Warmer Temps to Encourage People to Enjoy Winter Recreation this Weekend
January 10, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that the warmer temperatures, in comparison to last week's cold front with negative degree temperatures and extreme wind chill, will be welcomed by those looking for winter outdoor recreation this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
|Snowboarder enjoying fresh snow. Click on the image above for more Maine winter photos.|
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) snow depth map shows almost half of Maine has more than two feet of snow, primarily in the northern region of the state, while the majority of the other half of Maine has between 18 and 24 inches of snow. Last week's storm on Thursday significantly contributed to the snowfall totals.
Maine's ski areas continue to thrive. "January's early snowfall has set up the slopes and trails perfectly for a long weekend of fun at Maine's alpine and Nordic ski centers," said Ski Maine's executive director, Greg Sweetser.
On Thursday, Mt. Abram will kick off the holiday weekend with the Rebel Without a Pause Thursday Night Rail Jam. Black Mountain of Maine continues their Friday Night FreeStyle training program with The Riders Club providing free clinics to interested participants. Families can look forward to a movie night at Shawnee Peak on Saturday, with a showing of Moana at the Alpine Sugar Haus, and for the adults at Mt. Abram, a casino night to support the Friends of Mt. Abram. This Sunday, Lost Valley will host the Fat Bike Poker Ride and Sunday River will celebrate with fireworks at South Ridge. Sugarloaf's weekend lineup ranges from a six-course dinner at Bullwinkle's to the Climb for a Cure, a benefit for the Sugarloaf Charity Summit.
"Despite the warmer weather moving in, thanks to the cold, the base of the trails is solid and ready for riding," said MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers.
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily, and snowmobile-related events are starting to take place regularly. This Saturday, there will be a Stew Night Fundraiser at the Pleasant Ridge Riders Clubhouse in Caswell from 4 - 7 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the Groomer Fund. If you are traveling to the interior of Downeast, stop in for a hot breakfast hosted by the Pine Tree Snowmobile Club in Milford from 7:30 - 11 a.m.
This week, there are many trails of interest including Katahdin's State Road and west to Moosehead and Kokadjo, and for adventurous riders, the Perimeter Road at Baxter State Park; trails throughout Lewiston and Winthrop; and excellent trail conditions in The Forks, especially the ITS-86 along the Dead River on the way to Eustis.
"We're excited about the amount of snow we've received so far this January," said Maine Office of Tourism's Senior Tourism Officer Phil Savignano. "The warmer temperatures this weekend will allow winter enthusiasts to really get out there and enjoy all of it."
For adults looking to toast to the season, Samoset's Glacier Ice Bar and sculptures are being displayed beginning at 5 p.m. this Friday and the Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest will take place this Saturday with live music, games, local beer and food.
Families with children can put on a pair of skates at WinterKids Family Day at The Rink at Thompson's Point. Southern Maine also has some great sledding hills.
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