Mussel Men

For years, Matthew Moretti would tell people he worked as a “professional shoveler.” Before his family business upgraded its equipment two years ago, Matthew explains, wielding a shovel was integral to the mussel farming process. “The original way we harvested … Continue reading

American Dreamer

Alain Nahimana’s first job in America was a two-hour-a-week gig cleaning bathrooms at the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland. As he washed floors and scrubbed toilets, he thought of everything he had left behind in Burundi, including the communications firm … Continue reading


The early-March morning was calm, quiet, and cold—a perfect day to test our nerve on a winter summit. We drove carefully up the winding road to the base of Burnt Mountain. As we checked our gear and put on our … Continue reading

High Rollers

Three summers ago, between two thunderstorms, Ian Butler’s wedding was held right here, beside the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. At the edge of wide Carrabassett Valley pond, it’s a stunning setting that frames an almost base-to-peak view of Sugarloaf and the … Continue reading

Backcountry Taxi

Before weaving between trees and traversing ungroomed snow, backcountry skiers usually have to hike up a mountain. At Sugarloaf, it can take a couple of hours to reach Burnt Mountain’s summit before skiing down its snow-filled glades. With the introduction … Continue reading

It’s a Long Way to the Top

As runners make their way up Sugarloaf‘s Binder Trail, their legs burn and ache. A cheeky sign tells them, “This is the only hill on the course.” But this is no hill—it’s a 4,237-foot mountain, the third highest peak in … Continue reading

Defined by the Details

In a downstairs guest room in Gail Blackburn’s cozy, chalet-style home in Carrabassett Valley, a framed vintage poster hangs above the bed. The poster is from a 1971 FIS Alpine Ski World race, the one and only time the international … Continue reading

48 Hours in Bethel: Winter

Friday Afternoon A dog-day afternoon The excited yelps of dozens of Yukon huskies greet 
us as we walk down the long, snowy driveway of Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry. Mahoosuc’s Polly Mahoney and Kevin Slater, who are registered Master Maine … Continue reading

48 Hours in Bethel: Summer

Friday Evening Check-in and martinis It’s just after 5 p.m. when we pull in to charming downtown Bethel, and the picnic tables at the new Steam Mill Brewery are already filling up. My best friend, Stephanie, and I decide to … Continue reading