Documentary highlights the history and importance of Maine’s small skiing mountains

Joel Osgood, a Maine filmmaker, released 1000 Feet & Below in January of this year. Earlier this month, the movie received three awards from the Maine Outdoor Film Festival, including Best Film of Festival.

The film highlights a number of Maine’s small mountains and they contribution to the sport. Some of the mountains are community-funded and rely on volunteer work.

As explained by Scott Andrews, a historian at the Maine Ski Museum, the demise of the small mountains was attributed to the industry was being overbuilt and the ability for families to travel farther to ski.

The movie will be shown next week at DiMillo’s on the Water in Portland during a Ski Maine Association event supporting Portland’s Payson Park, a urban terrain park in the city.

As for skiing season, Ski Maine’s conditions tracker says that most mountains are “opening soon.” When the season starts up, make sure to make the short trip to your local short mountain.