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Snow Report Week Six

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:53

Predictions Indicate February Will Continue to Be Maine's Snowiest Month

January 31, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that typically February is Maine’s snowiest month, and long-term forecasts continue to reflect that trend.

Skiers at the top of the trail
Skiers at the top of a
Sunday River trail.

Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the majority of Aroostook County has more than 18 inches.

February is a busy time for Maine’s ski centers, especially with February school break coming up in a few weeks. “Now is the time to get your vacation plans in place and enjoy all that Maine has to offer in the winter!” said Ski Maine’s executive director, Greg Sweetser.

To celebrate the start of February, Maine’s ski centers have a variety of activities and events planned for the weekend. On Friday, Black Mountain of Maine will host a Free Ski & Ride Community Night, sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.

Saturday is shaping up to be a busy day for events throughout many regions of the state, starting with Lost Valley’s second Super Saturday with deals on lift tickets and programs. Big Squaw Mountain in Greenville will host high school racing, while Camden Snow Bowl welcomes the CamJam Freestyle Exhibition. In the evening, adults can take a snow cat to the top of Sugarloaf for the Spirits of Maine: Farm to Flask featuring Maine Craft Distillery. The second New England Ski Day and College Ski Night will take place at Shawnee Peak. All weekend at Titcomb there will be fast racing and, at Mt. Abram, the annual ULLR Fest will feature Nordic racing, snowshoeing events and a bonfire.

To enjoy the big game on Sunday, there will be Super Bowl parties at both Sugarloaf and Sunday River. Also on Sunday is the JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley.

“With the cold temperatures and snow in the forecast, we’re heading into a great month for snowmobiling with many of the trails throughout the state looking great,” said MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers. “With 85,000 snowmobile riders in Maine, be sure to ride safely and keep an eye on your group.”

Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily. A few trails and areas worth highlighting this week are the ITS from Eustis to Rangeley with a great stop for lunch, the ITS-85 in Guilford, Mars Hill, and Katahdin for panoramic views, and Lewiston with great access for the whole family.

This weekend, there is the annual fishing derby held by the Pushaw Lake Snowmobile Club in Hudson and a public breakfast put on by the Pine Tree Snowmobile Club of Milford from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

For other weekend excitement, Friday kicks off the 2018 New England Pond Hockey Festival in Rangeley and Sunday River will host the Chef Summit.

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.

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Editor’s Note: Click on the image above or the link below to access a Dropbox folder of Maine winter images. 

Maine winter images

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