glimpse maine’s lakes + mountains
skiing, sledding, and snowboarding
For outdoor enthusiasts, Winter is a snow-dusted dream come true. Good thing Maine and snow sports go hand in hand, both because of the state’s expansive cross country trails and its world renowned downhill resorts. Looking for an adventure? You’ve come to the right place.
just a short drive away
Day trips from Portland to some of the best skiing in the country is what makes the area a winter destination. When the snow falls, the slopes are superb, and even when it doesn’t, ski resorts are making snow and grooming trails to be their best. Visitors will recognize the names of Maine’s most famous ski areas, and will find lesser-known peaks as well. Note also that those with “half-pipe” as part of their vocabulary will find the mountains a snowboarder’s paradise. Trails range from beginner to precipitous, and the views are awesome. Sticking around for a meal and entertainment is always a great additional ski activity. Ski areas offer plenty of packages and getaways along with discounts and ski passes, as if they could sweeten such a deal.
In Greater Portland skiers can cross-country ski alongside the ocean, across golf courses and through scented pine forests – the 25 km of groomed Nordic trails at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester is a place to start. Or head to L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, which offer inexpensive “Walk-On Adventures” in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing right from their retail store in Freeport.
More outdoor adventures
Check out our full list of ideas and activities in Greater Portland, Maine below.
What better time to play in Portland than when you can enjoy it like a local? Explore shops and restaurants, but skip the lines this Winter.
Skiing on a blanket of fresh snow is any Mainer’s idea of a perfect day. State parks and resorts welcome skiers, sledders, and snowboarders.