March 15, 2017 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with the Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports the recent snowfall will ensure winter activities continue through at least March, with more snow expected to fall this weekend.
|Snowmobiles with Mount Kineo in the background. 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 most of the state covered with more than two feet of snow, while coastal amounts range from ten to twenty inches.
On the skiing front, trails are being groomed and maintained as a result of yesterday’s storm. “March is the month of snow and sunshine at Maine ski areas. Storm Stella has excited our downhill and cross-country skiers for another weekend of great conditions across the entire state,” said Greg Sweetser, executive director of the Ski Maine Association. “We’ve been buried from Fort Kent to Kittery from this storm.”
Snowmobilers can look forward to spring riding as groomers will be out on trails across the state in the next few days. The Maine Snowmobile Association’s executive director, Bob Meyers, said, “The winter of 2016 – 2017 just keeps getting better! We’ll be busy updating trail conditions every day with reports from clubs across the state.”
Rental agencies across the state have the machines and gear needed to enjoy Maine’s world-class trails for those without their own equipment.
This weekend, Sugarloaf will host a Spring Demo Day where skiers and snowboarders will have the opportunity to be the first to try out all next year’s gear. Spring is also in the air at Shawnee Peak where the 33rd Annual Spring Fling promises fun, music and lots of laughs to celebrate the beginning of spring. The Norridgewock Sportsmen Association will host the fifth annual BBQ on the Trail this Saturday at the Oosoola Store, ITS 87. Come by sled or vehicle for a free lunch (donations only).
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.