Ultimate Winter Recreation Conditions for February Vacation
February 13, 2019 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that the new snow covering the ski centers and regions well-known for snowmobiling will create the best outdoor recreation conditions Presidents' Day weekend and February vacation week have seen in years.
|Snowmobiling in Rangeley, Maine. Click the image above for more Maine winter images.|
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. Yesterday’s storm that has continued into today has added another foot of snow to many areas of the state, some of which had experienced snow loss during last week’s warmer temperatures and rain.
To accommodate skiers over the holiday weekend, downhill ski areas have extended operating schedules and night skiing, with special events taking place throughout the week, including a packed schedule for adults and family fun at Sugarloaf and Sunday River.
“The Maine ski areas are in fabulous shape for the big school vacation week with a major snowstorm blanketing the state,” according Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser.
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily. New snow means fresh trail grooming and better riding. This week, trail conditions to note are Grant Brook Trail connecting Millinocket and Kokadjo; the Katahdin region; nearby Libby Camps in Ashland; and Rangeley, where groomers are prepping for a busy vacation week.
Bob Meyers, executive director of MSA, said, “Snowmobile trails in most regions of the state in one word are spectacular. In addition to the great riding, there are a lot of upcoming events scheduled throughout vacation week.”
Meyers also cautions riders to watch for wildlife that regularly use trails to move around and to allow them a wide berth, and to be mindful of logging operations along the trails.
The Katahdin Area Winterfest will provide a week of events including an antique sled parade and bonfire in Millinocket, ice fishing at Jerry Pond and a Kid’s Day at East Branch SnoRivers clubhouse in Medway. The Rangeley World Record Snowmobile Ride for Cystic Fibrosis will be hosted at Bald Mountain Camps in Oquossoc. For additional snowmobile-related events, click here.
For more winter excitement, the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Winter Carnival will take place this Saturday featuring a kids’ fishing derby and fireworks, and on Sunday, Rangeley will host their annual Winterpaloozah! with horse and wagon rides, ice skating, pond hockey, snow castles, a campfire and marshmallow roast, and more.
For those with spring fever, Freeport’s 12th Annual Flavors of Freeport will take place throughout the weekend. Go on a culinary adventure through town with chocolate factory tours, a lobster brunch, and free tastings and demonstrations.
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.