March 4, 2020 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that while there may not be much snow along the coast and in residents’ backyards, there is still a significant amount of snow in the western mountains and in northern Maine.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that much of Aroostook County still has at least two feet of snow.
Skiing in Maine
February’s final storm buried Maine’s mountains in nearly two feet of snow. At Sugarloaf, the front face snowfields have opened and at Sunday River, Mt. Abram and Shawnee Peak and all of Maine’s community ski areas, gladed tree skiing is open. In the mountain Nordic centers, trails are track set and groomed for skate skiing. Conditions also continue to be great on snowshoe and fat tire biking trails.
“I skied both downhill and cross-country this past Sunday, and conditions could not be better” said Ski Maine’s executive director, Greg Sweetser. “While the coastal areas are feeling spring on its way, winter is in full force in the mountains, with weeks of winter weather remaining.”
Daylight Saving Time kicks in this weekend, which makes for sunny trails later in the day. March is the peak month for skiing, snowboarding and widespread events across the state. Maine’s ski areas also recommend this month as a great time to learn to ski or snowboard, with teaching areas in great condition and moderate temperatures.
Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.
With still more than two feet of snow in many areas of Aroostook County and with dedicated groomers working to smooth trails, the snowmobiling conditions in northern Maine continue to be great. The Katahdin region trails also continue to be of interest.
Riders should remain cautious and ride safely, as many of the more popular trails receive a lot of traffic this time of year. Remember to stay on the right side of the trail.
Current trail conditions are updated regularly on the MSA website. Be sure to view the latest conditions before riding.
A busy week of snowmobiling events and activities can be found by clicking here.
More Maine Winter Fun
Maine Restaurant Week continues through March 12, so now is the perfect time to experience some of the state’s restaurants and cuisine at a discount.
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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