Latest March Nor’easter Buries Maine
March 14, 2018 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that the latest slow-moving storm has dumped more than two feet in some regions across Maine, creating exceptional winter recreation conditions to continue into the spring. With clocks now sprung forward, there is more time in the evenings to get outside and enjoy the snow.
|Maine downhill skiing in excellent conditions. 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 about 95 percent of Maine has more than two feet of snow. The remaining approximate five percent includes the far Downeast region and some places along the coast, while in some areas of the state, snow continues to fall.
“The days may be longer with the clocks set forward, but winter is still here in full force,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser. “With the new snow, it’s going to be another amazing weekend to hit the slopes and trails statewide and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.”
Skiers can enjoy the March holiday on Saturday at any number of entertaining events at Maine ski centers. Find one of 24 green coins or one gold coin anywhere on Rumford’s Black Mountain of Maine and win a prize during their mountain treasure hunt. At Shawnee Peak, decorate an old mattress and put it to good use at their annual Mattress Race for a chance to win a great prize. The final Kids’ Night Out at Sunday River will also take place on Saturday, complete with supervised activities, pizza and movie for ages five through 12. Titcomb Mountain will host the 22nd Annual Dummy Downhill & BBQ. At Sugarloaf, enjoy a social and buffet dinner, door prizes and a silent auction at the Sugarloaf Ski Club’s Snowball.
“Groomers will be out preparing the trails for this weekend’s riders,” said Bob Meyers, Maine Snowmobile Association executive director. “With all the new snow, snowmobilers should look forward to great riding in most areas of the state.”
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily. Moving into the weekend, trails of interest will include the trails throughout the Aroostook and Katahdin regions.
For the coming weekend, snowmobilers take note of the annual Groomer’s Ball held at Bald Mountain Camps and a St. Patrick’s gathering at the Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters of Sherman clubhouse.
For those who enjoy more leisurely winter recreation, Pineland Farms in New Gloucester updates their cross-country ski and snowshoe trail conditions regularly. For those with spring fever, be sure to add the Maine Flower Show to your calendar for next week, Thursday through Sunday.
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.