Saturday, October 12, 2019

Maine Alpine Ski Area Season Pass Guide

Should you buy a Maine ski area season pass?


It is the time of year where skiers thoughts turn towards making ski pass plans for the 2019-20 ski season. There is a certain calculus to making a ski pass decision. You have to figure out how much time you are going be skiing this year and if you have saved up enough money to plunk down a good chunk of
We have purchased many Maine ski area season passes over the years.
Our multi-year season pass collection
change to make a pass purchase. If you do buy a pass you want to make sure you visit the mountain enough so that the number of trips divided by the pass price is less than a daily lift ticket - a pass ROI calculation. (see the listings below for specific ROI calculations for each Maine ski resort). Some folks like to have a "home mountain" while others prefer to ski different ski areas over the course of the winter season.


We were Saddleback pass holders for a long time. Now that Saddleback is no longer an option, we have migrated to a Sugarloaf Season Pass where we have had some amazing ski days and we hope the start to the ski season is as good as last year. For the adults in our family we buy silver level passes. This season pass level gives us access to Sunday River and has 12 blackout dates. Our now adult kids get the 20's and college season passes. We actually don't mind the blackout dates as it gives us more of an opportunity to ski other areas like Mt. Abram, Black Mountain of Maine, Shawnee Peak, Titcomb, Lost Valley and other smaller, but awesome, ski areas in Maine.

More recently, there has been a buzz about season passes that cover multiple ski resorts across North America, including Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine. They might be worth checking out especially if you plan to take a ski vacation outside of Maine. The Ikon Pass gives you 7 days at Sugarloaf and Sunday River plus access to a bunch of other resorts across the USA. 

Regardless, here is a listing of all the Maine ski areas and links to the 2019-20 season pass options I could find... with an early season deadlines noted. I have also included a calculation comparing the walk-up adult ticket prices vs. the full access adult season pass to calculate how many days you need to ski to save money on a pass purchase. All prices listed as of October 16, 2019.

Maine Ski Area Season Pass Guide


Sugarloaf - Carrabassett Valley
Sugarloaf Season Pass Link
Offering big mountain skiing with a variety of pass levels based on age and blackout dates including a new Nitro pass aimed at the twenty-something crowd. Most passes are good to use at Sunday River and Loon (NH) as well. Early bird deadline October 14th.

Full Adult Pass Price $1,419 | Walk Up Ticket Price $105 | Trip ROI 14 ski days


Sunday River - Newry
Sunday River Season Pass Link
Big resort skiing with a variety of pass levels based on age and blackout dates including a new Nitro pass aimed at the twenty-something crowd.. Most passes are good to use at Sugarloaf and Loon (NH) as well. Early bird deadline October 14th.

Full Adult Pass Price $1,419 | Walk Up Ticket Price $105 | Trip ROI 14 ski days


Shawnee Peak - Bridgton
Shawnee Peak Season Pass Link
Accessible southern Maine ski area with a variety of pass options including a popular night only pass option.

Full Adult Pass Price $770 | Walk Up Ticket Price $75 | Trip ROI 11 ski days


Titcomb Mountain - Farmington
Titcomb Mountain Season Pass Link
Fun community mountain offering children, young adult and adult season passes and the option to add nordic skiing to the pass. Early bird deadline November 2nd.

Full Adult Pass Price $185 | Walk Up Ticket Price $24 | Trip ROI 8 ski days



Great mid-sized mountain with community, Military, Adult, Children and Family passes available. Early bird deadline October 16th.


Full Adult Pass Price $609 | Walk Up Ticket Price $49 | Trip ROI 13 ski days


Super community ski mountain with some of the best maintained glades in Maine and a world-class nordic facility. Early bird deadline October 31.


Full Adult Pass Price $405 | Walk Up Ticket Price $45 | Trip ROI 9 ski days




Very accessible southern Maine ski area with pass options for child, junior, adults and families. Early bird deadline October 15th.

Full Adult Pass Price $575 | Walk Up Ticket Price $60 | Trip ROI 10 ski days

Popular coastal ski area with views of the Atlantic offering family, adult, student, military, youth and senior passes. Early bird deadline October 31st.

Full Adult Pass Price $429 | Walk Up Ticket Price $43 | Trip ROI 10 ski days


Impressive ski area located in “The County” offering adult, youth, children and senior passes. Early bird deadline December 1st.

Full Adult Pass Price $365 | Walk Up Ticket Price $40 | Trip ROI 10 ski days


Community ski area offering junior, student, adult and family passes. Early bird deadline October 31st.

Full Adult Pass Price $347 | Walk Up Ticket Price $35 | Trip ROI 10 ski days
Community ski area at the northern tip of Maine offering adult, student, child and tykes passes.

Full Adult Pass Price $205 | Walk Up Ticket Price $25 | Trip ROI 10 ski days


Ski Maine Mountain Pass
Ski Maine Pass Link
Not a season’s pass but you get 26 lift ticket vouchers to Maine alpine ski areas. Typically use 2 per mountain.

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