February 22, 2017 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that warmer temperatures after last week's storms have created a solid base for Maine's outdoor winter recreation during February school vacation week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the majority of Maine still has more than two feet of snow, despite the warmer temperatures expected to last throughout the week and into the weekend.
|Trail groomer on Coburn Mountain. Click on the image above or the link below to access downloable Maine winter images and video.|
In the midst of February school vacation, Maine's downhill ski centers' employees across the state are all hands on deck grooming the trails for the large vacation crowds that are enjoying the slopes this week. Sunday River is producing great corduroy and reporting excellent trail conditions, and Sugarloaf is boasting the best conditions of the year providing a perfect opportunity for a family ski getaway. On Thursday, Shawnee Peak is hosting a Family Fun Day, and this weekend, Lost Valley is ramping up for the Maine Ski Challenge.
The cross-country ski areas continue to boast an epic winter with Nordic centers fully open and groomed, many also renting snowshoes and fat tire bikes.
The snow that has gradually started to melt from last week's storms is creating a stronger base for snowmobile trails, and the milder weather this week will make for very comfortable rides. For riders looking for trails to take on this week, the 85-N trail near the Eagle Lake area and the trail by Coburn Mountain, the highest point riders can reach by snowmobile in Maine, are of particular interest with exceptional trail conditions.
For winter enthusiasts looking forward to the weekend, on Saturday, East Branch Sno-Rovers will host Kids Day in Medway, including sliding, games like tug of war and on-land canoe races, and treats. On Sunday, the Seacoast Classic ski race will take place at the Camden Snow Bowl.
The snow reports, released each Wednesday throughout the season, will be posted on VisitMaine.com, where visitors can also find information about other winter activities and events. People enjoying the Maine winter are encouraged to share their photos on social media using #MaineWinter.
Editor's Note: Click on the image above or the link below to access a Dropbox folder of downloadable Maine winter images and video.