State of Shred: Maine

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Words: Chas Truslow, Photos: Drew Amato, Video: Ryan Sheetz

When talking about the snowboarding in the Northeast people think of the mountains of Vermont or New Hampshire. Hell, now thanks to the Internet even Rhode Island is thrown into the mix. Over the years one state has been overlooked and forgotten about, Maine. Most of the snowboarders in Maine could care less about trends in snowboarding or filming edits, they ride for the love of it. This is the beauty of snowboarding in Maine, nobody vibes anyone out, there are no bad attitudes, just a welcoming group of people who are down to ride with anyone. With barely any coverage coming out of Maine, it would have been difficult to show what the state has to offer without going there ourselves.

We assembled a crew: four riders (Erik Roomet, Colby Sears, Ben Kessler & Nate Haust), a filmer (Ryan Sheetz) and a photographer (Drew Amato). We planned to check out the state’s four most popular mountains: Sunday River, Shawnee Peak, Sugarloaf and Saddleback. Right before we were scheduled to leave, Mother Nature threw us a curveball and hit the East Coast with a two-day thaw, which was immediately followed by sub-zero temperatures. This meant we were going to have a week of classic East Coast boilerplate and frostbite warnings. Too late to bail on the trip, we crammed into my minivan and hit the road to our first stop, Sunday River.

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The Basics

Population: 1,329,192
State Since: 1820
Total Resorts: 18

Best Park: Sugarloaf. Hands down the best park we rode the whole trip, lips were perfect and the rails slid smooth even though it was sub-zero.

Largest Park: Sunday River. Home to six different parks including The Sticks, an all-natural park with a bunch of crazy wooden features.

Best Side Hits: Sugarloaf. There is a trail called Binder that is top to bottom side hits, one after another.

Stickiest Rails: Sunday River. We had to go buy Pam from the grocery store and spray it on all the rails to be able to slide them.

Most Ice: Shawnee Peak. Every mountain we went to was icy but I think I might have been better off with ice skates at Shawnee.

Best Chair Lift: Sugarloaf. The Super-Quad is fast, reliable and gives you access to a majority of the mountain including the park.

Slowest Lift: Saddleback. In order to lap the park we had to take a double that literally took 20 minutes, lapping was out of the question pretty quickly.

Best On-Hill Bar: Shawnee Peak. The Blizzard’s Pub is located right at the bottom of Shawnee and offers a bunch of different beers on tap and stiff $4 mixed drinks.

Best On-Hill Food: Sugarloaf. Their was a variety of really good and fair priced restaurants, I recommend going to D’Ellies Bakery for a sandwich at lunch and The Bag for the famous “Bag Burger” for dinner.

Best Place to See a Moose: Saddleback. On the drive to the mountain we saw at least five.

Best Contest: Sugarloaf Banked Slalom. It’s not very often that there is a banked slalom on the East.

Best Trees: Sugarloaf. Although we didn’t get to ride any powder on our trip, I know for a fact that Sugarloaf has the best tree riding in Maine.

Least Crowded: Saddleback. Located in the most remote location of the four
mountains, Saddleback rarely gets much traffic from people out of state, making it a
ghost town on weekdays.

Cheapest Lift Ticket: Shawnee, $59 (8:30am — 9pm).

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  • I Ride Park Sticky.

    I wanna ride Sunday River

  • Worst Nightlife: Sunday River

  • boom

    people really need to stop using slow motion excessively.

  • Saddleback!

    You guys must have visited these places on a weekday. When the park double is open, Saddleback is hands down the most fun place to ride.

  • Frankinstien

    Was that nose press switch?

  • gbp

    yeah roomet

  • what’s maine?

  • Miggs’ Bong

    Maine stand up!

  • poopsticks

    Fixed it for you –> “couldn’t care less”

  • shitbox

    yeh colby

  • pretty solid representation. thanks.

  • Moleman

    Excellent work all around

  • ZSW


  • karnkarn

    Nice work Chas! Awesome edit and write up. Some of the best tricks ever done in the fringe state.

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  • Jon H

    Nate Haust is gonna make a name for himself in this industry, watch him. Way to kill it Erik and Nate!

  • DoodooBrown

    “Best Chair Lift: Sugarloaf. The Super-Quad is fast, reliable and gives you access to a majority of the mountain including the park.”

    HAHAHAHA! The Stupid Quad, or Pooper Quad as it is commonly referred, is actually the shittiest lift on earth. Glad you guys got to ride it while it was working though!

  • canada sucks

    Zeaches and Swivels…Maine sure looks cool. Where can I book my next trip?

  • gingers have no souls

    that nate dude us a cocky dick. and he still swivels so i have no clue why he’s cocky/a dick

  • MaineSnowBoarding

    sugarloaf is by far the best MT in Maine and we really do wanna ride with anyone ! unless your a dick

  • FilmerD

    “Sunday River is not a very high mountain but makes up for it by being extremely wide, much like a chode.”