March 3, 2021 – The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and Maine’s snowmobiling community, shares that longer, sunnier days in March are the ideal time for Mainers to take advantage of winter recreation they already love, or want to learn.
While this winter has been unusual with fewer large storms and more sporadic smaller storms, historically March has been the snowiest month of the year in Maine. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows the majority of Maine’s lakes and mountains region and Aroostook County have more than 16 inches of snow, with areas in Aroostook, including Presque Isle, exceeding more than two feet.
Skiing in Maine
Many of the downhill ski resorts are prepared for another month of great ski conditions.
Sugarloaf reported last week that three feet of natural snow has fallen since Groundhog Day and with the longer days of March paired with historic data on snowfall this month can only yield great conditions throughout March. As of today, there are 127 trails open at Sugarloaf, and Mainers should take advantage of the ongoing Wednesday special, Maine Day. In addition, the 2021/2022 New England Spring Pass sale is going on now until April 30.
On the Nordic ski front, as well as for snowshoers and fat bikers, the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center has more than 90KM of trails. Don’t miss the NHL sized rink for skaters, with lessons and rentals available.
Saddleback has reported that despite the freezing rain that fell on Monday throughout other areas of the state, the mountain received three inches of new snow. With 67 trails open, surface conditions will be varied across the mountain today.
For a fun day with the family, Lost Valley, open daily in Auburn, currently has 20 machine-groomed trails available. For non-skiers, the Maine Family Snow Tube Park offers 600-foot-long groomed lanes.
Please remember before you depart for a day of skiing to call ahead or go online for the resort or center’s current COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. Do a self-health screen, wear a mask and practice social distancing, and use your vehicle as the lodge.
Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.
Caribou Parks & Recreation Department’s most recent trail report shares that new snow and colder temperatures allowed for significant grooming. The department asks riders to stay on marked trails, to toss rocks out of the trail and to slow down around corners and inside turns to preserve these areas with thin snow. Areas of interest in Caribou and the surrounding area include:
- Nordic Lakers have reported the trails are holding up well and the new reroute on trail 81 is a beautiful ride.
- Fort Kent’s trails are in great condition, despite trails being busy.
- Francis Sno-Angels are reporting excellent conditions and daily grooming.
The Forks has benefited from the snow received over the course of the periodic storms, allowing for just enough grooming for great riding. Despite the warmer weather this past weekend, groomers were out again Monday in preparation for the drop in temperature. Groomers have been out nightly to keep the riding as smooth as possible, and are hopeful for more cooler temperatures and snowfall to keep riding fun well into March. View the latest trail condition report from Northern Outdoors and The Forks Area Trails Club here.
Northern Outdoors is offering their best deal of the year starting on March 7—buy one night, get one night free lodging through the Spring Fever Deal on Sunday through Thursday stays.
Snowmobilers should plan ahead as typical rest stops may be closed or have limited capacity due to current guidelines. Dress warm, pack supplies, always ride responsibly and to the right of the trail and be cautious of early season trail hazards. Please be respectful of private landowners by always staying on marked trails.
As snowmobile trail conditions become available, they are regularly updated.
More Winter Fun
For foodies, be sure to take advantage of Maine Restaurant Week, going on now until March 12. Support Maine restaurants while enjoying some of the tasty cuisine the state has to offer. Find participating locations at mainerestaurantweek.com.
The snow reports, released biweekly on Wednesdays, include snow conditions for the ski reports and snowmobile trails, highlight safe activities and remind winter enthusiasts about various safety precautions and considerations before leaving the house. The reports are posted on VisitMaine.com where visitors can also find information on other winter activities. Residents enjoying winter in Maine are encouraged to share their photos on social media using #MaineWinter.
Editor’s Note: Click on the link below to access a Dropbox of Maine winter images.
Maine’s leaf bearing trees will show off their array of fall colors in the upcoming weeks.