March 1, 2017 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports last month's snowfall has created exceptional trail conditions moving into March as longer days and spring events draw near.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the western lakes and mountains region of the state still has two or more feet of snow. Due to recent warmer temperatures and occasional rain, the snow depths in many other regions of the state have decreased since last week.
|Sugarloaf skiing conditions. Click on the image above or the link below to access downloable Maine winter images and video.|
According to Ski Maine, February was one of the best ski months in years. "An average of five feet of new snow fell across the state," said Greg Sweetser, executive director of Ski Maine. One hundred percent of ski and snowshoe trails were open throughout February school vacation, most with exceptional trail conditions.
"The four feet of snow Sunday River saw last month, combined with what the resort was able to do with mid-season snowmaking, allowed for an incredible base and wall-to-wall snow coverage across eight peaks throughout vacation week and as we head into March," said director of communications for Sunday River Resort, Darcy Lambert.
Cross-country skiers have experienced a week of warm skiing conditions, and groomers will continue working on the trails as temperatures warm and conditions allow. Current conditions at Maine Huts & Trails are ideal for fat tire bikers.
For snowmobilers, the base continues to hold firm in northern regions of the state and groomers have been busy preparing trails for the colder temperatures in this weekend's forecast. The Maine Snowmobile Association's Executive Director Bob Meyers cautions riders about water holes, but is optimistic March will provide some of the best riding of the year.
Some trails of particular interest this week include Crouseville, with plenty of snow on the trestle over the Aroostook River. Jackman's trails are holding up well, but riders should dress warmly with anticipated single-digit temperatures this weekend. On Saturday, the Log Driver's Cookout hosted by Big Valley Sno Club of Island Falls will take place and feature bean-hole beans, homemade doughnuts and biscuits.
For families looking forward to weekend plans, WinterKids will host Family Days at Shawnee Peak and Camden Snow Bowl, and a Downhill 24 event at Sugarloaf. For foodies, Maine Restaurant Week kicks off today. This 12-day event provides opportunities to explore Maine's restaurants, treats, culinary events, and hotel specials and offers.
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.
Maine’s leaf bearing trees will show off their array of fall colors in the upcoming weeks.