There’s no need to hibernate this winter! Hitting the slopes is easy to do in The Maine Highlands. This region is home to three family-friendly ski resorts. If Sunday River or Sugarloaf are too much for your skills and budget, head to the Bangor region, Moosehead Lake, or the Lincoln Lakes region for some family fun on the slopes.
Before you head for the mountains, we suggest you visit the resorts’ websites to check out trail conditions and hours, as they can vary throughout the season.
New Hermon Mountain
441 Newburgh Road, Hermon
Hermon Mountain, located just outside of Bangor, has been a family-owned skiing facility for three decades. It’s a great place to take downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons. They offer private and group lessons. You can even affordably rent all the gear you need right here. Half-day rentals cost $25 while a full day will run you $30.
Hermon Mountain also has a snow tubing course for anyone aged three and up. You can slide and ski during the day, or under the lights at night.
Big Squaw Mountain Ski Resort
447 Ski Resort Road, Greenville Junction
Located in the north Maine woods overlooking the shores of Moosehead Lake, Big Squaw offers wonderful views. Squaw Mountain opened as a ski resort in 1963, and has been enjoyed for generations since.
Big Squaw Mountain has alpine trails along with trails for nordic skiing and fat biking. Downhill ski and snowboard rentals run $20-$30 and kids under 5 and seniors older than 70 can rent for free! Private or group lessons are available.
Mt. Jefferson Ski Resort
Route 6, Lee
Mt. Jefferson is a quaint, New England ski resort. This area doesn’t have snow making capabilities, and is dependent on natural snowfall.
Along with downhill skiing and snowboarding, visitors can enjoy the new snow tubing park. Rental equipment is $15-$20 and you can choose to visit for a full- or half-day. Unlike the other ski resorts, Mt. Jefferson is only open on the weekends, except for the February school vacation week.
There are so many ways to get outside and have fun in The Maine Highlands during the winter months. We’d love to tell you more! Feel free to order our free guidebook to read all about our four seasons of fun.
Photographs by Cait Bourgault Photography