-Potential record-breaking warm temperatures today followed by expected snowfall on Friday-

February 23, 2022 — The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and Maine’s snowmobiling community, reports that this February vacation week will bring varied weather patterns from record warm temperatures today to a storm on Friday that is expected to bring six to 12 inches across southern Maine. All conditions lead to continued winter recreation fun across much of Maine as March approaches.

cross-country-skiingThe current National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows minimal snow along the coast with increasing depth above Bangor, some areas exceeding fourteen inches and the northernmost area in Aroostook exceeding two feet. Southern Maine will likely show more significant accumulation after the forecasted snowfall on Friday.

Skiing in Maine

As March nears, longer, sunnier days mean more time on the downhill slopes and Nordic trails. The milder weather Maine historically sees in March, paired with sporadic storms, makes for excellent conditions and opportunities to learn to ski.

Here’s an overview of the conditions at some of the state’s ski centers:

  • Sugarloaf—Reporting 84 trails open with wet snow conditions which are expected to improve with anticipated colder temperatures and new snow. Check the February vacation week event calendar – there’s still time to enjoy it.
  • Saddleback—Above freezing precipitation received last night has resulted in 19 slopes open, but conditions are expected to improve toward the end of the week and in time for February Fest.
  • Sunday River—Reporting 108 trails open with Presidents’ Day Week events including live music, fireworks, Après Aglow, fire dancing and more.
  • Lost Valley—Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all vacation week, families can also take advantage of the Maine Family Snow Tube Park open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., advanced online purchase required.

For cross country skiers, New England Outdoor Center’s (NEOC) latest trail grooming report shows favorable conditions on most trails.

In Bethel, while Carter’s XC Ski is open today for snowshoers only, the center is reporting good cross-country conditions with packed powder and loose, granular snow with fresh powder on top. Visit these great trails from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and check conditions online.

Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.

Maine Snowmobiling

The snowmobile trails will benefit from the upcoming storm, but many areas with a solid base are holding up nicely. Please be aware of groomers.

In Millinocket, Twin Pines Snowmobile Club and NEOC are reporting most trails are hard packed and in great condition.

Northern Outdoors are reporting trails are groomed and in excellent shape, including ITS 86, Bald Mountain Trail, Pleasant Pond Trail, Breakneck Ridge Trail, Moxie Mountain Loop Trail and Caratunk Spur.

Snowmobile trail conditions are updated regularly, so be sure to check in advance of your trip.

More Maine Winter Fun

Carnaval ME continues this week through Saturday with winter fun in Portland. For food enthusiasts, Maine Restaurant Week kicks off on March 1, providing the ideal opportunity to support a new restaurant or experience a favorite again through March 12.

The snow reports, released biweekly on Wednesdays, will include snow conditions for the ski resorts and snowmobile trails, highlight safe activities and remind winter enthusiasts about guidelines before leaving the house. The reports will be posted on VisitMaine.com where visitors can also find information on other winter activities.