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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 3:30 AM GMT

Skied here 01/29/2011.
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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 3:42 AM GMT

Maple Valley

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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 4:03 AM GMT

No, as it was open.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 10:22 AM GMT

Sweet find!

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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 12:07 PM GMT

Ski it, when you visit all of these areas, do you typically stay with friends/family, stay at hotels, etc? You have to be doing quite a lot of driving! Very impressed by the number of areas, especially relatively obscure ones that you have explored.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 5:49 PM GMT

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Sweet find!

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Is that a hint, meaning you once again know?

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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 5:58 PM GMT

Yup, I know

Was seeing if others could get it too. I must say that's one of the areas I'd love to get to someday.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 6:44 PM GMT
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Ski it, when you visit all of these areas, do you typically stay with friends/family, stay at hotels, etc? You have to be doing quite a lot of driving! Very impressed by the number of areas, especially relatively obscure ones that you have explored.
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Generally stay at hotels with family or I do day trips. Actually, lately, alone since one of my ski partners broke his ankle playing soccer, 2 others are in college and many people my age don't ski anymore. So this has caused some consternation this year on behalf of my better half. Hence, the reason I cannot commit to NELSAP days, like at Campton.
This trip required a hotel on the way up Friday nite. But last year's Tour de Maine covered 1300 miles and we skied 7 places & one X-C area – Bangor hotel, then Mt Jefferson, to Presque Isle hotel, Lonesome Pines Trails, visited 10th Mountain Ski Club, Quoggy Jo, Big Rock, Nordic Heritage Ski Center XC to Greenville hotel, Big Squaw, to Farmington hotel and visited Kent, visited Mt Baker, Saddleback, & finally Black Mountain.
I know, not that green, but people waste gas on worse things. Flying to Alta or IMHO, sledding. Actual, that doesn't bother me unless I'm X-C ing and we are on the same trail. If it gets people outdoors it is all good.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2011 - 6:58 PM GMT

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Was seeing if others could get it too. I must say that's one of the areas I'd love to get to someday.
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I thought so.
You haven't been there and u still know? You're good.
Third time is a charm, as it was my third trip there before I was able to ski it. They need to update their phone number.

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Posted: Feb 14, 2011 - 8:42 PM GMT

Hmmm, I'm guessing the T-bar is their main lift, since that looks like a base lodge next to it. Must be some place pretty obscure, probably not in NH or VT where even the little areas are well known. Looks like 500 vertical feet or more, though.
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Posted: Feb 14, 2011 - 9:08 PM GMT

Cazenovia Ski Club?
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Posted: Feb 15, 2011 - 5:00 AM GMT

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Hmmm, I'm guessing the T-bar is their main lift, since that looks like a base lodge next to it. Must be some place pretty obscure, probably not in NH or VT where even the little areas are well known. Looks like 500 vertical feet or more, though.


Only lift, yes. Yes and yes not NH or VT. Yes, about 500 ft.

And Trackbiker, sorry no.

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Posted: Feb 15, 2011 - 3:35 PM GMT

Argh.. I am trying to think.. there was a place like this we discussed, and looked at google earth images of a few years back. I remember the road fork just beyond the base. I can't remember the name. Argh.
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Posted: Feb 15, 2011 - 4:05 PM GMT

Baker Mountain

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Posted: Feb 15, 2011 - 4:50 PM GMT

Ski_it has quizzed us on this area before! But a different viewpoint makes it a whole new quiz.

Link to article on Baker
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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 - 4:01 PM GMT

[Link to article on Baker[/quote]

well, at least that was the thread I was thinking of.
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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 - 4:07 AM GMT
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Trip Report - Baker Mountain, ME Saturday, January 29, 2011 #40
I drove up to stay in an Augusta motel on a Friday night. I had yet to find a working phone number for Baker Mountain, so once again I was heading to an area having no idea if it was even open. The further north I headed from Massachusetts the less snow there was and I wondered why I didn’t just stay in southern New England. When I got up in the morning I realized I’d forgotten a key item. My ski pants! I hadn’t skied in jeans in a very long time, but what the hell I’d come this far.
I stopped at a Tractor Supply Store I went by after going through Skowhegan. The best I could find there were overalls. A short time later I passed a Labonvilles in Madison – jackpot, a lumberjack supply store. A quick u-turn and soon I had a new pair of wool pants. But before I could leave I had to help jump a guy’s car that wouldn’t start.
Back on the road and it wasn’t too long before I was going through the familiar towns of Bingham & Moscow. Two years earlier I had been to Baker in late March, and again last year during February vacation but neither time was it open. It isn’t hard place to find. North of Augusta you take Route 201 as it roughly follows the Kennebec River to Wyman Lake. The 13-mile-long lake was formed in 1929 when Central Maine Power Co. dammed the Kennebec River between Moscow and Pleasant Ridge. If you’ve ever been rafting on the upper Kennebec or Dead River, then you more than likely passed by here. Just drive straight through town and there it is on the right above the dam. As I rounded the bend I could see quite a few cars in the parking lot, about ten. Yes! Score! They were indeed open.
I entered the lodge to find picnic tables, a well stocked rental area, and a food counter where you also buy your lift ticket. There are two pulleys on the wall with a short length of tow rope wrapped around them. On the rope hangs a hand crafted sign that reads “Original Baker Mtn. Ski Tow Club Rope Tow 1939-1969“. There are several large windows from which parents & grandparents can watch the action up the hill. Another old sign on the wall states, ALL MEN OVER 93 FREE. MEN was crossed out and replaced with PEOPLE. I still have a few more years to go before I can take advantage of that offer. The lift ticket was a whopping 8 dollars for a whole day and rentals are similarly priced. This is an entirely volunteer run operation with the kids of the area in mind.
As I patiently waited in the lift line with the other kids I counted perhaps 25 people skiing and only three of them were adults. The T-bar is a nice smooth ride up the wide center slope. On skier’s left there are two narrow twisting trails through the woods. There is another one through the woods on skier’s right. Also on the right, next to the main slope is an open slope that has a couple steeper pitches. The deeper ungroomed snow and some brush poking through in spots meant I had that trail to myself. See pictures 22 & 23. Considering the all natural snow, the coverage and skiing was pretty good. The trails have a nice length and pitch to them, but it didn’t take long to ski them all a few times each.
The upper lift shack is a bit different from the norm. It is 15 yards to the left of the tow and built on stilts perhaps 10 feet up in the air. There is a porch around three sides of the shack that the attendant sometimes comes out on to get some fresh air. It looks as it could double as tree stand during hunting season, or perhaps it was located there for a better view down the trails.
Baker Mountain is said to be one of the oldest operating ski slopes in Maine, established in 1937. And if you are ever in the area you should check it out, if especially if you are looking for an economical low key friendly family area.


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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 - 4:10 AM GMT

Baker Mountain, ME
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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 - 4:14 AM GMT

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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 - 4:16 AM GMT

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