February 9, 2022 – The Maine Office of Tourism, in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and Maine’s snowmobiling community, reports that major snowstorms have contributed several feet of fresh snow in various regions of the state in the last few weeks, creating the best conditions of the season for skiers, snowmobilers and other snow-dependent recreation. Sunday River’s latest Mountain Report distributed yesterday shares the resort has received 53 inches of snow in the last three weeks.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map is significantly different than weeks past, showing large pockets of the western mountains region and Aroostook County exceeding two feet of snow.
Skiing in Maine
February has kicked off with incredible conditions for downhill and Nordic skiing throughout Maine ski centers. With trails opened, groomed and with longer days slowly emerging, this is a great time to try the sport or enjoy the trails.
Here’s an overview of the conditions at some of the state’s ski centers:
- Sugarloaf—Reporting 120 open trails of packed powder and prime mid-season conditions.
- Saddleback—With 10 inches over the past 48 hours and one of the most-loved trails open, the T-Bar Line, 100 percent of the 68 trails are open and conditions are great.
- Sunday River—Reporting 135 open trails and urging skiers to look ahead to Presidents’ Day weekend for fireworks, live music and more.
- Shawnee Peak—With 38 trails open, the Moonlight Challenge Winter Games are taking place until Sunday, February 20, in support of the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.
With two feet of snow in the last week, New England Outdoor Center (NEOC) shares all cross-country ski trails are in the process of being groomed after yesterday’s snow, and Black Cat Peak is now open to strong intermediate to expert skiers. Warm up after trail adventures at River Drivers Restaurant, open seven days.
Learn more about the downhill and Nordic centers at www.skimaine.com.
The snowmobiling communities across the state are thrilled with the recent snow accumulations and trail conditions are the best of the season. Please ride safe, right and on marked trails.
Due to the influx of storms in the past few weeks, Aroostook County is reporting great conditions across the region with regular grooming including in Caribou, around Portage Lake, Washburn, Allagash and Presque Isle.
In Millinocket, Twin Pines Snowmobile Club and NEOC shared all trails will be packed and freshly groomed.
Northern Outdoors and The Forks area have seen 20 inches fall in the past week, contributing to ultimate riding conditions. Groomers are working hard to keep the trails smooth as the busiest stretch of the season nears. For riders looking to enjoy the early spring weather and great riding during March, check out the Buy One Night, Get One Free lodging deal and Kennebec River Pub and Brewery onsite, open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. all seven days. Trails of interest this week include ITS 86 and 87, Caratunk Spur, Moxie Falls Trail, Pleasant Pond Trail, Bald Mountain Trail and Breakneck Ridge Trail.
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated regularly, so be sure to check in advance of your trip.
More Maine Winter Fun
Celebrate winter fun at upcoming February events, including the U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl this Friday through Sunday, and Carnaval ME from February 17-26 in Portland with live music, fireworks, great food and drinks and winter activities.
The snow reports, released biweekly on Wednesdays, will include snow conditions fo
r 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. Residents enjoying winter in Maine are encouraged to share their photos on social media using #MaineWinter.
Editor’s Note: Click on the image above or the link below to access a Dropbox of Maine winter images.
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