Today’s Fast-Moving Storm Will Create Optimal Winter Recreation Snow Conditions
February 7, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that today’s storm will cover all of Maine’s alpine and Nordic ski centers, as well as create prime snowmobile riding conditions.
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows there is very little snow along the coast with progressively more snow in northern regions and some areas in Aroostook County totaling more than two feet. The totals statewide will soon change after today’s storm.
|Great skiing conditions at Sunday River.|
With February being the snowiest month in Maine, the ski industry reports that they are off to a good start. “Now is a great time to plan your February vacation in Maine with plenty of great deals to take advantage of,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser.
Skiers can kick off the weekend a little early on Thursday with Black Mountain of Maine‘s Free Ski Night sponsored by US Cellular, followed by their WinterFest Weekend.
Saturday is a busy day within Maine’s ski centers. Lost Valley will continue their Super Saturday deals with $49 lift tickets, rentals and snow tubing fun, and Sugarloaf is gearing up for their day-long annual Fat Tire Race. The annual Partner Alpine Race will take place at Mt. Abram and the KVAC Conference Championship Alpine Race will be hosted by Titcomb. Relax after a long day on the slopes at Shawnee Peak‘s movie night, featuring LEAP!.
The conditions of Maine’s snowmobile trails will soon be exceptional. “Dropping 10 inches of new snow on top of the hard base will make for spectacular riding as we head into the best time of the season,” said Bob Meyers, MSA executive director. “February is also a month with many events throughout the state, so there’s plenty to do when you’re out riding and enjoying your snowmobile adventure.”
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily. Katahdin’s trails are in great condition as they prepare for the upcoming Winterfest. Madawaska is an area of interest again this week, with well-groomed trails, a solid base and new snow falling almost daily. For adventurous snowmobilers, consider an off-trail riding experience to the abandoned logging trains on Eagle Lake in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Outfitters in the Shin Pond area can help map the route.
On Saturday, the Mexico Trailblazers and Poodunck Snowmobile Club of Dixfield will host the Annual Blessing of the Sleds at Mountain Valley Middle School featuring hot food, raffle items and an antique snowmobile display. On both Saturday and Sunday, the 17th Annual Sno-Cross Races will take place. The event will be held by the Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile Club at their clubhouse, Town Farm Road off Route 2 in Lincoln.
For those looking for something different for weekend plans, Bar Harbor’s Acadia Winter Festival will celebrate the season with winter activities, a bird tour, food and music, storytelling and more. A Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Snowshoe Hike at Riverlands State Park in Turner will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m., and on Snow Pond in Sidney, the Maine Pond Hockey Classic will take place from Friday through Sunday. Ice fishing tournament season is also upon us, some with prize money awarded to winners.
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.