The pitter patter of rain on my roof last night did not discourage me. Real skiers know that a little rain does not hurt snow surfaces, and I was glad to see that this supposition was true when I arrived Sunday morning at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, ME this morning.
Weather has been oscillating between deep freeze and above average for the last few weeks. Fortunately ski areas, including Shawnee, have buried their slopes with man-made snow during the arctic periods. This has resulted in a deep snow pack and great conditions despite some of the weather challenges of late.
It was below freezing when we arrived at 9am but in the 40s by lunch time. This time of year, warmer temps don’t produce mashed potatoes. Rather there was a creamy sugary snow surface that made for great turns all day.
The rain made for some interesting visuals on the lake below Shawnee. A perfect mirror reflection of the trees along its banks made the lake a beautiful focal point for those skiing down the slopes. The photos didn’t do it justice.
Shawnee had its terrain park open and ski school and race training was going full-bore. The Hyannis Yacht Club was the group visiting for the day. All in, a fun sunny day despite the above average temps.
Shawnee was a mere 17 miles from our home in Conway. It is a fun alternative to the North Conway scene for skiers visiting Mt. Washington Valley. If you are looking to stay overnight, they even rent yurts!