Busy Week Ahead: January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month and is's Free Snowmobile Weekend
January 24, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that special programs surrounding Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Free Snowmobile Weekend will make for an exciting winter weekend.
|Snowmobilers take in the view in Bingham. Click on the image above for more Maine winter photos.|
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) snow depth map shows that more than half of the state has more than 12 to 14 inches.
“This weekend will be a great one to get out on the slopes and trails,” said Ski Maine’s executive director, Greg Sweetser. “Many of Ski Maine’s members are offering programs and events to help introduce you to skiing and snowboarding as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.”
To kick off the weekend, Rumford’s Black Mountain of Maine will continue their Freestyle Free Clinics and Lost Valley will host Auburn’s WinterFest complete with torchlight parade, bonfire and fireworks on Friday.
Saturday is shaping up to be a busy and exciting day with events taking place in many of the ski centers. Shawnee Peak in Bridgton welcomes back Pamela Marshall to lead a 45-minute yoga class to prepare people for a full day on the slopes, college ski racing returns to Titcomb Mountain with the UMaine Farmington Carnival and the Quarry Road Trails in Waterville will host a Community Ski Free Day. Also on Saturday, Maine Beer Company and Chef Harding Lee Smith will provide an intimate dinner at the mid-mountain Peak Lodge at Sunday River. Sugarloaf’s Charity Summit, raising money for the cancer community, will also take place.
On the snowmobile front, the base is holding up well in many areas and excellent conditions are being reported. Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily, so be sure to take a look when planning your route.
“Free Snowmobile Weekend takes place this Friday through Sunday,” said MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers. “Any sled that is legally registered in any state or province can enjoy Maine’s incredible trails at no charge. Once you give it a try, you’ll be back for more. Be safe and we look forward to seeing you out on the trails!”
On Sunday, bundle up for Caribou Snowmobile Club’s Snow Drag Racing held at the Van Buren Road (Route 1) location just north of Caribou. General admission is $5 with free parking, and there will be food and beverages available. There will also be a breakfast fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Madawaska (KC Trail) from 7 to 10 a.m. to benefit the Madawaska Snowmobile Club Trail Fund. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.
Excellent conditions are being reported near Katahdin near Millinocket Lake towards the New England Outdoor Center, Bingham near the wind towers, Charleston, and Roxbury with the newly rerouted ITS Connector 117 between Mexico and Rangeley. Exeter also has great conditions, and Meyers urges riders to stay on the marked trail when crossing farmlands to avoid damaging crops.
The Maine Office of Tourism’s Senior Tourism Officer Phil Savignano said, “For active winter lovers that want to try something other than downhill skiing and snowmobiling, Auburn’s WinterFest Snowshoe Hike will take place at Mt. Apatite on Saturday. Cross-country skiers can find a list of some of the state’s best trails in this DownEast article. Enjoy!”
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 Winter Images