The Mountains of Maine: Skiing in the Pine Tree State

Exhibit of the history of Maine skiing on loan from the New England Ski Museum of Franconia, NH to the Bethel Historical Society.

The Mountains of Maine: Skiing in the Pine Tree State

BETHEL -- The Ski Museum of Maine is teaming up with two other organizations to present an exhibit illustrating a large swath of skiing history in this state.

The exhibit is titled “The Mountains of Maine: Skiing in the Pine Tree State,” and it has been open to the public for the past year at the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, New Hampshire. NESM has graciously loaned it to the Ski Museum of Maine, which will re-mount it in the Robinson House of the Bethel Historical Society.

NESM’s display comprises about 60 photographs taken from its own collections and borrowed from others. It covers most of Maine skiing history, from the arrival of the first Swedish immigrants in Aroostook County in the late 1800s, and the narrative continues into the modern era. 

The principal focus of the photo collection is the development of commercial and non-profit ski areas both large and small. Many of these ski hills, particularly the smallest ones, disappeared decades ago, but others, such as Sunday River, Mount Abram, Black Mountain of Maine and Shawnee Peak, remain important to our state’s skiing lifestyle. 

The exhibit will be supplemented with artifacts and photos from the collections of the Ski Museum of Maine.  

The exhibit will open on June 24 and remain on display through the spring of 2017.  Hours will be Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. during July and August.  The Society’s museums are closed November 1 through Thanksgiving. Call 800-824-2910 or visit bethelhistorical.org for more information.