January 15, 2020 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that the snowfall predicted tonight and into tomorrow, along with this weekend’s anticipated storm dropping up to ten inches in the mountains, will create great conditions for skiing and improve snowmobile trails during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows much of northern Maine still has at least 16 inches of snow, but after the warm temperatures last weekend, the coast has trace amounts. The anticipated snowfall the remainder of this week and weekend should alter depths throughout much of the state.

Skiing in Maine

Mt. Abram snowmaking
Nighttime snowmaking at Mt. Abram in Greenwood. Click on the image above to access a Dropbox of Maine winter images.

With mild January temperatures last week, ski centers are looking forward to the snowstorm lineup this week, with perfect timing for skiers to take advantage of the long weekend.

Northern Maine has lead the pack in terms of snowfall so far this year, with this past Sunday’s storm adding 18 inches and creating ultimate conditions at Lonesome Pine Trails, the Fort Kent Outdoor Center and the Four Seasons Trail Center in Madawaska. The Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle and Bigrock Mountain ski area in Mars Hills also received several inches of new snow.

In the western mountains region, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Shawnee Peak and Mt. Abram enjoyed snow squalls that improved the already solid conditions.

“The extensive snowmaking allowed the ski areas to rebound quickly from last weekend’s quick thaw,” said Ski Maine Executive Director Greg Sweetser. “Cold temperatures have allowed great snowmaking all week, but the best news is that consistent weather forecasts show several snowstorms on their way just in time to enjoy this long holiday weekend.”

Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.

Maine Snowmobiling

The new snow in the forecast will greatly improve the condition of snowmobiling trails throughout much of the state as snowmobile club groomers continue to make trails safe and smooth.

Areas of interest this week include trails throughout Aroostook where the majority of the snow has recently fallen, especially:

  • Caribou on ITS 83 North, 83B and 88
  • Washburn
  • Frenchville

While the groomers have been and will continue to be out with the anticipated snowfall, as always, continue to use caution when riding. Avoid ungroomed trails and be sure to check snowmobile trail conditions before setting out for the day.

For upcoming snowmobile-related events, check MSA’s calendar.

More Maine Winter Fun

For adults looking for some weekend fun, Samoset’s Glacier Ice Bar and sculptures are being displayed beginning at 5 p.m. this Friday and the Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest will take place this Saturday with fun games, live music, local beer and food.

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.