On October 21st, it was announced that Boyne Resorts had made a successful purchase of locally owned Shawnee Peak in Bridgeton, ME. Shawnee has been locally owned and operated for 27 years by the Homer family, and according to the New England Ski Museum, is the oldest continuously operated ski resort in Maine at 84 years.
Founded in 1947, Boyne Resorts is the third largest mountain resort company in North America. Headquartered in northern Michigan, Boyne employees over 11,000 individuals across the northern hemisphere with properties from British Columbia to Maine! They are best known locally in New England as being the stewards of popular destinations like Loon Mountain and both Sugarloaf and Sunday River.
Shawnee Peak is 18 miles East of popular skiing destination, North Conway, NH, and is just less than an hour to Portland, ME. The accessibility to the mountain has always made it a popular choice for skiers and riders, but they are also well known for their night skiing which is the largest in New England. Shawnee overall has 225 skiable acres serviced by four chairlifts that overlook the very scenic Moose Pond.
Commenting on the sale Chet Homer called the decision “very bittersweet”. He went on to address the public via the Shawnee Facebook page saying that: “My family is so lucky to have built such great friendships with employees and pass-holders, many whom have been loyal supporters of Shawnee Peak for all 27 years and then some. Thank you all,”
Now according to Boyne, the transition is set to take place immediately, with all Shawnee Peak team members and employees being retained under Boyne Resorts ownership. Furthermore, all season-passes and pre-ordered tickets are to be honored with the same access and benefits included at the time of purchase. This is great news for the local economy, knowing that a large company like Boyne is going to pump more resources into the mountain and the surrounding area.
Overall, this should be seen as a HUGE win for locals in the area from Bridgeton to North Conway and even to Portland and the Seacoast. Now with Shawnee Peak being apart of the Boyne family, locals can ski all over the U.S. including big names like Big Sky Resort, MT and Brighton Resort, UT. But furthermore, that Shawnee ski pass that many would have bought anyway, now gets you access to the very best of Maine in Sugarloaf and Sunday River!