2017-12-06 / Sports & Outdoors

Ski Season open at two Maine ski areas and two Maine Nordic centers

PORTLAND — Maine offers skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing at four locations. The two downhill areas and two Nordic centers began making snow in November and continue to open more trails as we head into December.

Sunday River kicked off the 2017/18 season Nov. 11 and expects to ski on more than 150 acres this weekend with six lifts operating. The new Spruce Peak Triple chair opened Saturday, Dec. 2.

Sugarloaf followed suit Nov 12. The ski area currently offers more than 100 acres of skiing over 2,000 vertical feet, including the SuperQuad and Skyline chairlifts.

Two Maine Nordic Centers, boosted by snowmaking, opened in November as well. The Fort Kent Outdoor Center opened Nov. 18 and the Quarry Road Recreation Area followed Nov. 24. Both Nordic centers continue to make snow and offer skate skiing and set tracks for classic skiing.

Many Maine ski areas are targeting mid-December for opening day. Areas currently making snow include: Bigrock, Black Mountain, Hermon Mountain, Lonesome Pine Trails, Lost Valley, Mt. Abram, Shawnee Peak and Titcomb. Snowguns are in place at Big Squaw, Camden Snowbowl and Spruce Mountain, ready to go when temperatures allow.

“This early season start for both the downhill and cross county centers is a good sign for the upcoming winter,” according to Greg Sweetser, Executive Director of the Ski Maine Association. “Skiers and snowboarders have been extremely pleased with the number of trails open, and cross-country skiers are excited about snowmaking expansion to their trail networks.”

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