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Sunday River Skiing, Maine

Last weekend prior to the latest Nor’easter, my friend Rebekah and I flew to Maine to hang out in her family’s ski condo and celebrate our birthdays! Her birthday is the week before mine so she likes to get away around her birthday just like me. A few years ago we went to Napa and Sonoma and this year we went skiing.

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I have not skied in 2 years at least so I was a bit nervous about keeping up with Rebekah and Kristin (her friend  from Massachusetts, that also went to wine country with us). They both are very experienced skiers while I would call myself mediocre.

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My photos from this trip make it look like we did more drinking than skiing but that was because it was way to cold to whip out my camera on the slopes. The temperatures never got above 20 degrees (-7 Celsius) and the wind was whipping. The condo was ski in/out which made for moving around the mountain and taking a break to warm up very easy!

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On our first day on the slopes  at Sunday River Ski Resort only 2 ski lifts out of 15 were open due to high winds. That day we stayed out for about 3 hours before we were frozen. So we had some cocktails! It was St. Patrick’s Day so technically we should have been drinking green beer or Guinness but I don’t like either of those things so I had a martini with green olives- that counts, right?

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Day 2 was so much more pleasant. There was still cold and wind but all the lifts were open and making the slopes so much less crowded because we could spread out on the mountain. It was a magnificent day to ski! And I was getting better so I could keep up.

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Although when they wanted to do some black diamond runs I met took a blue (intermediate) route and met them at the bottom. We had beer and chili for lunch at one of the lodges at Shipyard Brewery Restaurant for some warmth.

My favorite food experience on this trip was on one of our trips into Bethel, Maine- the nearby town with bunches of cute shops and restaurants. I had a fantastic lobster roll last time I was in town at the Sudbury Inn.

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This time we went for dinner to a new restaurant recommended by the ski rental guys called Harvest Bar Eatery and Alehouse. The star were these crazy little dates stuffed with apricot goat cheese and topped with a bit of jalapenos. So interesting and delicious.

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And of course, beer! The best beer I had on this trip was here too. It was called Lunch by Maine Beer Company. It is a light, not too hoppy pale ale and one I will be searching for again.

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I had a fun time skiing at Sunday River. The mountain is not too big that it is annoying to get around but isn’t too small to get stuck with loads of other people. I would love to come back and improve my ski skills someday!

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