Skiing at Paoli Peaks is a great place for a beginner. They advertise that 25% of the runs are beginner and 55% are intermediate. With all this beginner space, there is a much more gradual increase in skills. You can certainly work your way up to the more experienced levels very quickly.
There is a huge lodge with rentals, food, bathrooms and all that jazz. But, I would not recommend eating at the peaks as food at ski resorts can be quite expensive and not always the highest quality. A better bet would be to explore the local area come lunch time.
Another great attraction of the area is French Lick Casino. While I am not a big fan of gambling, it can be fun just to pretend to be a high roller for the evening. Z and I went with friends a few months ago, and even though I only played $10 I was entertained for a few hours just watching the novelty of it all.
French Lick boasts of “Beaux Arts architectural style, an eclectic Neoclassical style known for its grandiosity and ornate masonry work” – and I have to say, I was impressed with the elegance of the building and the atmosphere in general.
Check out my time-lapses from Paoli Peaks:
- My Own Private Whiteface (theskidiva.com)
- Skiing in the City (kimkircher.com)
- Fifty ski lift passenger rescued (autonetinsurance.co.uk)
- Maine ski areas give out free skiing lessons (cbsnews.com)