Lost Valley - Auburn, Maine

Looking to own Maine vacation property with close proximity to a ski area but want to be out of the tourist destinations? Are you trying to get away from the "huge ski resort" feel and instead looking for something more affordable, smaller, and family-friendly? There are many rural areas just north of Lost Valley Ski area that offer great opportunities for an affordable vacation home. Plus, you're still within day trip distance to Sunday River and Mt. Abrams ski areas.

At Lost Valley ski area, you'll find a little slice of ski heaven located on Lost Valley Road in Auburn, Maine that's been family-owned and family-operated for three generations. According to its official website, "Lost Valley Ski Area was designed with the entire family in mind."

Rather than a large, fully-equipped, luxury "ski resort," Lost Valley is considered a family recreational ski area perfect for couples, families, or small groups looking to escape for some relaxed enjoyment rather than a busy, hectic, fast-paced flurry of activities.

Lost Valley ski area includes a 240-foot drop—which is considerably smaller than many of its neighboring ski areas—but still includes 15 trails for all ages and abilities: six beginner trails for first-timers, four intermediate trails for a little more excitement and challenge, and five most difficult trails for advanced skiers looking for even more of a challenge. Some of the more popular ski trails include the Bobcat and Big Buck.

Lost Valley also includes three lifts (two double chairs and a T-bar) that service all the trails in addition to Beaver Snowboard Park, as well as terrain parks, a ski school, affordable skiing rental equipment, and a cafeteria.

One of Lost Valley's big draws is that this little ski recreational area offers the ski-by-the-hour ticket, which means if you don't have the time, energy, or desire to ski the whole day—or the means to afford a full day's ticket—you can take advantage of this ticketing option to fit in a little skiing here and there, especially considering the Lost Valley ski area is only minutes from downtown Lewiston/Auburn, Maine.

After you're too tired or too cold from a day of skiing, warm up in the cozy, and friendly Lost Valley lodge. Enjoy a hot meal or some hot chocolate around the fireplace while relaxing and soaking in the brilliant scenery, gorgeous views, and skiing activity.

Snowboarding at the snowboard terrain park is a popular alternative to skiing enjoyed by locals and tourists alike at Lost Valley. And in the off season, you can also try your hand on some fantastic mountain biking trails on Lost Valley's trail system on a wooded 300-acre terrain complete with gentle hills, bridges, and streams.

Feeling a little competitive? Lost Valley also offers paintball, an adult game for the kid in you, played in a 10 to 20-acre wooded area.

If you're interested in making Lost Valley a part of your regular or annual vacationing, you might want to look into nearby real estate opportunities in places such as Turner, Monmouth, and Leeds. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

If you have more questions about Lost Valley ski area, visit them at www.lostvalleyski.com.