Here's a top-of-the-waves look at what's been going on at ski areas across the Great State of Maine.
Sunday River in Bethel unveils $14 million in capital improvements, inclulding the Chondola lift, first in the Northeast, and 12-hour skiing and riding under the lights in the South Ridge area and North Peak.
Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley has spent $5 million on snowmaking, terrain parks, and facilities upgrades, including 25 new Boyne fan guns and 50 HKD guns, new advanced and beginner terrain parks, and a reworking of The Beach.
Saddleback in Rangeley continues its ambitious 10-year plan with addition of a Doppelmayr quad in place of the old Kennebago T-bar, providing easy access to what the area calls the largest self-contained advanced ski complex in the East. The chair allows novice and intermediate skiers to ski from the summit for the first time. Three new trails were added, Black Beauty, Frost Bite, and Altura.
Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford has doubled its grooming fleet - from one to two.
Baker Mountain in Moscow cut a new trail.
Camden Snow Bowl is adding an evening learn to ski program for adults and redesigned lower Foxy ski trail and expanded the glade trail.
Lost Valley in Auburn has a new Wall Ride in its terrain park, and has expanded Nordic terrain.
Mt. Abram in Greenwood has extended the children's magic carpet lift in the Westside Learning Park, expanded its snow tube park, and increased snowmaking capacity.
Shawnee Peak in Bridgton has replaced every snowgun with more efficient guns, cutting energy use in half, completely reconfigured the Lil' Pine Beginner Area, and installed a scanning system for lift tickets.
Titcomb Mountain in Farmington has put up five new tower guns, and widened its Nordic and alpine trails to original width.