In the months that Maine is covered in white and landscapes are quiet and frozen, hillsides come to lifebusy with colorful sleds and kids bundled up in snowsuits. Sledding has been a winter cabin-fever cure for generations. From organized hills complete with rope tows to good old-fashioned neighborhood hills, there are plenty of inclines to test around the state.
01 Transfer Station | Kennebunk
On snow days, kids in Kennebunk know to find their classmates at the former landfill down Sea Road. The steepness is great enough for momentum, but safe enough to allow parents to congregate at the top of the hill worry-free, outfitted in down jackets and chatting as their kids glide down.
02 Edward Payson Park | Portland On Back Cove, Edward
Payson Park is the post-storm place to go in Portland. The hill is divided between snowboarders and sledders. On the snowboard side older kids and adults tend to occupy the mini terrain park, which is complete with rails and jumps.
03 Black Mountain | Rumford
In Rumford, Black Mountain Ski Resort has 35 downhill trails and five glades, as well as celebrated Nordic ski trails and facilities. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, they also offer tubing at The Edge, where tubers have a choice of chutes.
04 Seacoast Fun Park | Windham
Off Route 302, Seacoast Fun Park makes it easy: they provide the tubes, make snow, and have a tube lift to take riders to the top. The park plays music and has lights for night rides. After tubing, parents and kids can warm up inside the Deck House Coffee Shop.
05 Hermon Mountain | Bangor
Anyone over the age of three can take a ride down the 600-foot hillside at Hermon Mountain in Bangor. The hill is groomed to offer various chutes that range from fast and smooth to bumpy.
06 Sandpit | Yarmouth
If you didnt grow up in the surrounding area, you might not know how to find the Sandpit in Yarmouth. Park at the North Yarmouth Memorial School and follow a path through woods behind the building and youll find a hill that is steep and smooth and dotted in jumps throughout the season.
07 Pineland Farms| New Gloucester
Pineland Farms offers lots of outdoor activities year- round, including snowshoeing, cross- country skiing, and skating in the winter. They also have a sledding hill, which they groom after an evening of snow; sleds are available to rent from the Outdoor Center.