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2019 Snow Report Week Eight

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 15:52

Maine's Snow Report: We Have the Snow

February 20, 2019 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that several inches of snow are expected to fall on Maine’s ski centers and many snowmobile areas tonight into tomorrow, and again this weekend.

Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the majority of the lakes and mountains region and Aroostook County have at least two feet of snow.

Nordic skiing with a view of  Mount Katahdin. Click either of the images to access more Maine winter images.
Nordic skiing with a view of  Mount Katahdin. Click either of the images to access more Maine winter images.

Skiing in Maine 
February school vacation week is the unofficial midpoint of the ski season, leaving plenty of time ahead to ski and ride. 
Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser said, “There is such a vast amount of terrain available with this deep snowpack. We have 100-percent coverage at all downhill and Nordic centers in every corner of the state.” 

► This week, Sugarloaf reported that they have received more then 15 feet of snow this winter, nearly two feet more than the same time last year.

► Learn to Ski and Ride programs are available each day and thousands of people have picked up the sport this season

► Visit skimaine.com for a complete listing of Maine downhill and cross-country ski areas

Maine Snowmobiling 
Cold temperatures and regular snowfall have created some of the best conditions that snowmobilers have seen in years. 
“This really is a drop everything and get out there kind of year,” said Bob Meyers, MSA executive director. “As March nears and temperatures get warmer, the snow base will ensure the riding will continue well into spring.”

► Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily

► Trails of interest this week: Central Maine, where you can venture off the ITS and discover almost 11,000 miles of club trails; Hewes Brook trails by Portage Lake; the Katahdin area where the views are hard to beat; ITS-83 in Caribou and in Lewiston

► Keep an eye out for pressure ridges on Moosehead Lake 

► Katahdin Area Winterfest’s Kids Day will take place on Saturday, February 23; enjoy snow sliding, canoe rides on the snow, hot chocolate bar, a human curling event and snowman building

More Maine Winter Fun
► 4th Annual Curling Bonspiel, February 24, 2019 – Rangeley
Enjoy a curling competition between teams that have been practicing all season. 

► Maine Restaurant Week, March 1 – 12

► For foodies looking to experience the delicious cuisine the state has to offer, 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.

Maine Winter Images

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