Alpine Skiing in Maine: a Visitor’s Guide to the Camden Snow Bowl

Photo of a Couple Relaxing at the Camden Snow Bowl, One of the Best Places to Go Skiing in Maine.

Unbeknownst to much of New England, the 100-acre Camden Snow Bowl features some of the cleanest alpine skiing in Maine. Despite its small-town feel, the Snow Bowl boasts more than 20-plus recently-upgraded runs that reach nearly 1,300 feet above the sea. There’s never been a more enticing time to “Ski the Sea,” as packed powder currently sits anywhere from 24 to 30 inches. Start and finish each day of MidCoast Maine exploration and sophistication at Camden Harbour Inn, a Relais & Châteaux top destination that is home to a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant.

The Most Underrated Alpine Skiing in Maine

While the Camden Snow Bowl is one of the oldest ski areas in New England, it remains an underrated coastal attraction. It offers some of the finest alpine skiing in Maine, including 48 well-lit acres of night skiing—a rarity. Over 60 percent of the terrain is deemed “advanced,” so prepare for a challenging, black-diamond experience. Some of the most beloved runs include the “Northeaster,” “Mussel Ridge,” and the “Lookout.” Ultra-skilled skiers can take full advantage of the Snow Bowl’s two expansive terrain parks.

Snowshoeing, Nordic Skiing, and National Toboggan Championships

Most New Englanders know the Camden Snow Bowl as the home of the U.S. National Toboggan Championships, nicknamed “Tobogganville.” Tobogganville is home to the U.S.’s last remaining gravity-operated wooden toboggan chute. Near the chute, Nordic skiing enthusiasts will discover pristine terrain via the expansive Kuller Nordic Loop Trail and adjacent Ragged Mountain Preserve, which also features ample acreage for snowshoeing. There’s no shortage of world-class Nordic skiing in Maine’s most romantic bay-side village. Snowshoers will also discover peaceful Hosmer Brook and a hidden trail atop Ragged Mountain.

Opulent, Award-Winning Lodging in Camden, Maine

Photo of a Camden Harbour Inn Suite, Just Minutes Away from the Best Skiing Hill in MidCoast Maine.After a memorable afternoon on the slopes, return to Camden Harbour Inn for a five-course lobster-tasting dinner, complete with a seafood tower for two, Maine oysters, lobster bisque, roasted lobster, fine vino, and more. Natalie’s features a sleek, European-style aesthetic and romantic ambiance. Follow dinner with a relaxing evening in a Penobscot Bay-view suite. In-room amenities range from iPads to BainUltra therapeutic air baths and traditional saunas. The inn is only a short jaunt from the heart of Camden, as well as the historic yacht club.

To book a well-deserved snow-filled escape to Camden Harbour Inn, please check availability online (or speak with a reservationist at 800-236-4266).

Cross-Country Skiing in Maine, an Enlivening Experience

Cross-Country Skiing in MaineWinter has finally blanketed Midcoast Maine in fresh powder, providing the region with a subtle glow just in time for the holidays. As the Atlantic Ocean’s sapphire blue waves continue to lap against Camden’s sandy shores, the city’s historic buildings, tall trees, and surrounding mountains are all sporting a fresh coat of sugar-white snow. For many, winter’s arrival signifies holiday cheer, cozy evenings beside crackling fireplaces, and romantic walks underneath swaying snowflakes. Some travelers have shrewdly adopted hygge, a Danish obsession that’s sweeping the nation. In order to feel comfortable amid winter’s frosty aura, one must embrace the outdoors, even when the temperatures dip below freezing. And one of the many ways travelers here at Camden Harbour Inn embrace the season is by cross-country skiing in Maine.

A Midday Adventure: Cross-Country Skiing in Maine

Several nearby winter wonderlands provide world-class cross-country skiing in Maine, including Jefferson’s Hidden Valley Nature Center, a 1,000-acre protected land. However, two scenic, expansive adult playgrounds rest within Camden’s city limits. Most wintertime guests escape to Camden Harbour Inn to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate. But it wouldn’t be a romantic midwinter getaway without an afternoon of physical exertion to blow off some stress.

Camden Hills State Park

Cross-Country Skiing in MaineCamden Hills State Park is known for its dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean, downtown Camden, and Megunticook Lake. It’s popular among snowshoers, winter hikers, and, yes, Nordic skiers. Two short, on-site Nordic skiing trails provide breathtaking vistas of Penobscot Bay, including the oft-visited Mount Battie Trail. Most groups, however, carve through the five-mile multi-use trail, which follows Megunticook Lake for a portion of the journey. It also meanders past dense forestry, frozen bogs, curious wildlife, and even an elderly ski lodge.

Camden Snow Bowl

The Camden Snow Bowl remains one of the state’s premier ski areas as it features 105 acres of terrain, a snowboard park, nearly two dozen trails, and five kilometers of cross-country access. Most thrillseekers combine cross-country skiing with another activity or two, such as snow tubing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. Perhaps the best part of the Snow Bowl’s two Nordic trails is that they’re free to the public, making this snow-covered destination a hotspot for cross-country skiing in Maine. The “Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail” is entirely ungroomed but only moderately challenging. The “Kuller” loop, meanwhile, features a steep climb and sharp turns. As one of the best ski mountains in Maine, locals and travelers alike cannot stay away.

Luxuriant Hotels in Camden, Maine

Cross-Country Skiing in MaineAfter several hours of cross-country skiing in Maine, retreat to Camden Harbour Inn for a lavish, prix fixe dinner at Natalie’s Restaurant followed by a craft cocktail beside an elegant fireplace. Then, with nothing but the moon, a few city lights, and stars as a guide, go for a stroll underneath falling snowflakes to commemorate a glorious day in Midcoast Maine. Camden Harbour’s suites, meanwhile, are the perfect place to relax with a sweetheart after a rejuvenating day in nature. Each suite is draped in sophistication, including striking local art, high-end furnishings, and dazzling bathrooms. Couples from across New England are encouraged to visit Camden Harbour Inn this winter to revel inside this Relais & Châteaux, AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel.

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