Can you identify this pretty peak?
Photograph by Darylann Leonard
As the sun completes its vibrant descent toward the western horizon, the 19 illuminated trails at this western Maine ski area emit a warm, early-evening glow. Situated on the northern side of a 2,009-foot mountain (and by a pond named for the official state animal), this peak has just entered its 76th year of business, making it the longest-operating ski resort in Maine. Not a skier? Not to worry. Each winter, the surrounding town also plays host to the world championships of the schoolyard game four square, a competition that celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. And when spring mud gives way to summer warmth, a 66-acre park downtown offers peaceful exploration of woods, wetlands, brooks, and fields. At night, settle in with a bucket of popcorn at this community’s independent movie theater, where admission for its inaugural screening in 1929 cost a scant 35 cents — and where Stephen King joined an auditorium full of thrill-seekers for a premiere of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in 1980.
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