Snow and Cold Temperatures Add to Ultimate Conditions for Maine Winter Fun
Maine’s Free Snowmobile Weekend starts Friday
January 30, 2019 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that with the snow that is continuing to fall paired with colder temperatures, Maine is seeing some of the best skiing and snowmobile riding conditions in several years.
Snowmobiling in Washburn, Maine
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows more than half the state, excluding the entire Maine coast, has at least two feet of snow.
Skiers and snowboarders often enjoy the January snow cycle and should look forward to February with noticeably longer days and more time to take advantage of the slopes and trails. With the storm hitting Maine yesterday and into today, another foot of new snow fell across many of Maine’s ski centers.
“This weekly January snowstorm pattern has resulted in exceptional snow depths across the Maine ski areas. We are heading into the heart of the season with great conditions for skiing and snowboarding,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser.
For first-time skiers, Sugarloaf is offering mountain tours with Sugarloaf ambassadors this weekend.
“We’re gearing up for Maine’s Free Snowmobile Weekend this Friday through Sunday,” said MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers. “Any snowmobile registered in any state or province is welcome to ride our trails this weekend at no charge. Be safe and come enjoy the trails.”
If snowmobilers would like to explore beyond Free Snowmobile Weekend, Maine offers three-day, 10-day and season registrations for non-residents. Meyers said, “The way this winter has unfolded so far, we haven’t even reached the midpoint of the season. With weeks of excellent riding ahead of you, pick up a registration this weekend.”
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily, but trails to consider trying out during Free Snowmobile Weekend include the wide-open trails of Aroostook County with record snowfall this winter; Blue Ridge in Rockwood with the opportunity to take a picturesque trip around the state’s largest lake; Katahdin area along the powerline trailheads west from Millinocket and Washburn where former railbeds make excellent trails.
This Saturday at the East Branch Sno-Rovers clubhouse in East Millinocket, the club will be hosting a remote access ride and tours. Proceeds from the event will benefit LifeFlight of Maine Remote Access Project and the MSA Scholarship Fund.
For other weekend excitement, Friday kicks off the 13th Annual Pond Hockey Festival in Rangeley and Sunday River will host the Chef Summit. In the Moosehead Lake region, the 100-Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race with take place on Saturday.
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.