The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that last week’s snowfall received mid-week and over the weekend yielded excellent conditions for both skiers and snowmobilers. Approximately eight inches of fluffy snow blanketed the mountains Saturday night, totaling two feet of new snow received in one week. The snowmobile community, which has been facing a lack of snow in several regions of the state, can now enjoy most of the state’s trails.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows a variety of snow depths across the state, with a range of four to six inches covering southern Maine to more than two feet in some pockets in Aroostook County.
Skiing in Maine
Sunday River, with 120 trails open and 16 inches of fresh snow in the last week alone, is testament to how incredible conditions are at Maine’s downhill resorts. Nordic centers have been grooming continuously, with miles of tracks for classic skiers and wide-groomed lanes for skate skiers.
“The weekly storm pattern has been excellent for all of Maine’s downhill and cross-country areas,” said Ski Maine’s Executive Director Greg Sweetser. “We have nearly every trail open in Maine this week. With more snow in the forecast, January is shaping up to be a classic winter month.”
Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.
Recent snow has prompted grooming of snowmobile trails throughout much of the state, as the snow base and conditions continue to improve. With more snow expected, snowmobile club groomers will be out regularly. Before heading out on a snowmobiling adventure, be sure to check the current trail conditions.
Rangeley’s Snodeo, one of Maine’s largest snowmobiling events, will kick off on Thursday with Rock Maple X Country Races & Tame The Track Vintage Racing, door prizes and drawings, a parade, entertainment and fireworks, and other winter fun. Next weekend is Free Snowmobile Weekend.
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More Maine Winter Fun
Ward off cabin fever with the family at the Auburn Winter Festival with fun activities all weekend. Enjoy snowshoeing, sledding and skating, Lost Valley discounts, movie night and more. Beer lovers should plan to toast the weekend at Portland on Tap, held on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Arena.
The snow reports, released each Wednesday throughout the season, will be posted on VisitMaine.com, where visitors can also find information on 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 this link to access a Dropbox of Maine winter images.
Thanks to its lakes, coastline and mountains, Maine may well be the perfect destination for a family vacation.
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