Camden Snow Bowl


Many alpine resorts are justifiably proud of their mountain vistas and make a point of highlighting the views in their brochures. The Camden Snow Bowl can't claim it offers views of big mountains. But it offers spectacular scenery nonetheless.

From the summit of 1300' Ragged Mountain, home to the Snow Bowl's trails, skiers and riders look upon the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Nestled at their feet is the town of Camden, which the word picturesque, although much overused, describes perfectly. Beyond the town's snug harbor Penobscot Bay fades into the Gulf of Maine. The islands that line the horizon include Deer Isle, North Haven, and part of Vinalhaven. It's a view quite unlike any other in the east, and once you've seen it you won't mind that it doesn't include high alpine peaks. That's not to say that the surrounding countryside is flat; far from it. And neither is the Snow Bowl's terrain. While two green circle trails are on the map - Coaster and Lower Spinnaker - most of the terrain is solidly blue square and cut New England-style. In other words, trails flow down the mountain naturally and aren't overly wide.

The Snow Bowl got its start back in 1936 and has been a largely volunteer run operation, with a minor break, ever since. The first lift was erected in 1958 and in 1991 the now-famous toboggan chute was constructed. Site of the National Toboggan Championships but available to the public when the ice on Hosmer Pond, the chute's runout, is safe, it's a thrilling diversion to a day's visit. Ice skating, a network of cross-country trails, tubing, and a terrain park also provide alternative winter fun.