Shawnee Peak ski vacations afford big-time family fun amid a backdrop of mountains northeast of Portland and southwest of Bangor. Shawnee Peak Maine is used almost as much by Canadians as it is by Americans because of Maine’s location tucked snugly in beside the Canadian province of New Brunswick and only about four hours from Montreal, Quebec. With an almost 2000-foot platform, a base elevation at 600 feet, and vertical drop measuring more than 1200-feet, a Shawnee Peak ski experience is suitable for low to mid experience levels and is especially great for beginners or any skiers with small children.
Considered sizable at 239 acres and all accessible by boarders and skiers, there are 40 excellent daytime trails and 19 nighttime trails available. These 19 nighttime trails make up the most trails available for night skiing in Maine. Gladed ski trails include one intermediate level and three black diamond runs. The Terrain Park at Shawnee Peak ski area presents ten exciting elements including rail slides, a 44 x 400-foot halfpipe, table tops, spines and more for a premier freestyle experience at one of Maine’s most popular ski areas.
Shawnee Peak doesn’t lose sight of those with a low freestyle experience level, but high ambitions. Though many terrain parks cater to mid-range-plus riders, as does Shawnee Peak Maine Terrain Park, there is also Grommet Garden, a perfect mini-park for snowboarders and skiers to learn on before advancing to the large area that has more features. If the park’s not your thing, head out to one of the 44 ski trails for some great winter action. Intermediate riders enjoy a choice of 23 trails while beginners have seven to learn and ski on. Fourteen black diamond and double black diamond runs accommodate accomplished skiers.
Though 90 to 100 inches of snow falls annually on average, Shawnee Peak Maine has been known to enjoy more than 200 inches of snow fall in recent years. Excluding most glades, 98 percent of the Shawnee Peak ski area is blanketed by snowmaking technology and grooming commences both every afternoon and each night. Prime daytime skiing begins in late December while nighttime skiing doesn’t start until the end of the months. Ski runs are generally skiable between mid-December and later March. Shawnee Peak ski are hosts more than 7,000 skiers every hour via two triple chairs, one quad lift, one double lift, and one carpet lift.
Shawnee Peak rentals are made by Rossignol while snowboard gear is strictly Burton and Elan. Both child and adult sizes are available for all ski and snowboard rental gear. The base-lodge area retail store on Shawnee mountain offers a large variety of accessories, gear, and souvenirs. Lodging is available at mountainside condominiums as well as a ten-room lodge that features rooms with private bathrooms, living rooms, a game room, big kitchens, and a two-sided fireplace. Base lodges house two top-notch restaurants, both cafeteria style for expedited service.
Snowboard and ski lessons for adults and kids are available both as a group and privately. At Shawnee Peak Maine there are also plenty of special events going on adding to all the fun and excitement. After-ski events, family entertainment, ski and snowboard races and competitions, radio promotions, and holiday events add to a long roster of fun to be add throughout the ski season at Shawnee Peak. While there is enough to keep you busy here, other Maine ski resorts worth checking out are Saddleback and Camden Ski Bowl.