March 22, 2017 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with the Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that despite the official start of spring on Monday, winter snow conditions continue to satisfy winter recreation.
|Off to a great spring skiing season at Sugarloaf. Click on the image above or the link below to access downloable Maine winter images and video.|
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) snow depth map shows at least three-quarters of the state, particularly in Aroostook County and the western lakes and mountains region, still have more than two feet of snow.
The spring ski season is now underway with both downhill and cross-country ski centers reaping the benefits of a snowy winter. Greg Sweetser, executive director of Ski Maine, reports, “a fabulous end to March, with snow depths again reaching three feet in the mountains.”
This morning, Sugarloaf is reporting six inches of new snow on the mountain with two inches at the base, and incredible conditions continuing from last week’s big storm. With 132 trails open at Sunday River, the resort is preparing for a busy spring skiing season throughout April. For Nordic skiers, the snow stake at Maine Huts & Trails is measuring three feet two inches on the trail midway between Poplar Stream and Flagstaff Lake huts.
“With spring now upon us and warmer weather to come, snowmobile trail conditions continue to be great in many areas of the state,” said Maine Snowmobile Association’s executive director, Bob Meyers. “The combination of colder nighttime temperatures and the sporadic snow squalls in the woods and mountains will keep the snowmobiling season rolling along nicely.”
Meyers cautions snowmobile riders to be alert for water holes and bare or icy corners, and to check trail conditions locally before heading out. The conditions are updated daily with information from snowmobile clubs across the state. Trails throughout Jackman, Rangeley, Brownville and the Katahdin region continue to be noteworthy.
“Last week’s fresh snow and this week’s colder temperatures have done a great job preserving the base in preparation for getting outside and enjoying the trails on these longer spring days,” said Phil Savignano, senior tourism officer of the Maine Office of Tourism.
On Saturday, Shawnee Peak will host an Ice Coast Challenge and will offer a course that combines inspiration from both snowboards and surfboards. From Saturday through Tuesday of next week, Sugarloaf will host the US National Alpine Championships. On Sunday, celebrate Maine Maple Sunday by visiting maple producers throughout the state for special tastings and events. Snowmobilers should consider kicking off the day with a pancake breakfast with all the fixings held by the Anson-North Anson Snowmobile Club at the Garret Schenck School in Anson.
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 Maine winter images and video.
Maine’s leaf bearing trees will show off their array of fall colors in the upcoming weeks.