Ski Resorts in Rangeley, Maine

Ski Resorts in Rangeley, Maine
Rangeley, Maine is located in the northwestern part of the state. Known for its lakes and mountains that support a wealth of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and water sports, Rangeley is a popular tourist destination. In the winter, the area offers both downhill and cross-country skiing.

Saddleback Ski Resort

Saddleback is the place to head for downhill skiing in Rangeley. The mountain is quickly gaining a name for itself as one of the premier resorts on the East Coast. The resort features 66 trails/glades across 220 acres of terrain that are pretty evenly divided amongst beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. Runs can drop down 2,000 feet. The resort also boasts some of the only above-treeline skiing in the East with its hike-to snowfields. Saddleback also has 44 acres of glades. As of 2009, daily adult tickets went for just $49. Saddleback's website pins its season at mid-November through late-April.

Saddleback Maine
PO Box 490
Rangeley, Maine 04970
(207) 864-5671
saddlebackmaine.com

Rangeley Lakes Trail Center

If cross-country skiing is more your speed, Rangeley offers the Rangeley Lakes Trail Center. The 55 kilometers of groomed trails wind their way around the scenic mountains and lakes of the Rangeley area. The cross-country ski center includes a lodge where visitors can rent skis, purchase clothing and merchandise and find light food and beverages. The ski center states that the area receives 200 inches of annual snowfall, so visitors can expect plenty of cover for their cross country tour. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced trails available. There is even a trail on Saddleback Lake. Dogs are allowed on the Geneva Bog Loop on weekdays.

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center
P.O. Box 1283
Rangeley, ME 04970
(207) 864-4309
xcskirangeley.com

Sugarloaf

Located under 30 miles from Rangeley, Sugarloaf is another one of Maine's top downhill ski resorts. One of the largest resorts in the east, Sugarloaf offers 1,400 acres of terrain and an impressive 2,820 feet of vertical drop. The resort also offers the East's only lift-served, above-treeline skiing and riding. The resort also offers 20 glade areas. Freestyle skiers and riders have access to three progressive terrain parks, a Superpipe and a mini-pipe. Sugarloaf has a boarder/skiercross course. The resort shares Saddleback's long season. Cross-country skiers can take advantage of Sugarloaf Outdoor Center's 90 km of groomed trails.

Sugarloaf
5092 Access Road
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
(207) 237-2000
sugarloaf.com

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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