April 28, 2013

Skiing in Maine: Summer's no time for hibernation

By John Christie

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If you want to see new construction at a Maine ski area, you'll have to wait until the summer of 2014 for activity at the Camden Snow Bowl, when installation of a new triple chair, a new base lodge and a relocated beginners' area are expected to be in full swing.

But not so at Sunday River, where this summer will be abuzz with activity, as the area has announced that that it will benefit from $5.7 million in capital improvements for the upcoming season.

Up at Sugarloaf, you'll see crews working to expand Brackett Basin's glades.

At Shawnee Peak, two mountaintop campsites will be available for rent from May 31 to Nov. 30. The North Ridge Yurt sleeps four and offers views of Mount Washington, while the Tuckerman's Cabin, which sleeps six, also offers views of the Presidential Range.

Although there there is no power or running water, both sites are well furnished. Just check the Shawnee Peak website. Hiking and blueberry picking are encouraged on the mountain's trails

Until we see you on some slope somewhere next winter ... have a wonderful summer.

John Christie is a former ski racer and ski area manager and owner, a ski historian and member of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. He and his son, Josh, write ski columns on alternating weeks. John can be reached at:

jchristie@fairpoint.net

 

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