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Thursday's Nor'easter Expected to Drop More than a Foot on Much of Maine

January 3, 2017 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports plenty of snow in much of the state providing an opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy winter recreation.

Snowmobiles on Cadillac Mountain
Snowmobilers take in the view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Click on the image above for more Maine winter photos. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the majority of Maine has between 14 and 20 inches of snow. WMTW's recent post reported that a blizzard warning has been issued for the amount of snow expected to fall tomorrow, which will also be accompanied by strong winds.

"With upwards of a foot of snow predicted for Maine by the end of the week, conditions will be epic this weekend at all Maine alpine and Nordic centers," said Ski Maine's executive director, Greg Sweetser.

College weeks are in full swing at Sunday River and Sugarloaf, with both resorts celebrating Children's Festival next week. Shawnee Peak will host their popular New England Ski Day on Friday, with reduced ticket prices for anyone that lives in New England. Lost Valley will host the Skier's Edge Sunday Race Series on January 7, a multi-week race for skiers and riders of all ages. Enjoy a classic ski movie at Mt. Abram's base lodge on Friday and on Sunday; the Vertical Challenge will take over the mountain for a day of races and prizes. On Friday, Black Mountain of Maine will kick off their Friday Night FreeStyle training program where The Riders Club will offer free clinics.

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, creating a great opportunity to learn the sport and take advantage of special offers on the Ski Maine website.

"It doesn't get any better than this on the snowmobile front," said MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers. "A week of teeth-chattering cold has frozen the base of the trails and that, paired with the first "Snowmageddon" storm of the season slated for tomorrow, will help the new year start off with a bang."

Snowmobilers should be sure to check trail conditions before setting out. For those up for adventure, visit Acadia National Park with parking at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. There is a 20 mph speed limit and the trails are ungroomed, but it's not often you can sit on your sled at Thunder Hole or the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

Other trails and areas of interest include: Blue Ridge in the Rockwood area on the west side of Moosehead Lake with great connections to Greenville and Jackman; Caribou, with trails being groomed daily; and Katahdin, particularly the Wild Kingdom Trail near New England Outdoor Center.

With a cold front moving in again after Thursday's storm, bundle up before going outside to enjoy the new snow.

The snow reports will be released each Wednesday throughout the season. Visitors can also find information about other winter activities and events on 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