Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ski Mountain Review - On the List

Followers of this blog know that I have been reviewing ski areas in Maine. Here is a list of the areas I have not visited or have not had a chance to write a full review for yet.

Baker Mountain - Bingham, Maine
Baker is on Route 201 in Bingham, Maine. I have passed Baker on the way to The Forks to go white water rafting and fishing. It looks like a decent hill with good pitch.

Big Rock - Mars Hill, Maine
In my pre-ski days, I traveled a lot in 'The County' that you could clearly see this mountain driving on Route 1. Our sons participated in the 2013 State High School Class C championships at Big Rock and you can check out the trip report here.

Eaton Mountain - Skowhegan, Maine
Back when my kids were little and I didn't ski, we lived about a mile from Eaton Mountain. I could see the night skiing lights from my porch. Eaton had a fire and fell into disrepair, but new owners are trying to make a go of it. They only have a snow-tubing park now, but hope to open to alpine for the 2014-15 season. I skied this a long time ago when I was a child. I think this hill could be really good. It has some nice pitch down the front face and good beginner terrain too. I hope the new owners can continue moving forward!

Lost Valley - Auburn, Maine
After threatening closure, the community rallied and they will be open for the 2014-15 ski season. I have skied Lost Valley once for pleasure and have been on the hill a few times with my kids race teams helping the coaches out with race training. It is not really big enough to give it a full review so I will stick this recap 'on the list'. Basically - it is a great place to learn to ski. Just about all of the terrain is very gentle. The terrain park is pretty good if I remember correctly. Offering night skiing and being close to Lewiston / Auburn makes this a unique hill in Maine. If you are not into terrain parks and are any more than an advanced beginner, you will quickly run out of runs that are interesting but this does not take away from the important part this ski area takes in getting folks onto skis and outside!

Titcomb Mountain - Farmington, Maine
I skied Titcomb when I went to college at UMF. The college had a ski industries program where students in the program would 'practice' being ski instructors. I was a guinea pig and this is how I basically learned to ski. I got ski lessons and a college credit. It was great! We also spent time at Sugarloaf during this program. I don't remember enough about Titcomb to offer a full review, but I do know it was a great community hill with a good vibe. We visited Titcomb after a major snow dump in 2014 and you can view the trip report here.

These other mountains I don't know much about, but here are the links for more information.

Hermon Mountain - Hermon, Maine

Lonesome Pine - Fort Kent, Maine
I do know they have a world-class nordic / biathlon facility here too.

Mt. Jefferson - Lee, Maine

Powderhouse Hill - South Berwick, Maine

Quoggy Jo - Presque Isle, Maine
Also part of the Maine Winter Sports Center network of facilities.

Spruce Mountain - Jay, Maine

Lastly, if you want to learn more about ski area history I highly recommend you spend some time at the New England Lost Ski Area Project. A highly informative web site detailing all the former "lost" ski areas in Maine and New England. There used to be a bunch of community hills in Maine!

Feel free to comment below about any of the Maine ski areas I have not skied yet. Let us know what you think of these hills!

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