February Vacation Week Brings Warm Temperatures
February 21, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that warm temperatures this weekend will provide a great opportunity for families celebrating school vacation week to get outside and enjoy the mild winter weather.
|Happy skier during school|
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that, despite the warmer temperatures, northern Maine still has more than two feet of snow.
“February vacation week is in full swing at ski resorts and Nordic ski centers across Maine,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser. “Deep snow and warmer temperatures make this a great week to hit the slopes and trails. There are still great deals on lodging and lift tickets in many locations.”
Tomorrow, Shawnee Peak will host Family Fun Day, and later this weekend they will offer a new event for the mountain, Bubble Soccer. Fat bike races will be held at Mt. Abram on Thursday and at Titcomb on Saturday. Mt. Abram continues the fun for the remainder of the week with Abram Games, and Titcomb will offer free skiing from 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Lost Valley will continue their Super Saturday savings event.
Sugarloaf’s vacation-week highlights include family game night on Wednesday, the High Flying Frisbee Dog Show and a Bullwinkle’s dinner featuring Maine Beer Company.
Sunday River also brings a week full of excitement; skiing and snowboarding for the whole family, dinner with Eddy the Yeti on Thursday, Laser Tag on Friday and the 3D Air & Après Show on Saturday afternoon.
“Despite the warmer temperatures this week, thanks to the fantastic work of Maine’s trail groomers there is still a solid base on snowmobile trails throughout many areas,” said Bob Meyers, MSA executive director. “There’s also a more winter-like weather pattern in the forecast for this coming weekend. Keep in mind that in many areas of Maine it snows just about every day during the winter!”
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily, so be sure to check on the trails where you plan to ride. For those setting out this weekend, consider a ride to Quill Hill in Rangeley. From the top, there are panoramic views of Maine’s lakes and mountains region and picnic tables for a lunch stop.
Winter fun continues this weekend at Katahdin Area Winterfest, and OOB 365 Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend with a sledding party on Friday evening, and a lineup of family-fun activities all weekend.
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.