advanced runs. The resort also features a terrain park with rails, jumps, and other obstacles for those looking to take their skills up another level.

For night skiers and snowboarders, the mountain is lit up on Friday and Saturday evenings during peak season.

Prices: Currently updating their prices (check here for price list)
Vertical Feet: 750′
Location: Farmington
Distance from Portland: ~95 miles/~1.5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~90 miles/~1.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Titcomb Mountain Ski Area

Several people at the top of the hill smiling for the camera before they ski down the hill.

✅ New Hermon Mountain Ski Area

New Hermon Mountain Ski Area is a family-operated ski area, offering a great range of skiing and snowboarding trails for all levels. Located on the outskirts of Bangor, Hermon Mountain offers beautiful views and (typically!) plenty of fresh powder to explore.

Hermon has 20 trails and offers a Superpipe and Terrain Park for snowboarders and freestyle skiers who are looking for some extra fun. They also have night skiing, which, if you haven’t done before, is super fun.

Prices: Prices vary from $35-$55 (check here for prices)
Vertical Feet: 4.931′
Location: Hermon
Distance from Portland: ~ 120 miles/~2 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~15 miles/~25 minutes
Visit their site for more information: New Hermon Mountain

An empty chairlfit with the sun shining behind it and snow covered pine trees below it.


✅ Pleasant Mountain (formerly Shawnee Peak)

Pleasant Mountain Ski Area is a hidden gem of the Maine ski scene. This mid-sized mountain offers something for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

With over 225 acres of terrain spread across 47 trails, two terrain parks, and two glades, there’s plenty to keep you entertained all winter long.

The mountain’s longest run is two miles long, but beginner and intermediate skiers will also find plenty of options that suit their skill level.

There are two terrain parks for those looking to practice their tricks, as well as a rope tow-serviced glade area for advanced skiers.

Pleasant Mountain also offers uphill skiing and 19 trails lit up for night skiing–the most in all of New England!

Prices: Lift tickets start at $34 (check here for prices)
Vertical Feet: 1,300′
Location: Bridgton
Distance from Portland: ~45 miles/~1 hour
Distance from Bangor: ~150 miles/~2.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Pleasant Mountain Ski Area

The tips of a pair of skis in the snow, with the picture taken from above.

✅ Spruce Mountain

Spruce Mountain is a scenic ski area located in Jay, Maine. The mountain offers nine trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, with two terrain parks for those looking to get some extra airtime.

Not only does Spruce Mountain have the largest and tallest rope tow in all of New England, but it also offers night skiing! What a really cool way to spend a night–a throwback rope tow and some night skiing where you’ll have plenty of space and no long lines!

In the winter, Spruce Mountain offers pristine skiing and snowboarding conditions with plenty of fresh powder to explore. It’s a great spot for those who are looking for something a bit more low-key than the bigger resorts in Maine.

The beginner area is perfect for those just starting out, and several trails offer some amazing views of the surrounding area.

Prices: Lift tickets start at $15 (check here for prices)
Vertical Feet: 300′
Location: Jay
Distance from Portland: ~65 miles/~1.5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~100 miles/~1.5 – 2 hours
Visit their site for more information: Spruce Mountain Ski Slope

✅ Eaton Mountain

Temporarily (Permanently?) Closed. Eaton Mountain in Skowhegan is a smaller resort with only five trails but it offers plenty of challenge for experienced skiers. With its long, winding runs and steep terrain, Skowhegan is perfect for those looking for an adventurous day on the mountain.

[November 2022: still waiting for information on whether or not they will open]


An outline map of Maine with north, south, east, and west regions.

Northern Maine

✅ Big Rock Mountain

A bunch of skis and snowboards lined up against a building.

Big Rock Mtn. is the perfect spot for those looking for a day of skiing or snowboarding. It offers a variety of terrain for all levels, from gentle green trails to more advanced black diamonds. You’ll find nearly 30 trails here, some with night skiing.

Big Rock also boasts a terrain park with over 20 elements, and four lifts for quick access to the slopes.

The ski area has been around since 1956 and is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, so you can expect a friendly, welcoming atmosphere when you visit.

With plenty of options for beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers, this is a great choice for those looking to hit the slopes in Maine.

Prices: Lift tickets start at $55 (check here for price list)
Vertical Feet: At 1748 feet tall, Big Rock Mountain is not only the largest ski area in Northern Maine but also Eastern Maritimes. (in other words, I’m unsure of the vertical feet!)
Location: Mars Hill, Maine
Distance from Portland: ~275 miles/~4 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~150 miles/~2.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Big Rock Mountain

✅ Mt. Jefferson Ski Area

[November 2022: I’m not sure if they are going to be open this year.]

Prices: TBD
Vertical Feet: 430′
Location: Lee
Distance from Portland: ~190 miles/~3 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~60 miles/~1 hour
Visit their site for more information: Mt. Jefferson Ski Area

The view from the top of a trail at Lonesome Pines in Maine, taken in the evening.

✅ Lonesome Pine Trails

Lonesome Pine Trails is the perfect spot for a family ski outing in Maine. Located in Fort Kent, this small mountain offers an array of slopes and trails designed to be enjoyed by everyone from beginner skiers to expert riders.

The resort features two lifts, over 10 trails, and a terrain park.

The Bunny Trail is a great place to start for beginner skiers and boarders, and it has a handle tow. Once you’re ready to graduate from the Bunny Trail, the T-bar tow can take you all the way up so that you can select any of the trails.

Intermediate skiers and boarders might find more of a challenge on Valley and Maine Trails, but Founders Trail is fun for people at every level.

The most experienced skiers and boarders can test their skills on the Garbonstingle, Reservoir, The Far Side, Duval & Pine Needle Pass Trails.

​For those who like to freestyle, the Snow Park with a Grinding Rail & Half Pipe is located next to the Reservoir .

Prices: Lift tickets start at $20 (check here for price list)
Vertical Feet: 500′
Location: Fort Kent
Distance from Portland: ~300 miles/~5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~185 miles/~3-3.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Lonesome Pine Trails


An outline map of Maine with north, south, east, and west regions.

Western Maine

✅ Black Mountain

A bunch of different skis lined up like at the start of a race, taken from ground level.

Black Mountain in Maine is a ski resort that has been around since 1948, making it the oldest continuously operating ski area in the state. It’s an ideal spot for beginner and intermediate skiers looking for a challenge or simply a leisurely day on the slopes.

Black Mountain offers 25+ trails across over 200 acres of terrain, ranging from green circles to double black diamonds. The mountain offers a variety of runs including moguls, steeps, and tree skiing, as well as a terrain park with features to satisfy skiers and riders of all levels.

You can also do uphill skiing here! For those looking for something different, you can take part in the night skiing available on Friday and Saturday nights during peak season.

If you’re looking for a ski area with plenty of variety and an unbeatable atmosphere–and that happens to be the 4th tallest operating ski resort in Maine–Black Mountain is definitely the place to go.

Prices: Lift tickets start at $27 (check here for price list)
Vertical Feet: 1,380′
Location: Rumford, Maine
Distance from Portland: ~80 miles/~1.5-2 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~120 miles/~2.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Black Mountain of Maine

A lone skier between pine trees with snow blowing around them.

✅ Big Squaw

Big Squaw Mountain Ski Area is the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders looking for a unique setting to hit the slopes. This resort, located in Greenville Junction, Maine, offers an unforgettable experience with breathtaking views of Moosehead Lake.

It offers 25+ trails and terrain park with jumps and rails, as well as two tubing chutes.

With a variety of trails, there is something for everyone, no matter your experience level. They also operate as a non-profit, working to make skiing an affordable day of fun for everyone.

When you’re done on the slopes, take some time to explore the quaint town of Greenville and its nearby attractions.

Prices: Lift tickets start at $35 (check here for price list)
Vertical Feet: 660′
Location: Greenville Junction
Distance from Portland: ~160 miles/~3 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~75 miles/~1.5-2 hours
Visit their site for more information: Big Squaw Mountain Ski Area

✅ Baker Mountain

Baker Mountain in Maine is home to some of the best skiing terrain in the state. Located near Greenville, this ski resort offers a wide variety of slopes and trails for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

The mountain features 10 trails, from a bunny slope to black diamond trails. It also has a terrain park. Since it’s a fairly small mountain, you won’t find any lifts, but they do have a T-bar!

Prices: Lift tickets start at $15 (check here for price list)
Vertical Feet: 460′
Location: Moscow (outside of Greenville)
Distance from Portland: ~180 miles/~3.5 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~95 miles/~2.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Baker Mountain Ski Area

Maine is the perfect destination for downhill skiers looking for a wide variety of ski areas to choose from. From big resorts with lots of amenities to smaller, family-run ski hills, there’s something for everyone in Maine’s world-class downhill skiing scene.

Whether you’re an experienced skier or are just getting started on your downhill adventures, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from. From the larger ski areas like Sunday River and Sugarloaf to the smaller local hills, there’s something for everyone in The Pine Tree State. Here are some of the top ski areas to explore when you’re looking for a great downhill skiing experience in Maine.

We’ve divided the list into regions so if you are looking for a place to ski, you can narrow it down by where you are (or will be staying) in Maine.


An outline map of Maine with north, south, east, and west regions.

Southern Maine

✅ Powderhouse Hill

Powderhouse Hill is a small ski mountain (hill?) located in southern Maine. It’s a great place to take the family and learn how to ski. There is plenty of terrain for learning, with beginner-friendly slopes and lots of room to practice.

It’s a small hill but it does have a rope tow. It’s an especially great place to learn how to ski. They don’t rent equipment, so you will have to bring your own.

The mountain also has a sledding hill right next door, and it even offers night skiing during select hours!

Prices: $5 cash
Vertical Feet: unsure, but it’s a pretty basic ski hill.
Location: Berwick
Distance from Portland: ~45 miles/~1 hours
Distance from Bangor: ~175 miles/2.5 hours
Visit their site for more information: Powderhouse Hill

Several people sitting in front of a fire in a ski lodge drinking hot drinks and relaxing.

Conclusion

Maine is one of the East Coast’s premier ski destinations. With a variety of slopes and runs at resorts like Sugarloaf, Saddleback, and Sunday River, there’s something for everyone.

From beginner-friendly trails to steep terrain that will challenge even the most experienced skiers, Maine has it all.

With affordable lift tickets and many located near Portland and Bangor, there’s no better place to explore the great outdoors this winter than in beautiful Maine!

​And if downhill skiing isn’t enough, Maine also has more than 1,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and hundreds of miles of cross-country skiing trails. So whatever your winter sport passion may be, you’re sure to find it here.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy skiing. So grab your skis and hit the slopes in Maine – you won’t regret it!