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Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Posted: November 24, 2015

Skiing: Family-friendly King Pine Ski Area has snow guns blasting for opening day

King Pine Ski Area in nearby East Madison, NH is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, affordability, and consistent snow conditions. For many folks across New England, King Pine Ski Area has become very much part of the family tradition.

King Pine, part of Purity Spring Resort, is set to open for the season on Friday, December 11, 2015. Snow guns will be running all through the cold nights ahead to prepare for the big opening day, with skiing on at least a handful of trails expected at that time.

King Pine Ski Area has its snow guns blasting for opening day, set for Dec 11. Photo courtesy King Pine Ski Area.

King Pine Ski Area has its snow guns blasting for opening day, set for Dec 11. Photo courtesy King Pine Ski Area.

King Pine Ski Area is a complete winter recreation destination, where guests have access to a wide variety of activities, enough to keep everyone in the family entertained throughout their stay. Fun activities range from downhill skiing and snowboarding on a nice mix of trails to snow tubing and ice skating to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There are also horse-drawn sleigh rides and an indoor Pool and fitness center.

“We’re delighted to announce that King Pine is opening for the 2015/16 season on Friday December 11,” said Bob Hoyt, co-owner and President of Purity Spring Resort. “We anticipate yet another great season on the slopes.”

King Pine has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family for five generations.

Downhill fun awaits, plus so much more, at King Pine Ski Area. Photo courtesy King Pine Ski Area.

Downhill fun awaits, plus so much more, at King Pine Ski Area. Photo courtesy King Pine Ski Area.

To make it ever more affordable for families on a budget, King Pine is offering $20 lift tickets on opening day as well as running a canned food drive. Guests who donate a non-perishable food item(s) on opening day will receive $1 off for each item received ($5 discount per person max). Donations will go to the local food pantries for the holiday season. Non-perishable food items will be collected all weekend.

King Pine’s dedication to family fun means that it has become a “can’t miss” experience for winter fun for outdoor lovers from around the region. From the family-friendly dining and lodging to the stunning mountain surroundings, King Pine continues to be an outstanding New England winter venue and a complete destination for families for a day, weekend or longer getaway.

King Pine Ski Area is located a little less than an hour and a half from Portland, an easy and scenic drive across ME 25. Go to www.kingpine.com for more information on ticket and pass information, trail conditions, winter programs and more.

King Pine Ski Area has winter fun for the entire family. Photo courtesy King Pine Ski Area.

King Pine Ski Area has winter fun for the entire family. Photo courtesy King Pine Ski Area.

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