February 23rd, 2021
Bethel: Maine’s Winter Playground
Bethel is Maine’s most beautiful mountain village.
The centerpiece of winter sports in Bethel is Sunday River, with eight mountain peaks connected by 135+ trails and glades that are accessed by 15 lifts. It’s a family-friendly place, where kids love the slope-side entertainment and snow tubing at South Ridge and teens appreciate the six terrain parks. Cross-country skiers find trails and equipment right in town at Bethel Nordic Ski Center, at the start of 30km of classic and skate tracks, through forests and across fields with views of the Mahoosuc Mountains. Miles of snowshoe and fat bike trails and a skating rink make Bethel Village a one-stop winter recreation center. Plenty of scenic trails are available, too, for those who prefer to explore the woods and fields on a snowmobile.
For rooms, dining and an après-ski scene in one place, The Sudbury Inn is a family-friendly inn with a French bistro and lively Suds Pub, featuring more than 29 beers on tap. The free Mountain Explorer shuttle takes skiers right to Sunday River and home again, so you can leave your car right at the inn.
There’s plenty of winter fun to be discovered in Bethel. To learn more, stop by the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce at Station Place in the center of town, or call (207) 824-2282.