(AUGUSTA, Maine) — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that the combination of the recent snowstorms with more on the way, and more mild temperatures, has created the perfect conditions to enjoy Maine’s abundant winter recreation, from the ski slopes to the well-groomed snowmobile trails.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that more than half of the state, particularly concentrated in the mountains and Aroostook Country, has more than 18 inches of snow.
Skiing in Maine
With March only days away, some of the season’s best skiing and riding days are underway. Historically, it has the potential to be the snowiest of Maine’s winter months. Even while the ground begins to thaw in southern New England as spring approaches, Maine’s impressive snowpack keeps people skiing in the mountains for far longer.
“February has been an extremely strong month for Maine ski areas, with large numbers of kids learning to ski and snowboard,” said Ski Maine’s executive director, Greg Sweetser. “It’s really important to encourage children to get outside and be active during our long winter season.”
In addition to the current stellar conditions, the sunny days and fresh snowfall create some of the most picturesque mountaintop views.
Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.
The snowstorm in tomorrow’s forecast will increase snow depths on snowmobiling trails in most regions and will keep groomers busy throughout the weekend.
If you’re planning a ride, the following trails and regions are of interest:
- ITS 87 heading south towards Bingham
- Bald Mountain Trail in The Forks
Check current trail conditions before you head out. It is a perfect time to suit up, get outside and enjoy the current conditions, but please remember safety first. Before you ride:
- Make a plan and tell someone where you’re riding
- Operate at a safe speed
- Wait for your group at intersections
This weekend’s lineup of snowmobiling events is a busy one and can be found by clicking here.
More Maine Winter Fun
Maine Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday, with deals and specials at various restaurants around the state.
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 here or on the image above to access a Dropbox of Maine winter images.
This week’s Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF) reports less than 30 percent color change for central, coastal, and southern Maine. Forest rangers in the higher elevations report high color (less than 70 percent) in the forest.
The first of this year's fall foliage reports. Maine’s leaf-bearing trees will show off their brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red in the upcoming weeks.
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