Ski Again passes now available in the County

28 September 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The Maine Winter Sports Center has announced its Ski Again Pass today, giving skiers unlimited skiing at all MWSC facilities for only $150 for the season. This unique season pass gives holders access to five downhill and Nordic areas across Maine, with no blackout dates.

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"The Maine Winter Sports Center has been dedicated to making skiing accessible to everyone since our inception in 1999," said Andy Shepard, President and CEO of the MWSC. "I believe this Ski Again Pass and our $15 day ticket, are another significant step in that direction."

Included in the pass are historic Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine's fifth tallest alpine ski area, Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill, the tallest vertical in northern Maine and the Maritimes, and Pineland Farms Nordic Center in New Gloucester, one of the top Nordic ski centers in the eastern United States and centrally located between Portland and Lewiston/Auburn. 

The pass also includes the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle and the 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent, which continue to offer world-class Nordic skiing free to the public, year-round. The Nordic Heritage and 10th Mountain Centers are considered among the top Nordic venues in the world and entertained 140 million TV viewers in Europe when they hosted Biathlon World Cups in 2004 and 2011. 

Maine is blessed with four seasons, including our long and cold winters. The Ski Again pass is intended to encourage Mainers to embrace our winter heritage and either get back to skiing, or take it up for the first time, at one of our areas.

"We got into the alpine business to offer families and those just getting into the sport a place to ski, surrounded by people who treat them like family," said Shepard. "We have friendly staff, no lift lines, and have made significant investments in ensuring an on- mountain skiing experience that guarantees challenges for all abilities," said Shepard.

At Black Mountain we have installed a new snowmaking system this fall and purchased new high-efficiency guns as well. At Bigrock Mountain, which enjoys Aroostook County's famous snowpack, we have redesigned our lodge to include increased seating, better flow and a pub.

The Ski Again Pass gives you unlimited skiing at: 

Black Mountain in Rumford - The Mountain features 30 trails, beginner to expert; a brand new snowmaking system; a new family-friendly day-lodge with a café, pub, two museums, two fireplaces, and four paved parking lots. Black Mountain is also the 5th tallest ski area in Maine with 1,150 feet of vertical and is less than two hours from Portland.

Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill - The Mountain has the highest vertical of any ski area in northern Maine and Canadian Maritimes, and features a new "GO BIG" Terrain Park with 20 elements. The Mountain also offers 35 trails, beginner to expert, home-style meals cooked on-site in the Café, and our new Pub. Bigrock Mountain is an easy two hours from Bangor and less than two hours from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Pineland Farms Nordic Center - Pineland Farm has been an epicenter of recreational cross-country skiing, training and racing for some of America's top skiers since it opened in 2002. With a John Morton Designs network of trails, traversing over 35 kilometers through rolling farmland and hardwood forests and with many views of Mount Washington looming to the west, Pineland Farms offers something for every ability. Don't forget to stop by the Market for outstanding sandwiches, soups, or other Maine-made treats, or to take home some award-winning Pineland Farms Cheese or Pineland Farms Natural Meats.

10th Mountain Ski Center Located in Fort Kent - The 10th Mountain Center has hosted a number of international events including a world championship in 2005, Biathlon World Cups in 2004 and 2011, North American Biathlon Championships, as well as countless national and regional championships. The center is known for its early snow, night skiing, sauna and showers, fireplace and is free to the public year-round.

Nordic Heritage Ski Center - Located on a mountain overlooking central Aroostook County, the Nordic Heritage Center boasts and outstanding trail system - cruiser runs for the cross country skiers and single track for mountain bikers in the green season and snowshoers in the winter. The center also offers night skiing, showers, sauna, a fireplace and a museum that tells the story of the early Swedish settlers who brought skiing to the region in the 1870's. The Nordic Heritage Center is free to the public, year-round.

Passes are on sale now and are available online at skiblackmountain.com and bigrockmaine.com.