March 11, 2020 – The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), reports that despite warmer spring days, Maine’s mountains are still enjoying the heart of ski and snowboard season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows that approximately half of the state including the western mountains, have more than one foot of snow, and in Aroostook County, some areas still have more than two feet.
Skiing in Maine
Last week, when temperatures in southern Maine reached 70 degrees, the high temperature in northern Maine reached only 20 degrees. On Monday night, several inches of new snow fell across the northern ski areas, adding to the already impressive snowfall totals and illustrating that ski season, both downhill and Nordic, is not yet over.
“March is a month of weather extremes” said Ski Maine’s executive director, Greg Sweetser. “A warm day along the coast is a taste of spring, and the next day, the temperature can crash. Don’t be fooled in thinking that the snow has disappeared in the mountains, just because your backyard is bare. Ski areas are in full swing all month long!”
Maine Nordic centers continue to offer groomed trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking. The long-term weather forecast is showing additional snow, making this weekend a great time to make cross-country plans.
The longer, sunny days also are a time for Maine’s ski centers and resorts to celebrate the weather with deck parties and spring events. At Titcomb Mountain, the first pond skimming contest will take place this Sunday, and at Shawnee Peak and Camden Snow Bowl, more skimming contests will follow on March 21. Mark your calendar for Sunday River’s Spring Fest from April 3-5, and Sugarloaf’s Reggae Fest is April 9-12.
For those interested in learning how to ski or snowboard, March is a prime month to do so.
Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.
As the season continues, especially in northern Maine, riders should be sure to check trail conditions that are updated regularly on the MSA website. Areas of interest this week include Caribou, Fort Kent and Eagle Lake where with more than two feet of snow and committed groomers, the trails continue to be in good condition.
Safety is and should remain the first priority of every snowmobiler.
A busy week of snowmobiling events and activities can be found by clicking here.
More Maine Winter Fun
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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