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The Main Slope
Pinnacle Ski Club
Pittsfield, Maine
Status: Open
First Season:1954-55
Vertical Drop:100 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lifts
Past Lifts:
Left: The Main Slope
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Located near the Sebasticook River on the northwest side of Pittsfield (between Augusta and Bangor), the Pinnacle has been home to alpine skiing for over half a century.

Lift served skiing on the Pinnacle likely dates back to the fall of 1954, when Byron "Bud" Dow and Jack Baxter worked with an elderly property owner and the local Kiwanis to open a small rope tow served ski area.

Over the next decade, the property likely ended up in the hands of the Town of Pittsfield and the Maine Central Institute. The Pinnacle Ski Club operates the ski area for its members.

The ski area is composed of multiple slopes and trails, serviced by two rope tows. While there is no snowmaking, the area does have night skiing.

Maps
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Visitor Memories
"Jack Baxter, who conceived of the idea of creating The Pinnacle Ski Club (first known as The Kiwanis Ski Slope) in the mid-50s, and who along with Bud Dow’s engineering genius, brought it to fruition, will celebrate a personal landmark this year. He turns 95 on March 11 in Loveland, Colorado. Jack will celebrate his birthday with his children Connie Baxter Marlow, John (Randy) Baxter and Judy Baxter and several grandchildren and great grandchildren (all of whom are or were skiers.) See Jack’s 'Ski Chatter' in The Pittsfield Advertiser 1954/1955. Skiing was a life-long passion for Jack whose enthusiasm and commitment to the sport influenced many of the Pittsfield youth in the 50s and 60s as he and others developed the ski school at The Pinnacle and contributed to the development of the Sugarloaf Ski Area not far away. After his move to Oregon in 1965, Jack skied at Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor well into his 80s, as well as The Rockies and European resorts."
Connie Baxter Marlow, Mar. 16, 2015
"I remember my first ski race at the Pinnacle when I was 8 or so. My parents, Jack and Alice Baxter had been avid skiers for decades and taught lessons at The Pinnacle. Dad did the countdown and when he said 'Go' I wet my pants and pushed off! Skiing and ski racing became a lifelong passion. In college in Massachusetts I was head of the Women's Intercollegiate Ski Conference (WISC) and my parents sent me to ski racing camp at Mt. Hood, Oregon. (They had moved to Oregon from Maine in 1965). There I met and fell in love with my coach Pepi Stiegler, Austrian Olympic Gold Medalist in Slalom in 1964 ( Billy Kidd won the Silver and Jimmy Huega won the Bronze that year.) Pepi and I were together in Jackson Hole for 9 years. I became Executive Director of SKI THE ROCKIES, a marketing group of the 12 major Rocky Mountain ski resorts, left Pepi and moved to Aspen in 1976 where I met my husband and raised three children, none of whom became avid skiers even though they were on skis as soon as they could walk. It all started at The Pinnacle in Pittsfield, Maine - so happy it is still providing foundational skiing experiences for the children of Pittsfield - thanks Dad, Bud, Kiwanis and all who made it possible."
Connie Baxter Marlow, Feb. 8, 2015
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External Links
  • Pinnacle Ski Club - official site
  • Pinnacle Ski Area - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Pinnacle Ski Club - SmallSkiAreas.com
  • Last updated: September 16, 2015

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