The Maine Ski Experience!
Old-timers call winter in Maine “the long season” and for decades skiers have come away from our slopes with long memories of exciting runs, unspolied scenery and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
This week we go beyond ski areas getting together to promote a region like the features we had on Québec’s Outaouais, Mauricie or New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This brochure by the Maine Publicity Bureau from 1979-80 promoted skiing at the state as a ski destination. Presenting the state’s 9 main ski areas of the day.
Camden Snow Bowl
Evergreen Valley Resort
Sugarloaf / USA
There have been a few changes in Maine ski destinations in the last 30 years. Of the 9 ski areas presented; 2 have ceased operations (Squaw Mtn, Evergreen Valley (nelsap links), 1 has changed names (Pleasant Mtn became Shawnee Peak) and 3 expanded (Saddleback, Sugarloaf and Sunday River). Sunday River is very different from the small area it was back in 1980.
Comments on the 3 ski areas already featured on previous Mondays:
Sunday River had 1 double chair and 4 surface lifts servicing 16 trails on 1600 vertical feet. “Has opened as early as Halloween and remained open as late as early May.”
Sugarloaf, “Maine’s largest ski area. The state’s only gondola carries skiers to the mountaintop and to trails with 2600′ vertical drop. Sugarloaf/USA is located in a cluster of 4000′ peaks in western Maine.”
Squaw Mountain: “a complete resort with 55-unit hotel. Called “one of the finest family ski resort in the East” by Sking Magazine”.