The mission of the Ski Maine Association is to promote Maine ski areas which operate in every corner of the state. The 17 members of Ski Maine reach from Fort Kent to South Berwick, and from Camden on the coast to the 4,000-foot summits of the western mountains.
The Ski Maine Peak to Peak Challenge is the simple tally of the number of ski areas a person visits over the course of the winter. The format is based on the popular concept that hikers have followed over the years of “bagging peaks.” The Peak to Peak Challenge card can be downloaded at SkiMaine.com and holders fill in the date that they visit any one of the participating ski areas.
The 2012-13 season marks the fifth anniversary of the Peak to Peak Challenge. The genesis of the program was a tour of all Maine ski areas in January of 2008 by an intrepid group criss-crossing the state during a four-day marathon.
The association offers special lift ticket products complimenting the Peak to Peak Challenge. The Ski Maine Mountain Pass includes a pair of lift tickets to all of the participating areas and the Maine Winter Activities Pass offers discounts at all of the areas.
Ski Maine Association also supports the contest with end-of-season prizes for individuals submitting the Peak to Peak Challenge form. Three levels of the contest are established so that a person does not need to ski all the areas to participate. All entries are gathered by Ski Maine and are categorized by three levels of visits. The first level is for individuals who visit six areas, the second level for visiting 12 areas. These entries qualify to win gift certificates sponsored by Kittery Trading Post. The ultimate honor is for those visiting all 17 sites. Those entering the highest level qualify for the chance to win an overnight ski and lodging package at the Comfort Inn, Farmington and a lift ticket package containing a day pass to all 17 areas.
The 17 ski areas in this year’s Peak to Peak Challenge include: Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Shawnee Peak, Saddleback, Mt. Aram, Lost Valley, Camden Snow Bowl, Hermon Mountain, Bigrock Mountain, Lonesome Pine Trails, Quoggy Jo, Mt. Jefferson, Titcomb Mountain, Spruce Mountain, Baker Mountain, Black Mountain and Powderhouse Hill.