PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Ski Maine Association is making first tracks with their promotional program designed to get people skiing locally this year.
Ski Maine is trying to move traffic to local areas in order to build the skiing population. New and younger skiers often start on local hills and then seek out the bigger areas looking for bigger challenges.
"There are one dozen community areas in the State of Maine that make skiing very affordable, very accessible," said Greg Sweetser of the Ski Maine Association.
Maine's smaller areas are trying new things to attract local skiers. They can't over the vertical footage as such areas as Sugarloaf, Saddleback and Sunday River, but they can offer glades and terrain parks. These can help bring kids to their areas for a day of skiing.
In order to encourage people to travel to different parts of Maine, Ski Maine is offering a Mountain Pass which contains a ticket or tickets to every ski area in the state. These ticket books help fund the Ski Maine Association.
Ski Maine also offers a Peak to Peak Challenge. Their website has an on-line form which can be downloaded. Skiers who ski six different areas in one year receive a Peak to Peak pin.