Maine’s Snow Report
February 14, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that Presidents’ Day week, and Maine’s February school vacation, is shaping up to be an exciting week with warmer temperatures, great conditions and a variety of events.
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the top half of Maine has more than 24 inches.
Skiing in Maine
“Be sure to take advantage of special holiday hours and an exciting lineup of events at many of Maine’s ski centers this coming week,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser.
Tomorrow, Black Mountain of Maine will kick off vacation week with a Free Ski & Ride Night sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. Next week during school vacation week, they will be open daily and have a week packed with family-fun events.
It’s College Night at Shawnee Peak this Friday, and next week on the schedule are fireworks, a Ride & Ski Après Party and more. On Sunday, Mt. Abram marks the start of the holiday week with a torchlight parade and the Maine Principal Association’s Alpine Ski Championships.
Sunday River and Sugarloaf calendars are both full this coming week, including dinner with Eddy the Yeti on Monday at Sunday River and the 36th Annual McKay-Waddle Race at Sugarloaf. On Wednesday, the River Nugget Jam will take place at Sunday River and Sugarloaf will host the Moonlight Climb.
“Warmer temperatures expected for next week will do little to impact snowmobile trails’ solid base,” said Bob Meyers, MSA executive director. “Trails are flat and fast and ready for the upcoming long weekend and vacation week!”
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily. This week, trails of special interest may include: the Allagash with a lot of snow heading west on ITS-92; Jackman with new informational kiosks installed at critical trail junctions; the ITS-85 on the old railbed between Newport and Dover for a great leisure trip; and Saint John Valley with incredible views at both sides of the border at the overlook in Frenchville.
On Saturday, Rangeley will host a World Record Snowmobile Ride for Cystic Fibrosis with events based at Bald Mountain Camps. This effort to break the world record for largest snowmobile ride gets closer each year. There will also be a barbeque, music, live and silent auction, Caribbean costume judging and fireworks.
More Maine Winter Fun
The Katahdin Area Winterfest will provide a week of events including an antique sled parade and bonfire in Millinocket and a Family Fun Day at the East Branch Sno-Rovers with games like human curling. For additional snowmobile-related events, click here.
For more winter fun, the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Winter Carnival will take place this Saturday featuring a kids’ fishing derby and a snowshoe race, and on Sunday, Rangeley will host their annual Winterpaloozah! with horse and wagon rides, ice skating, pond hockey, snow castles, a campfire and marshmallow roast, and more. For those battling winter blues, Freeport’s 11th Annual Flavors of Freeport will take place throughout the weekend. Eat your way through town with chocolate factory tours, a lobster brunch, and free tastings and demonstrations.
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.
Maine’s leaf bearing trees will show off their array of fall colors in the upcoming weeks.