Mount Abram Ski Getaways

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It's not easy living in the shadow of a bigger and more well-known neighbor, but Mt. Abram dubbed "A Little Gem" by Ski Magazine, has managed to do just fine.

With Sunday River just up the road, Mt. Abram has sometimes had a rough go of it. But the management of the past several years has carved out a niche for this fine small mountain by focusing on families from away and locally who prefer a more intimate experience.

Two base lodges (both on the same side of the mountain and connected by a shuttle), one of which houses the learning center, day care, a full-fledged snowsports school and well-stocked rental shop, a restaurant and bar provide the core amenities. Fourty-four trails and a permanent half pipe provide the on-slope fun.

Terrain varies from the gentle slopes of Mahoosuc Meadow, Hay Road, and Skyline Drive to the steeps of Lower Rocky's Run, Upper/Lower Fractured Fairy Tales, and Boris Badenov. In between intermediates will find no less than 19 trails devoted to them, another reason why Mt. Abram is popular with families.

Up-to-date snowmaking and grooming, a respectable continuous vertical drop of 1150', and night operations a couple of times a week, simply add to Abram's appeal. Add to that proximity to many of the same dining and lodging choices as Sunday River (Bethel is just five miles away) and SR's shadow doesn't seem to loom quite so large. Bonus point: an excellent view of Mount Washington and a number of lakes in both New Hampshire and Maine.