March 8, 2017 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports mid-winter-like conditions thanks to the hard work and efforts of the ski mountains and trail groomers taking full advantage of the colder temperatures early in the week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) snow depth map shows parts of the state, from the western mountains up to Aroostook County, still having one to two feet of snow. Due to some warmer temperatures and occasional rain, the snow depths in other regions of the state have decreased since last week.
|Sunday River skiing conditions. Click on the image above or the link below to access downloable Maine winter images and video.|
According to Ski Maine, the roller coaster of temperatures we experienced last week has kept skiers guessing whether to bundle up or put on sunscreen. Snowmakers have been working around the clock during the cold snaps to take full advantage of these winter days as spring creeps near.
Ski Maine's Executive Director, Greg Sweetser, says, "The overall snow depths are still being measured in feet at Maine ski areas, ensuring plenty of skiing and riding to be had throughout March."
The Maine Office of Tourism's Senior Tourism Officer, Phil Savignano, reports that the hard-packed trail conditions make for great adventure. "Bundle up, put grippers on your hiking boots and take a hike in one of our beautiful state parks," suggests Savignano.
Snowmobilers can look forward to good riding conditions and continued trail grooming and repair despite the warmer temperatures in some parts of the state. The Maine Snowmobile Association's Executive Director, Bob Meyers, says, "The fat lady is far from singing and this unpredictable, but excellent winter is far from over." Meyers also cautions riders to be aware of washouts and waterholes on some trails, but is optimistic that Maine's hardworking groomers paired with the colder temperatures and possible snowfall next week will keep trails in good condition.
For riders looking for a new place for an adventure, Whitehouse Landing Camps invites all outdoor enthusiasts to their remote, off-the-grid wilderness camp. Come for a meal and enjoy the direct trail access in the Katahdin region.
The ice fishing season is not yet over. Reports show that ice conditions are still good for fishing on Moosehead Lake.
This weekend the World Pro Ski Tour kicks off at Sunday River. Spectators can watch Olympic, World Cup, and NCAA skiers compete in this dual alpine race with the venue providing excellent viewing options. Music lovers can head to Big Squaw Mountain for the first annual Squaw Summit Music Festival with the Mallett Brothers Band, where there will be plenty of live music and skiing all weekend long. Black Mountain is hosting a Free Ski Night on Friday and a Winter Fun Day on Saturday to raise money for the Dempsey Challenge. This weekend is also the last chance to take advantage of Maine Restaurant Week.
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.
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