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Maine's Peak Experience

Outdoor Adventurer

Barry Tripp

Barry Tripp typifies the Maine outdoor sports enthusiast. A longtime Mainer, he’s passionate about the diverse activities Maine’s sprawling geography has to offer, from snowboarding to golfing to fishing. Once the snowboard program manager at the renowned Carrabassett Valley Academy, Barry now owns the Ocean Tripp Inn, and offers surf camps and lessons.


Whenever I tell someone I'm from Maine they always look at me with a sort of awe. I think people have an instinctual desire to discover a place where their passions can roam free. Whether you want to lounge on the beach under an umbrella, or hit the fresh powder after a Nor'easter, Maine has it all.

While winter for some means a warm fire and a good book, I opt out for a more athletic celebration of the cold weather. The first time I went snowboarding at Sugarloaf, I was 3, and I'm pretty sure I rode right into a bush. From that moment, I was hooked. And every time I ride the lift it still takes my breath away. Trees stretch beyond where your eyes can see and mountains spike and roll all around you. There's nothing in this world that can compare to the feeling of just being free. Going straight down a mountain with no restraints. Maine's peaks offer such interesting and diverse terrain. After years of boarding I still discover new glades – untouched gaps among the trees off the wide, groomed trails. These areas of pristine beauty are full of young saplings and sparkling snow, marred only by the footprints of tiny scurrying animals. Sometimes I'll head to the terrain park, where I can fly off a jump with weightless ease, a rush that almost eliminates the concern of ever having to land. Maine has some great parks and pipes. At Sugarloaf, you can watch the kids from CVA pull tricks, or try your hand at a rail. Sunday River is also one of my favorite ski areas. Although, I am a Carrabassett Valley boy at heart.

After a long day on the slopes I always head to The Rack right off Sugarloaf's gravel access road. Co-owned by Olympic gold medal winner and Maine native, Seth Wescott, it's the perfect place for a frothy local brew and a meal fit for a king. The warm, cozy atmosphere welcomes locals and travelers alike, and ski boots and goggles are considered acceptable attire.

Maine has so much to offer. From the slopes in the winter to the waterways, sand and hiking trails in the warmer seasons. I really can't describe Maine's true beauty. It's just a feeling. And once you have it, it never goes away.

Editor's Notes

Sugarloaf Mountain is Maine’s second tallest peak and the largest ski resort East of the Mississippi. It’s home to the only lift-serviced, above tree line skiing in the Northeast. Sugarloaf also boasts great walking trails and one of New England’s premier golf courses.

CVA, or Carrabassett Valley Academy, is one of the Nation’s premier ski and snowboard schools. CVA boasts 80 national titles, 11 Olympians, 10 X-Games competitors, and 6 world champions.

Sunday River is Maine’s second largest ski resort. It boasts 8 peaks and miles of trails for the casual or extreme skier/boarder. In the warmer seasons, Sunday River has golf, zip lines and a bike park.

The Rack was voted one of the best bars in the Northeast by Outside Magazine.