If woolly mammoths had mastered the Arlberg technique, they would've made it out of the Ice Age and into the Bronze Age, if not the Silver or Gold Age. Ensure your long-term survival with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an all-day ski pass (up to a $56 value) at Shawnee Peak, located in Bridgton, Maine, about a three-hour drive from Boston.
With 40 day trails and 19 night trails, two terrain parks, and a 400-foot half pipe, Shawnee Peak satisfies the snow lust of all levels of skiers and snowboarders. A state-of-the-art snowmaking system ensures that 98% of the park's skiing grounds are groomed and covered by a fresh layer of fluff to keep powdersurfers riding the white waves all day. To stay on good terms with the environment, Shawnee Peak has increased its dependency on solar power while setting limits on snowmobiles' rights to roam across the mountain.
Shawnee Peak offers partial-day passes and packages that may be a better deal; plan ahead to make sure you're using your Groupon at the most opportune time.
A network of 40 trails, including and six gladed trails, cut through the 249 acres at Shawnee Peak, which offers 98% snowmaking coverage. Slopes range from beginners to experts-only, with names such as Fat and Happy, Poacher's Paradise, and The Vain. The mountain also features three terrain parks—one of which is designed for children—brimming with air-bestowing features such as box jumps and the newly added BigAirBag. The five lifts that service these slopes run late into the evening for night skiing, which keeps 19 trails open and sometimes culminates in moon-lit ski races and whispered discussions about which famed 1924 skier is haunting the bathroom.
A more than 75-year-old ski school prepares visitors of all ages to tackle the mountain's slopes, while day-care providers watch over future skiers. In classes suited to adventurers as young as four years old, professionally trained instructors guide small groups of skiers and riders through basic to advanced techniques of skiing and snowboarding. Throughout each season, the resort hosts a variety of activities and events.