Dinner and a Downhill


Whatcha doin’ for dinner Friday night? Sam Hayward, James Beard award-winning chef at Portland’s Fore Street, is taking a road trip to Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Nah, he’s not skiing at the ‘loaf; he’s volunteered to prepare a five-course fund-raising dinner at the newly opened Poplar Stream hut, the first in the new Maine Huts & Trails network.

For $250, you get to work up an appetite by hiking, skiing, or snowshowing about 2.5 uphill miles into the snowy Maine wilds , bed down (don’t forget your sleeping bag) in one of the four- to 12-bunk dorms, and savor both that five-course dinner–with wine pairings–and breakfast prepared by Hayward. Space is limited. More info and the menu is posted online; for reservations, call 877-634-8824.

After returning to civilization on Saturday, mosey over to Sugarloaf to watch the U.S. Nationals, which will feature some of the best Alpine skiers in the country, fresh off the World Cup trail. See you on the Narrow Gauge trail.


  1. Hilary: I wish I had gone to this dinner. What an opportunity! I had something else going on that night but wish I had canceled my other plans.
    Next time I’m definitely going to go!