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The Main Trail in 2018
Baker Mountain Ski Area
Bingham, Maine
Status: Open
First Season:1930s
Vertical Drop:460 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lift
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The Main Trail in 2018
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Located just off US 201 north of Bingham and Moscow, Maine, Baker Mountain is one of the oldest ski areas in New England.

Rope Tow Years

The wheels from the Baker Mountain rope tow (2018)
The wheels from the Baker Mountain rope tow (2018)

The roots of Baker Mountain date back to 1937 or 1938, when avid skiers Allen Quimby Jr. and Langdon Quimby logged the slopes of Baker Mountain. Employees of their veneer mill helped to construct a ski area, while a rope tow was likely installed circa 1938, powered by a Model T. Underpowered, the Model T was replaced with a Buick as soon as one year later. Not long thereafter, the tow was lengthened and the motor replaced with a Railton. The Railton was later replaced with an industrial engine.

While the area was closed during World War II, a second rope tow may have been added either immediately before or shortly following the war.

The non-profit Baker Mountain Ski Tow Club was formed in early 1959, taking over operations of the small ski area.

T-Bar Years

The Sluice trail (2018)
The Sluice trail (2018)

After years of operating as a small rope tow area, a major investment was made in the area in 1968. In April 1968, the original lodge was burned to the ground to make way for a new base lodge. Meanwhile, a new 2,170 foot long Poma T-Bar was installed, increasing the area's vertical drop to 430 vertical feet. In addition, two new trails were cut. The new lift and lodge were dedicated on February 2, 1969.

While the improved ski area enjoyed popularity, subsequent demographic shifts and the growth of other ski areas has resulted in Baker Mountain becoming a fairly low key, local operation in recent decades. The Baker Mountain Ski Tow Club continues to operate Baker Mountain ski area to this day, thanks in large part to volunteers, grants, and donations.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
January100%    (1 report)100 Open
February100%    (4 reports)100 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Feb. 24, 2019 by brianna
Powder, Packed Powder
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Jan. 21, 2019 by newenglandskier13
Packed Powder, Powder
Feb. 17, 2018 by rocket21
Frozen Granular, Frozen Granular
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Image Gallery
Baker Mountain Aerial Imagery, 1996 vs. 2011
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed
The lift line (2018)
T-Bar
Poma
T-Bar
1968-69

Past Lifts
Seasons

Maps
2017-18 Baker Mountain Trail Map2018-19 Baker Mountain Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2018-19$12.002018-19 Ticket Price Graph$100.002018-19 Season Pass Price Graph8.3 daysJanuary 12March 301,0672018-19 Skier Visit Graph
2017-18$12.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$100.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph8.3 daysJanuary 7March 252017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-172016-17 Ticket Price Graph2016-17 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 31March 262016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2014-152014-15 Ticket Price Graph2014-15 Season Pass Price GraphJanuary 31March 222014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-142013-14 Ticket Price Graph2013-14 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 29March 292013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-132012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 292012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-122011-12 Ticket Price Graph2011-12 Season Pass Price GraphJanuary 212011-12 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I started around 1964 learning to ski at Baker. Oh did I dread that toe rope, but as I got older and smarter would get on after someone with a toe hook, then ask when they were getting off so that I could get off first and not have the spin ripe my mittens off. Many a kid in Bingham / Moscow had leather mittens with the palm wore out do to the rope! When the T bar came in,a bunch of us would ski in the woods before the new trails were built. The most fun were the snow fields when the powder was fresh and deep. Spent my last year of High School 71/72 on ski patrol and got to ski almost every opening day. Having skied other bigger slopes this one has a greater meaning and great memories with the people from the area. I also had a chance to bring my daughter up in the late 90's for her first time skiing. We both rented equipment and had a ball,only to of wished we lived closer!"
John Richard, Mar. 14, 2019
"I learned to ski at a young age on the small "bunny" slope and finally got my courage up to try the T bars. I was petrified. Robert Henderson walked me through the steps and for the next 20 times I tried I ended up on my butt. lol but then i realized u cant sit on it you just gotta let it push you. Great Great memories growing up in Bingham/Moscow and skiing Baker Mountain. Gave us kids something constructive to do. I hope it remains open and prosperous for generations to come.. I think Ill try and get my sons to try it out this year. Love to you all."
jennifer beane, Jan. 14, 2019
"I learned to ski on this mountain many moons ago. My grandfather was Dr Harry Lowell who used to be the town Dr for the area. I started skiing at a very young age and spent every February vacation on this mountain and loving every minute of it! The T-bar got me a few times but the memories I have of this mountain are forever in my heart!!"
Heather Pelletier, Nov. 29, 2018
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  • Last updated: February 21, 2018

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