Weather Forecast for the Weekend Showing Sun for Winter Fun
reports that the sun in the forecast and the snow continuing to fall in many regions of the state are two reasons to make plans to get outside and enjoy winter in Maine this weekend.
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Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that despite warmer temperatures the last few days, approximately half of Maine still has more than two feet of snow.
The great weather outlook for the weekend and with 100 percent of trails open at downhill and Nordic ski centers, there is no better time to make plans to hit the slopes or trails. Now with longer days, more outdoor events are taking place at the alpine lodges.
“With snow continuing to fall across the ski areas and snowbanks growing, the heart of the ski season is now upon us,” according Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser.
Nordic conditions are exceptional. A growing number of skiers have discovered Maine’s unique hut-to-hut trail system that offers hot meals and showers, and comfortable beds for restful sleep. Interested adventurers can explore the options at both Appalachian Mountain Club Wilderness Lodges in Greenville and Maine Huts & Trails in Carrabassett Valley. The experience serves as a great getaway and a different way to explore the Maine woods.
Single-track trails for snowshoes and fat bikes have also been groomed at the Nordic centers, adding to the diversity of snow activities available.
Bob Meyers, executive director of MSA, said, “Maine’s January thaw arrived late and fortunately only lasted two days, leaving the state’s 14,500 miles of snowmobile trails in terrific shape.”
With February historically being Maine’s largest snow month, there is plenty of time remaining this season to go riding. Snowmobile trail conditions are updated daily.
Trails of interest this week include Dover on the ITS-85 just south of Dover-Foxcroft; Medway with a stop at the East Branch Sno-Rover’s clubhouse for lunch and riding recommendations; the Katahdin area with the snow depth increasing regularly; Coburn, where you can ride to the summit of Coburn Mountain, Maine’s highest peak accessible by snowmobile; Aroostook County, with record snowpack this season and Jackman, where spotting wildlife is a regular occurrence.
This weekend, snowmobilers can take part in the winter celebration in Eustis and Stratton at the Polar Blast, a blessing of the sleds at Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico and the 18th Annual Snow-Cross Races in Lincoln.
For those looking for something different for weekend plans, Bar Harbor’s Acadia Winter Festival will celebrate the season with winter activities, birding activities, an ice sculpture demonstration, food, storytelling and more. On Saturday, a Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Snowshoe Hike at Riverlands State Park in Turner will take place and at Sugarloaf, the Carrabassett Fat Tire Race.
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.