Where is IMI Located?

Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Information Management Institute, Inc. is actually located in Carrabassett Valley, Maine; about seven miles north of the quaint New England village of Kingfield, Maine in the western mountains of Maine. Carrabassett Valley is the home of Sugarloaf/USA - the largest ski area in Maine and one of the largest in New England. For those of you familiar with Maine geography, IMI is about 100 miles (2 hours drive) from either Portland, Maine or Bangor, Maine and is about 200 miles (four hours drive) from Boston, Montreal, or Quebec City. The area is best known for winter sports (alpine & nordic skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, etc.), but the summer season abounds with outdoor activities (golf, tennis, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing/kayaking, fall foliage watching, etc.).

IMI is located in Carrabassett Valley, Maine and the following links provide information on our area activities:

Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Assocation  - www.cvoutdoors.com

Carrabassett Valley Ski Academy  - www.gocva.com

Maine Mountain Bike Association  - www.mainemountainbike.com

Greater Franklin Development Corporation  - www.greaterfranklin.com

K2Trav's Guide to Sugarloaf  - www.k2trav.com

Maine Huts and Trails  - www.mainehuts.org

Ski Maine Association  - www.skimaine.com

Ski Museum of Maine  - www.skimuseumofmaine.org

State of Maine  - www.state.me.us

Sugarloaf/USA  - www.sugarloaf.com

Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine  - www.carrabassettvalley.org

The Stanley Museum  - www.stanleymuseum.org

University of Maine at Farmington  - www.umf.maine.edu

WSKI TV  - www.wskitv.com

The following article on Kingfield, Maine was extracted from the following web site: www.newengland.com/foliage/ourtowns.html


Most people make the trek to Kingfield, in Maine's western mountains, to go skiing at its big neighbor, Sugarloaf/USA. I can think of at least two other good reasons to visit. Named for William King, its founder and Maine's first governor, Kingfield has matured on the ski business, but it was born on lumber mills. Main Street looks as if it would be comfortable in the Old West, its clapboard stores bellying up to the road. The Herbert Hotel, a Victorian whimsy built in 1918, has been restored with a Gilded Age feeling and acts as command center in town. For dinner, cognoscenti move to One Stanley Avenue, which prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients. It is known as one of the best restaurants in the state. Kingfield has a favorite son, actually two of them. The twin Stanley brothers, of Stanley Steamer automobile fame, were born here. The Stanley Museum, in a former schoolhouse, teaches just enough about them through explanatory panels and exhibits -- two restored and running Stanley Steamer motor cars, letters, some technical knickknacks -- to make you realize what an amazing invention an automobile is. Look for the letter from the widow of F. E. Stanley, who died in a car accident in 1918, a most poignant description of love lost. But the unexpected delight is the display of photographs by Chansonetta Stanley, the brothers' beautifully named and very talented sister. Long before most women had careers -- or were photographers -- Chansonetta captured in black-and-white photos the rural world of Kingfield (and beyond). The faces of those farm girls pictured 100 years ago look as fresh as any teenager's today. For all of Kingfield's Victorian charm, its 20th-century ski aura, and its famous Stanley brothers, it's Chansonetta's story that stays with me on the long drive home.

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