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Stay and Play in Western Maine A Winter Sports Paradise By Toni Seger Mushers Bowl thrills in Bridgton. The Way Life Should Be - Bridgton, Poland, Windham Photo courtesy Five Fields Farm. “Western Maine is the way life should be,” say Bill and Linda Grady. They own Grady’s West Shore Motel on beautiful Highland Lake in Bridgton where they moved over to 20 years ago. This convenient location allows visitors to enjoy ski mountains from Bethel to North Conway, New Hampshire. Bill says if he were just learning to ski, he’d probably try snow- boarding. “There are things you can only do on a snowboard, and it sure looks like fun.” Bill loves skiing at Shawnee Peak because the grooming is exceptional. It has to be with 19 night trails. Shawnee Peak, in its 75th year of operation, offers more night skiing than any other mountain in northern New England. “You can’t see moguls when it gets dark,” says Bill, “so the grooming needs to be especially good.” Bridgton’s Winter Carnival in January is a celebration of the season with non-stop activity for three days. The Ice Fishing Derby serves as an intro- duction to the sport for young people. Freezin’ for a Reason raises money for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter when participants take a quick January dip in Highland Lake. The Musher’s Bowl in January is a series of races with distances between 2.5 and 7 miles depending on the driver’s age and how many dogs are in the team. Both the Mushers Bowl and Skijoring competitions are held at Five Fields Farm on South Bridgton Road under the leadership of Tom Gyger. “The races are very exciting. We get between 60 and 70 dog sled teams from all over the northeast. Last year, we even had skijorers from Quebec.” 8 Arts, Entertainment, Adventure and More in Western Maine
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