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Bigrock in the Summer
Bigrock in the Summer
Location Mars Hill, Maine, United States
Nearest city Presque Isle, Maine
Coordinates 46°31′20″N 67°49′40″W / 46.52222°N 67.82778°W / 46.52222; -67.82778
Top elevation 1,590 feet (480 m)
Base elevation 670 feet (200 m)
Runs 28
Lift system 3

Bigrock Ski Area is located in Mars Hill, Maine, on the western face of Mars Hill. It is one of the larger ski resorts in the State of Maine with 2 chairlifts, 26 trails, 80% snowmaking, night skiing, and almost 1000 ft of continuous vertical drop.


Most of the terrain at Bigrock is intermediate ski trails, serviced by the North Star Double Chair, a modified Mueller chairlift. The mountain is also serviced by a poma. The beginner area is serviced by the South Star Triple Chair. Of the trails, 58% are intermediate, while 30% are advanced trails, and 18% beginner trails.


Established in the 1960s, Bigrock Ski Area was purchased in 2000 by the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) through grants available from the Portland-based Libra Foundation.

MWSC added Cross-country and snowshoe trails as well as a snow-tube park. Bigrock's lodge has been expanded to include a new cafe.

Wind farm

Mars Hill Winter
Mars Hill in late winter

Mars Hill is the site of Maine's first wind farm. In the fall of 2006, 28 General Electric 1.5 megawatt wind turbines were installed along the top and northern section of the mountain, which overlooks Canada.

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