February 12, 2020 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that the recent snowfall has created ultimate conditions for outdoor play, both for skiing and snowmobiling, throughout Maine as residents and visitors head into February vacation.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that the past week’s storms blanketed the state, with the majority of Aroostook County now with more than two feet of snow and much of the mountains region with more than 14 inches.
Historically, February is one of Maine’s snowiest winter months, and following the storms of the past week, we move closer to achieving that again this winter.
Skiing in Maine
Over the past week, the snowfall total has ranged from two to six inches in the western mountains to eight to 12 inches in Aroostook County. Whether you choose from hundreds of miles of groomed and track-set Nordic trails or one of the hundreds of downhill ski trails, everyone is going to find great snow for skiing and snowboarding over the February school vacation week, and fun events throughout the day and evening at the ski resorts.
“The early February snowfall has added to the snowpack across the state of Maine,” said Ski Maine Association’s executive director, Greg Sweetser. “We are excited to see acres and acres of new terrain open as the wooded glade trails received plenty of natural snowfall.”
The long-range weather forecast continues to predict an active storm cycle through the month, setting the ski areas up for the heart of the ski season. Be sure to check resort websites for February vacation and other deals.
Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.
The new snow has created impressive snowmobiling conditions. Regions of interest this week include:
- Aroostook: Eagle Lake, Ashland, ITS 81 and 83 and Macwahoc area
- Katahdin region
- Moosehead region
- The Forks
Before heading out on a ride, be sure to check the current trail conditions. Trails have been busy and safety should be every rider’s number one priority at all times. It is a perfect time to suit up, get outside and enjoy the current conditions.
To view the upcoming snowmobile events located throughout the state and regularly hosted by local snowmobile clubs, click here.
More Maine Winter Fun
Embrace the snowy month of February with winter-centric events like the annual Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Winter Carnival this Saturday with a junior fishing derby, horse-drawn wagon rides and fireworks, and in Rangeley, Winterpaloozah takes place on Sunday with a cardboard sled race, pond hockey, snow castles, a campfire and marshmallow roast, and more.
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.
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