Camden (Maine) Snow Bowl
Camden Snow Bowl
The ice-filled wooden chute here dates to the mid-1930s, though the latest incarnation was built in 1990 and stands as the only toboggan track in New England. But the 400-foot ride with a 70-foot drop is anything but old-fashioned. "Toboggans reach speeds of nearly 40 miles an hour at the bottom of the chute," said Jeff Kuller, general manager, who notes the 42-inch minimum height requirement for riders. The run finishes with toboggans ejected onto a pond and requires a hike back uphill to go again. Call to make sure the weather-dependent chute is open. If watching is more your speed, join the thousands of spectators at the 20th annual US National Toboggan Championships (Feb. 5-7). What started as a lark has grown into an event with 400 teams in several divisions. Tubing, skiing, pond skating, and snowshoeing are also offered onsite. Hosmer Pond Road, 207-236-3438 (office), -4418 (conditions), camdensnowbowl.com, toboggan chute 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends and holidays from about mid-January to February, $5 person/hour, including toboggan if needed.