Best Snowmobile and Ski Conditions of the SeasonBest Snowmobile and Ski Conditions of the Season
Snodeo, Maine’s biggest snowmobile event, this weekend
January 23, 2019 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that the storm that buried the state from Kittery to Madawaska this past Sunday has created the best snowmobile and ski conditions so far this winter season.
Enjoying new snow at Sugarloaf.
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that after the recent storm, almost three-quarters of the state has more than two feet. A Bangor Daily News article stated Presque Isle received 16 inches from the storm.
Skiers and snowboarders should embrace the season by spending a day at one of the state’s ski centers, and for those who are looking to give either a try for the first time, there are learn-to-ski-and-snowboard programs available daily. Various night ski programs are also in full swing and are hosting hundreds of Maine students each week.
“As we head into the last week of January, we can’t stop talking about the first major snowstorm of the season,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser. “Right now, we truly have the ideal conditions for all things winter—downhill and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat bike riding, tobogganing or even sitting by the fire.”
Snowmobile club groomers are working around the clock to dig out from the storm and are creating incredible trail conditions. With 14,000 miles of trails statewide, snowmobilers can now ride from York County to Allagash.
Bob Meyers, MSA executive director, said, “In addition to ideal trail conditions, snowmobile events are kicking into high gear, so there’s a lot to do along the trails. Dress warmly, get out there and enjoy—it doesn’t get better than this!”
Notable trails this week include the trails in Caribou, Aroostook County and those nearby Coburn Mountain. For adventurous riders, the abandoned trains by Eagle Lake in the Allagash are an interesting and worthwhile site. A great way to visit is to venture from Libby Camps, with their famous pie to look forward to upon your return. Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily.
Rangeley’s Snodeo, one of Maine’s largest snowmobiling events, will take place this weekend with races, raffles, auctions, spectacular shows and more than 100 miles of trails to look forward to. On Sunday, the Caribou Snowmobile Club will host the 5th Annual Caribou Snowmobile Club Snow Drags with the admission entrances on Route One and ITS 83/80. Races begin at 11 a.m. Next weekend is Free Snowmobile Weekend.
For some old-fashioned winter fun, The Bethel Inn Resort offers horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout the season.
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.