Maine Has the Snow
February 28, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that this winter’s storm patterns have dumped ample snow on Maine’s winter centers creating exceptional conditions for skiing, snowmobiling and other winter activities.
|A team taking off in Fort Kent at the 2018 Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race. Photo Credit: Don Eno/Fiddlehaed Focus. For more Maine winter photos, click the image above or the link below.|
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the top half of Maine continues to boast more than 24 inches. The above average snowfall in northern Maine is evident by the towering snowbanks throughout towns like Fort Kent and Madawaska.
“I spent the past week traveling around the state and experienced some of the best snow of the year,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser. “The winter conditions are excellent at Maine’s alpine and Nordic centers and beyond. I saw some of the biggest snowbanks I have in years.”
It’s going to be a busy week on the slopes. To close out the weeklong schedule of vacation events, Sunday River will host a fireworks celebration tonight.
To kick off March, Black Mountain of Maine will host a free ski night on Thursday, sponsored by River Valley Health Communications, and Mt. Abram welcomes back the popular nighttime Fat Bike Challenge.
Shawnee Peak will host New England Day this Friday, with specially priced tickets for New England residents. Also on Friday, Sugarloaf and WinterKids light up the night with downhill skiing and the only night of the year to ski under the lights at the mountain.
The whole family can look forward to the 23rd Annual Magno-Packard Race at Lost Valley on Saturday, and at Shawnee Peak, the 5th Annual Cardboard Box Race.
On the snowmobile front, Maine’s skilled and dedicated grooming clubs have been ensuring the trails are well maintained. “The base continues to be amazing, and the additional snow that continues to fall only makes the riding that much better,” said Bob Meyers, MSA executive director. “We expect March to be a great snow month with a few significant storms and the snowmobile season extending into April in many regions of the state.”
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily. North of the Forks, the trails around Parlin Pond in northeast Somerset, and Moosehead Lake and Rangeley area trails currently have ideal riding conditions.
The highly anticipated Annual Log Drivers Cookout hosted by the Big Valley Sno Club will take place on Saturday in Island Falls. On Sunday, the Arnold Trail Snowmobile Club of Eustis and Stratton will host a trailside cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ITS 89 crossing of Route 27. Come hungry because there will be burgers, hot dogs, chips and dessert and $5 will pay for all you can eat. Also on Sunday, departing from the Sled Shed at 9:45 a.m., the SnoWanderers Snowmobile Club of Kingfield will host a mystery ride.
For other winter adventures, the Can-Am Crown International Dog Sled Race will take place in Fort Kent this Saturday.
For foodies looking to celebrate March and experience many of the tasty treats the state has to offer, Maine Restaurant Week starts tomorrow and runs though March 12. This year’s list of participating restaurants will be offering special menu options and prices, full of great food and locations to try.
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.