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Things to Do in Carrabassett Valley

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Carrabassett Valley largely grew up around the ski resort, therefore most of what is in the area has to do with Sugarloaf Mountain.  However, if skiing or snowboarding isn’t you’re thing, you’ll still be able to find plenty to do!

Sugarloaf Mountain is the main event here! The largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains, offering 154 trails, and the second longest vertical drop in New England, it’s a very exciting mountain to ski.  It also has the only above treeline lift in the East, offering panoramic views of New Hampshire, Canada, Vermont, and Mount Katahdin.  They have terrain ranging from easy slopes for beginners to some of the steepest, most challenging terrain in New England, as well as some great terrain parks.

If you fancy skiing but not crowds, or simply want to get in some new scenery after skiing Sugarloaf, nearby Mount Abraham may be what you’re looking for.  Though significantly smaller than Sugarloaf Mountain, its 44 trails are well maintained and it’s a great mountain for beginners!

Sugarloaf is so well known for its downhill skiing and snowboarding that many people don’t consider the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.  Tucked away in the backwoods of Sugarloaf Mountain lies fantastic snowshoeing and cross country skiing on their well groomed trails, and ice skating on their NHL sized rink.

Discover Maine’s extensive history with skiing at the Ski Museum of Maine.  Many may not realize what an important role the state of Maine played in the development of the sport.  Maine’s history of woodwork and producing leather goods helped them to create early ski and ski accessory companies in the 1930’s, when skis were made of wood, and boots were made of leather. Learn all about how this, and Maine’s ski areas developed over time, and see Maine’s Ski Hall of Fame!

For another piece of Maine’s history go to the Stanley Museum.  See the Stanley School, built in 1903 and named for the family responsible for the Stanley steam car – or “Stanley Steamer”  – which would go on to break the Land Speed Record in 1906. The Stanley twins are well remembered for their automobile invention, but their sister, Chansonetta, also made great contributions to photography with her depictions of rural American life at the turn of the century.  This museum celebrates the genius of the entire Stanley family.

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