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Last site activity: May 21st, 2019

Welcome to Maine Lift!
My name is Kai and I am a lift enthusiast based at Sugarloaf in Maine. Over the past year, I have created databases with info about every lift in Maine. I am still working on taking photos of these lifts, but until then, most images are provided by newenglandskihistory.com. You can also check out my blog by scrolling down below this page.

This winter I skied 120 days, and I’m not done yet. Killington and Mt. Washington should be good to go well into June. Follow along on these journeys on my Instagram (@maine.lift) and my Facebook Page.

Interested in lift videos? Check out my YouTube Channel to watch lift videos from around the world.

Please add your comments or contact me for more info. 

Who else misses winter?
-Kai

May 20th – PHOTOS

There are currently 20 operating ski areas in the state of Maine. So, on the 20th of every month, I post a few of my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. This month, I’ve chosen 6 photos from Instagram to share with you. (I apologize for the delayed post!)

Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 3/4 and 3/5

And just like that, we’re down to one. One mountain; one weekend; one more fantastic time. It’s gonna be a great weekend. Here’s how it looks:

Sugarloaf will be the only mountain in Maine open this weekend. SuperQuad is scheduled from 8:30am to 4:20pm on Saturday and 8:30am to 3:50pm on Sunday. Partly cloudy skies with temps around 60 degrees will close out the season with perfect t-shirt weather. 47 trails are open with 232 acres! It’s still deep up there. Last chair will be at 3:50 on Sunday. Who will be on it?

Stay tuned for my season recap coming soon with photos and more from this amazing season, including New England, Colorado, and France.

I’ll be out there; don’t miss out on the fun!
-Kai

Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 4/27 and 4/28

Do you really need snow to ski? Grass works too. Fortunately, there’s still enough snow for a great weekend of fun! Here’s how it looks:

Sugarloaf: SuperQuad and DRC East are scheduled to operate this weekend starting at 8:30am. SuperQuad will remain open until 4:20 on Saturday only. 62 trails and 289 acres are still open for spring enjoyment.

Lift tickets are now just $49 all ages as the season wraps up. As always, buy online and save. Score $29 end of season tickets on select days.

The East Coast Pond Skimming Championship kicks off this Saturday on The Landing. Head to Guest Services at 9am to sign up for free. Don’t miss out on the fun! Skimming starts at noon.

Closing day is currently set for Sunday, May 5th. Operations will continue daily until then.

Sunday River: Barker Mountain Express will be open for the last time this year from 8am to 4pm. 21 trails, 107 acres, and 17 groomed.

Tickets are $49 for adults, $45 for seniors and teens, and $39 for children. Lift access and tickets will be available out of the Barker Lodge only.

Celebrate the end of a great season on Sunday and ski for FREE. That’s right, free! Enjoy BBQs, music, and spring skiing. Could it really get any better?!

Closing day is Sunday, April 28th.

How will you make this a weekend to remember?
-Kai

Big Squaw to Enhance Beginner Area

This evening, Big Squaw, located in Greenville JCT, ME, announced plans to enhance their beginner area with a new conveyor lift for the 2020/2021 season.

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The “magic carpet” will look similar to this one.

Big Squaw is currently under contract with Starlifts USA which is based in nearby Sunapee, NH. This project will cost around $75,000, and your support is highly appreciated by donating to the cause: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/2170175.

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Donaher Triple  //  Credit: newenglandskihistory.com

The Donaher Triple was installed back in the summer of 1986. Big Squaw hasn’t replaced or gotten a new lift since then – 33 years ago! Big Squaw is upping their game and beginning to expand after financial issues throughout the last 15 years. We could see the summit section reopened with lift service within the next decade! But for now, enjoy the new beginner carpet and triple chair.

April 20th – PHOTOS

There are currently 20 operating ski areas in the state of Maine. So, on the 20th of every month, I post a few of my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. This month, I’ve chosen 5 photos from Instagram to share with you.

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Bluebird beauty.

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Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 4/20 and 4/21

Rain, sun, and parties. Now that’s what makes spring, SPRING. Here’s how this weekend looks:

Sugarloaf: SuperQuad, Skyline, DRC East, and Skidway are scheduled to operate this weekend. SuperQuad will remain open until 4:20 on Saturday only. 133 trails and 1013 acres are still open!

Lift tickets are now just $49 all ages as the season wraps up. As always, buy online and save. Score $29 end of season tickets on select days.

The East Coast Pond Skimming Championship has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 27th. But this Sunday, pass holders can still enjoy the annual Pass Holder BBQ at the Sugarloaf Inn. Celebrate the end of another great season with free burgers and beverages starting at 12pm. The Sawduster chair may be open as it has been in the past to allow skiers to get back up to the mountain.

Closing day is currently set for Sunday, May 5th. Operations will continue daily until then.

Sunday River: Barker Mountain Express and the White Heat Quad will be open from 8am to 4pm. Trail count and acreage will be announced tomorrow morning here.

Tickets are $49 for adults, $45 for seniors and teens, and $39 for children. Lift access and tickets will be available out of the Barker Lodge only.

The annual Great Tailgate event is this Saturday. Park in the Barker lot and set up your Jamaican themed car tailgate for a chance to win the tailgate trophy.

Closing day is Sunday, April 28th. Operations will be suspended from Monday, April 22nd to Friday, April 26th. One last weekend will follow on the 27th and 28th.

Spring is in the air.
Kai

Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 4/13 and 4/14

True weekend of spring skiing! Here’s how it looks:

SugarloafAll 13 lifts are scheduled to operate this weekend. SuperQuad will remain open until 4:20 on Saturday. 158 trails and 1195 acres are currently open. Follow @SugarloafSnow on Twitter for the latest lift and trail updates throughout the day.

The 31st Annual Sugarloaf Reggae kicked off Thursday and will continue on through the weekend. Don’t miss out! Tickets for “the biggest party in the east” are almost gone! Click here. Good vibes guaranteed.

Sunday River: The White Cap Quad, White Heat Quad, Barker Mountain Express, the Chondola, South Ridge Express, Spruce Peak Triple, Aurora Peak Quad, and Jordan Bowl Express are scheduled starting at 8am. 87 trails and 472 acres are currently open.

Check out this weekends event lineup, including the annual Pond-A-Palooza Pond Skim! Spring isn’t spring without water and good vibes, right? Remember, “the bigger the splash, the better the prize.”

BigrockBigrock will be open for one last weekend of spring skiing and riding. Tickets will be just $30 for adults and $20 for students. Enjoy this last weekend of spring skiing and pond skimming!

Check out the Mountain Staus page for closing dates and more!

Get out there. It’s not over yet.
Kai