Black Mountain Ski Resort, Rumford, ME

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Black Mountain Ski Resort in Rumford, Maine, and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging & webcams. The ski area is only a short drive from the town of Rumford, which is home to a pulp and paper mill that has been the primary employer of the area for […]

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Black Mountain Ski Resort in Rumford, Maine, and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging & webcams. The ski area is only a short drive from the town of Rumford, which is home to a pulp and paper mill that has been the primary employer of the area for over 100 years. Maine is known as a four-season outdoor recreation state, so the idea of bringing downhill skiing to the Rumford area to compliment the already popular Nordic skiing and ski jumping was warmly welcomed. Black Mountain Ski Resort opened in December 1960, with only two trails, a T-Bar lift and a vertical drop of 470ft/143m. Later that season two ski jumps were added. The ski resort is just off of Isthmus Road, which is easy to find from the main road. The Chisholm Ski Club which was founded in 1924, and has been instrumental in the development at Black Mountain Ski Resort. In 1962 they decided to open all new facilities at the mountain. The ski club has hosted several Nordic events throughout its long history and received national attention when two local Rumford residents made the Nordic Ski Team in 1952. Black Mountain Ski Resort had experienced limited change and growth up until 2005 when a 12,000 sq/ft base lodge that featured a post and beam style interior was constructed along with the addition of a Triple chairlift that increased the lift-serviced vertical drop to 1150ft/351m. All these years later the base lodge interior is still considered a style that is reflective of the New England warmth and hospitality. Over its history, Black Mountain Ski Resort has been operated by several ownership groups and today operates as a non-profit entity that relies on the community and a group known as the Angry Beavers for support. The Angry Beavers are a group who have dedicated themselves to adding new terrain to the ski resort. Volunteers are the backbone of most community initiatives, and it is no different here. Black Mountain Ski Resort still provides a place where families can come and enjoy a great day out on the slopes. The ski resort has earned the reputation as one of the best values for skiing in Maine and is home to the $20.00 Friday lift ticket. While visiting Maine, Black Mountain Ski Resort peaked the interest of Escape2ski, and after our visit, it is safe to say this facility is home to a group of genuine individuals who are proud of their Black Mountain Ski Resort and rightfully so.

On the Slopes

  • Black Mountain Ski Resort has grown to an area that boasts over 50 trails that includes 20 glades. There’s also an option to experience the Hike-to-Terrain of the East Bowl that will add an addition 230ft/70m of vertical drop (this is included in the calculation of the overall vertical drop of 1380ft/420m.)
  • A little-known fact is that the trails located in the East Bowl, Moxie, Bagaduce, Saco, and Wesserunsett are named after Maine Rivers and Streams as are all the trails at Black Mountain Ski Resort. On a clear day from the summit, you can see the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
  • Black Mountain Ski Resort features a fun terrain park that contains small jumps, rails, boxes and several other features for the park enthusiast.
  • The resort hosts a group of dedicated ski and snowboard instructors who are waiting for the opportunity to make your experience on snow a memorable one. Kinder Club and Snow Kids are popular with the younger crowd, and group lessons are available for both children and adults. Don’t forget about the Learn-to-Ski and private and semi-private lessons. Contact 207-364-8977 for more info.

Off the Slopes

  • The ski resort features a small shopping experience where you can shop for essential items, such as gloves, goggles, hats and many other items that may be required to make your day more comfortable.
  • The Last Run Lounge is an always popular spot for adults to gather and exchange a story, enjoy a refreshment or a meal before heading back to the slopes or at day’s end. There is also a cozy cafeteria for the entire family to sit back and relax after enjoying the slopes.
  • Black Mountain Ski Resort also provides alternatives to skiing or snowboarding. The Edge Tube Park offers two lanes of thrills and a dedicated lift, which equal a fun day at the park for all members of the family. Also, there is Nordic Skiing on 17kms of trails, which is a favourite pastime for all age groups.
  • Nearby shopping and dining are available in the town of Rumford, as well as in the town of Bethel, only 28mi/48kms to the southeast where you will discover many lodging, shopping and dining experiences that are available.
  • If you don’t have a car and want to spend a day on the slopes, Mountain Valley Taxi service at 207-364-9900 can answer the call and get you to the slopes for about a $7.00 to $10.00 ride one-way.

At Escape2ski you’ll find out – What to know…before the snow.

On the Slopes

Off the Slopes

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1380 ft / 420 m

Base Elevation:
1000 ft / 305 m

Summit Elevation:
2380 ft / 725 m

Skiable Area:
173 acres

Average Snowfall:
140 in / 356 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 50

Beginner: 10 (20%)

Intermediate: 10 (20%)

Advanced: 26 (52%)

Expert: 4 (8%)

Terrain Parks: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: No

Adaptive Ski Programs: Limited

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Portland ME, 82mi / 132km

Nearest Major City:
Augusta ME, 55mi / 89km

Nearest Town/City:
Rumford ME, 5mi / 8km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: N/A

Direct Phone: 207-364-8977

Snow Phone: N/A

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 23 to Apr 9

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: F, Sa, Su

Operating Hours:
Fri & Sat 9:00am-9:00pm; Night Skiing Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:00pm; Sun 9:00am-4:00pm. Times are subject to change.

Night Skiing: Select Nights

Lift Ticket Prices

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 3

Trams: 0

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0


Express Six: 0

Express Quads: 0

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 0

Triples: 1

Doubles: 1

Surface Lifts: 1


Mountainside: No

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Portland Intl Jetport  (PWM)
Distance: 82 mi / 132 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Bangor Intl Airport  (BGR)
Distance: 119 mi / 192 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Event Planning

More Helpful Links

Boardwalk Inn

Hotel Rumford

Chisholm Ski Club