Spring Has Sprung but Winter Conditions Throughout Maine Continue
March 21, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that despite the official start of the spring season yesterday, Maine’s winter conditions continue with some of the deepest snow of the year as a result of last week’s nor’easter.
|Sugarloaf skier. Click on the image above or link below to access more Maine winter images.|
With the latest snowfall totals, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the majority of the state, with the exception of the coast, has more than two feet of snow.
Maine’s ski centers will continue to thrive well into spring. “We will now see most of the Maine areas operating through April 1 this year,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser. “Ski areas have been reporting some of the best conditions of the year, and the bright March sun has driven big crowds and much enthusiasm to the mountains.”
To kick off the weekend, Black Mountain of Maine will continue their Friday Night FreeStyle Clinic and on Saturday, Shawnee Peak will celebrate their Spring Fling. Sugarloaf has a busy schedule with the 8th Annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom and a Beers of Maine Series featuring Allagash Brewing Co. events taking place throughout the weekend.
At Sunday River, there will be a Maine Adaptive Ski-A-Thon and Après Spring Concert on Saturday, with the Chili Cookoff and Firefighters Race on Sunday. Looking ahead to next weekend, the resort is gearing up to host the World Pro Ski Tour from March 29 – 31, featuring professional alpine skiers from around the globe.
The snow from last week’s massive storm has also been great for snowmobilers. “This winter’s snowmobiling conditions are epic due to the combination of cold temperatures, regular snowfall and dedicated trail groomers,” said Bob Meyers, Maine Snowmobile Association executive director.
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily. For those planning their weekend trips, the trails in Somerset County, throughout Rangeley, Eustis, Caribou, the Katahdin region and beyond are in excellent condition. Overall, the riding is great throughout the state.
This Saturday, the Rock Maple Racing X-Country Race will take place, sponsored by Long Pond Camps and the Border Riders Sportsman Club on Long Pond in Jackman. Gates at the event will open at 8 a.m. On Sunday, the Groomer’s Ball will be held by the Arnold Trail Snowmobile Club of Eustis and Stratton at the Stratton Plaza. There will be appetizers, dinner, dessert and music. Interested riders should call 207-246-2000 to make reservations.
Maine Maple Sunday is this weekend, with Maine maple producers throughout the state opening their doors to visitors to sample and purchase sweet treats, tour the facilities, watch demonstrations and see how maple syrup is made.
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.