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11 Best Maine Ski Resorts for Big Families – How to Pick the Right Resort for Your Kids

    Dramatic coastlines, stunning scenery, and 18 different ski areas and resorts make Maine one of the country’s most popular ski vacation destinations for families. And, thanks to its status as the northernmost state in the US, Maine’s ski areas typically open in late October and remain open until the end of April. Almost all of Maine’s resorts offer snowboarding, sledding, tubing, skating, and snowshoeing. All provide equipment rentals and repairs, as well as lessons for every age and ability of skier. We’ve compiled details and programs at eleven Maine resorts to help you decide the best match for your family.

    Big Rock Ski Area, Mars Hill, Maine

    BigRock Mountain boasts northern Maine’s highest vertical slope – almost 1000 ft of continuous vertical drop. The ski area also has a snow-tube park, terrain for cross-country skiing, and several snowshoe trails. A recently expanded lodge, along with BigRock’s small-town atmosphere, attracts families large and small. With 26 trails, two chairlifts, and 80 percent snowmaking, BigRock is a good fit for intermediate skiers. BigRock is located 146 miles north of Bangor via I95 and Route US 1. 

    Big Rock Ski Area Details for Families

    • Stats: 26 runs, 60 skiable acres, and a 1000’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 11% beginner, 75% intermediate, 14% advanced
    • Average Snowfall: 100″
    • Lifts: 4 -1 triple chair, 1 double chair, 1 surface carpet, 1 snow tube tow
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Multi-week lesson programs available
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids 4 and under ski free

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    Big Squaw Mountain, Greenville Junction, Maine

    Big Squaw Mountain offers a more intimate skiing experience compared to some of the state’s other resorts, like Sunday River or Sugarloaf. Twenty-eight trails evenly divided among all skill levels makes Big Squaw a popular destination with families. New skiers and kids will find the gentler slopes like the Moxie or Canada Falls just right for their abilities. The mountain also has six black diamond trails for those at the expert level. Big Squaw’s ski and snowboard school caters to skiers of all ages. Getting to Big Squaw takes about two hours and ten minutes by car from both Augusta and Bangor.

    Big Squaw Mountain Details for Families

    • Stats: 33 runs, 660’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 38% beginner, 38% intermediate, 24% advanced
    • Average Snowfall: 136″
    • Lifts: 1 triple chair
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Private, Child (ages 7+)
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids 4 and under ski free

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    Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford, Maine

    The only ski resort in Rumford is Black Mountain Ski Resort, which is located only a short drive from the pulp and paper mill that has been the area’s primary employer for over a century. Black Mountain Ski Resort has been owned by several companies during its history, and today it operates as a non-profit organization that is supported by the community and the Angry Beavers. Families can still come here and have a great day out on the slopes. Black Mountain Ski Resort provides a variety of activities besides skiing and snowboarding. Among the activities available are terrain park features like small jumps, rails, boxes, and other elements that are perfect for park lovers. In addition, there is Nordic skating on 17km of trails, which is popular with people of all ages. There’s also a two-lane Edge Tube Park, which is great for thrills.

    Black Mountain Details for Families

    • Stats: 50 runs, 600 skiable acres, and 1380’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 20% beginner, 20% intermediate, 52% advanced, 8% expert
    • Average Snowfall: 140″
    • Lifts: 3 – 1 triple, 1 double, 1 surface lift
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Adult, Private, Child (ages 5-6, 7-14)
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids K-2 free, Kids ages 5 and under free

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    Camden Snow Bowl, Camden, Maine

    A friendly small-town feel, picturesque harbor views, charming inns, and award-winning restaurants make the Camden Snow Bowl one of Maine’s most popular ski resorts. The Snow Bowl’s more than 20 recently expanded runs – eight of which are lit for nighttime skiing – and 1,000 feet of vertical elevation attract skiers of all levels. Located adjacent to the slopes at the Camden Snow Bowl, the municipally owned Jack Williams Toboggan Chute hosts the US National Toboggan Championships each year in February. The Snow Bowl’s location 85 miles northeast of Portland, ME, near Camden Hills State Park, makes it especially popular with family travelers. The Snow Bowl is the only ski area on the East Coast with ocean views.

    Camden Snow Bowl Details for Families

    • Stats: 20 runs, 100 skiable acres, and 850’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 20% beginner, 70% intermediate, 10% advanced
    • Average Snowfall: 70″
    • Lifts: 3 – 1 triple, 1 double, 1 surface lift
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Yes
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under ski free with paying adult

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    Lost Valley, Auburn, Maine

    Just outside of the town of Auburn and less than an hour’s drive from Portland, Lost Valley has launched the careers of four Olympians – Julie Parisien, Rob Parisien, Anne-Lise Parisien, and John Bower. Lost Valley’s gentle slopes are perfect for the little ones as well as novice skiers. The resort also features 100-percent snowmaking ability, night skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and 10 kilometers of well-maintained cross-country ski trails. In conjunction with the Central Maine NEMBA and the Perkins Ridge Sno-Travelers, the Lost Valley resort area also offers free access to its fat biking trails.

    Lost Valley Details for Families

    • Stats: 22 runs, 65 skiable acres, and 240’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 26% beginner, 29% intermediate, 26% advanced, 19% expert. 3 Terrain Parks
    • Average Snowfall: 99″
    • Lifts: 4 – 2 doubles, 2 surface lifts
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Adult, Private, Child (ages 4-6, 7 and up)
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under $10

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    Mt Abram Ski Area & Pike Park, Greenwood, Maine

    Mt Abram’s location, just five miles outside of Bethel, makes it a popular destination for families looking for a budget-friendly ski and stay vacation. Day trippers from Portland also like the somewhat quick drive – about an hour and thirty minutes. Mt Abram rarely ever feels crowded thanks to 36 trails spread across 450 skiable acres. And, with a ski school offering instruction for all ages of skiers, along with over seventy percent of the trails geared towards beginner and intermediate-level skiers, Mt Abram has plenty of room for kids and new skiers to earn their wings.

    Mt Abram Details for Families

    • Stats: 42 runs, 450 skiable acres, and 1150’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 35% beginner, 42% intermediate, 23% advanced
    • Average Snowfall: 115″
    • Lifts: 4
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Beginner classes

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    Pleasant Mountain, Bridgton, Maine

    Pleasant Mountain (formerly Shawnee Peak) has been a go-to resort for skiers since its opening season in 1937. In total, Pleasant Mountain encompasses 47 trails and glades spread out over 239 acres of skiable terrain. With seventy-five percent of its slopes tailored towards the beginner or intermediate-level abilities, Pleasant Mountain attracts families year in and year out. Other family-oriented events throughout the season include a torchlight parade, a cardboard box race, and the annual Spring Fling. Thanks to its location nestled in the foothills of western Maine, Pleasant Mountain offers breathtaking views of the Presidential Mountains. 

    Pleasant Mountain Details for Families

    • Stats: 47 runs, 239 skiable acres, and 1300’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced
    • Average Snowfall: 110″
    • Lifts: 6 – 1 fixed grip quad, 3 fixed grip triple, 2 surface lifts
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Adult (age 13+), Private Child (ages 4-6, 7-12)
    • Kids Ski Free: 5 and under $15

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    Saddleback Ski Resort, Sandy River, Maine

    Saddleback offers classic New England skiing, stunning views of the Rangeley Lakes and White Mountain regions, and New England’s highest base elevation. Its 40 acres of beginner terrain, 60 different runs, and six lifts make Saddleback especially popular with families. Saddleback’s Alpine Adventurers program works with kids between the ages of six and seventeen years old. The ten-week program teaches children the fundamental skills of skiing and snowboarding in a fun and safe environment. Saddleback’s location, in the northwest portion of the state, about two and a half hours drive from Portland, makes it a popular weekend getaway or day trip destination. 

    Saddleback Details for Families

    • Stats: 68 runs, 600 skiable acres, and 2000’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 35% beginner, 29% intermediate, 26% advanced, 10% expert, 2 Terrain Parks
    • Average Snowfall: 225″
    • Lifts: 6 – 4 quad chairlifts, 1 T-bar, 1 moving carpet
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Adult, Private, Child (ages 2-3, 5-17)
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under ski free

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    Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, Stratton, Maine

    Also located in the state’s western portion, Maine’s best-known resort, Sugarloaf Mountain, boasts 1,240 skiable acres, 162 trails, and gorgeous views of the Carrabassett Valley. And, with its trails almost equally divided by skill level, Sugarloaf offers plenty of fun for skiers at every level. Its ample average snowfall and northern location also allow Sugarloaf to operate longer than almost any other resort on the east coast. The Sugarloaf resort has a licensed childcare facility for kids of 10 weeks to three years of age. Sugarloaf’s sprawling size, extended ski season, and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Portland make it one of Maine’s most popular ski destinations.

    Sugarloaf Mountain Details for Families

    • Stats: 162 runs, 1240 skiable acres, and 2820’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 23% beginner, 34% intermediate, 27% advanced, 16% expert
    • Average Snowfall: 200”
    • Lifts: 14 – 2 detachable quads, 3 fixed grip quads, 5 double lifts, 1 triple lift, 3 surface lifts
    • Kids Club and Day Care: Sugarloaf Child Care provides quality care for children ages 10 weeks to 3 years in a professional, licensed childcare facility
    • Lessons and Ski School Adult, Private, Child (ages 1.5-3, 3-5, 6-14)
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under ski for $5

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    Sunday River Resort, Newry, Maine

    About 20 minutes away from the Mount Abram ski area, the Sunlight Ski Resort attracts families for its gentle slopes and reasonable lift ticket prices. The resort area spreads out across eight peaks and boasts over 870 skiable acres of terrain, of which thirty percent is reserved for beginners. Twilight skiing from December through March, as well as ample space for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing, also makes Sunday River popular with big families. Sunday River also runs several Kids Ski Free Weeks throughout the season.

    Sunday River Details for Families

    • Stats: 135 runs, 870 skiable acres, and 2340’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 30% beginner, 36% intermediate, 18% advanced, 16% expert
    • Average Snowfall: 150″
    • Lifts: 18 – 1 Chondola, 4 quads, 5 fixed quads, 3 triples, 1 double, 4 surface lifts
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Adult (age 13+), Private, Child (ages 2.5-3, 3-5, 6-7, 8-12)
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under $5

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    Titcomb Mountain, Farmington, Maine

    The Titcomb Mountain resort bills itself as “The Friendliest Mountain Around.” Its location less than 40 miles from Augusta makes it perfect for day trips and short stays. The club-owned Titcomb Mountain Resort has 16 trails in all, which includes a beginner’s trail serviced by a handle tow. Snowmaking covers 70 percent of the alpine trails, and night skiing is available Saturday and Wednesday nights. The resort also lets kids five years old and under, as well as seniors 70 years old and up, ski for free. The resort offers children’s lessons during after-school hours and on Saturdays

    Titcomb Mountain Details for Families

    • Stats: 16 runs, 45 skiable acres, and 350’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 23% beginner, 25% intermediate, 52% advanced
    • Average Snowfall: 85″
    • Lifts: 3 – 2 T-bars, 1 Pony lift
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Lessons available based on instructor availability
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under ski free

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    Compare Maine Ski Resort for Families

    Ski AreaSki LessonsKids Ski FreeTerrain2022 Adult Price*
    Big RockYesKids 4 and under free11-75-14
    Big SquawYesKids 4 and under free38-38-24$30
    Black Mountain YesKids up to 2nd grade free20-20-52-8$55
    Camden Snow BowlYesKids 5 and under with paid adult20-70-10$35-45
    Lost ValleyYesKids 5 and under $1026-29-26-19$48-52
    Mt AbramYesNo35-42-23$49
    Pleasant MountainYesKids 5 and under $1525-50-25$34-87
    Saddleback YesKids 5 and under free35-29-26-10$119
    SugarloafYesKids 5 and under $523-37-27-16$129
    Sunday RiverYesKids 5 and under $530-36-18-16$57-122
    TitcombYeskids 5 and under free23-25-52$27
    *price varies by day, purchased online vs in-person, other discounts

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    Theresa Jorgensen

    Theresa is the mother of four including twins. She is the owner of SixSuitcaseTravel, a travel site for big families of 5, 6, 7, 8. She enjoys helping other big families build life-long travel memories. Her family's travel bucket list includes Washington, DC (done!), Yellowstone (done!), London, and anywhere in the Caribbean.