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Imagine shredding through classic Maine spruce and pine, making fresh tracks on last night’s snowstorm. The woods are still and silent but for the fast, fluid turns, and the subtle sound of skis slicing through soft snow. And at the end of the day, you return to a lovely rustic cabin in the middle of the woods and drift off to sleep next to the gentle heat of the wood stove, dreaming sweet dreams of skiing, fresh air, and endless east-coast hardcore “powder.”

If this sounds like an awesome weekend, check out the Maine Outing Club’s cabin – a two story rustic bunkhouse located a quarter mile from the Sugarloaf access road. The cabin, built by M.O.C. members in 1958, contains a wood stove, gas lamps, and 40 bunk beds for members and their guests. The cabin is available for members to use at any time, all year long as a base camp for hiking, canoeing, and, or course, skiing trips.

During each Fall semester, the club hosts its annual cabin work trip on which wood for the coming winter is collected and any needed cabin maintenance is performed. At the end of the day there is a turkey feast that always unforgettable. Cabin dues for members unable to attend the work trip are increased to $60, to do their part in helping cover the cabin’s expenses.

The cabin is truly rustic; water is drawn from a well along the pathway and there is no electricity. There is, however, propane for cooking a hot meal or for reading by the stove. And after a long day, when your bones are tired and your muscles ache, there is nothing better then to relax in the safety of the steaming hot sauna.

When you get tired and need some rest for the next day’s adventure, just climb up into the second floor, hop into your sleeping bag, and let yourself dream of skiing.