The following provides highlights, special features and links (where available) for 21 Nordic ski areas in Maine. Many of these cross-country centers offer groomed trails that accommodate skiing and snowshoeing, with some centers offering trails exclusively for snowshoeing.
Beech Hill X-C Ski and Snowshoe Center
This center offers 11km of wide, groomed trails on 80 acres of varied terrain for intermediate x-c skiing and snowshoeing for all ages. Warming hut and comfort stations. Bring a lunch and enjoy the peaceful Wayne woods. Free hot cocoa and tea. Family atmosphere.
Bethel Inn Ski Touring Center
This center is situated at the historic Bethel Inn and offers on-site lodging, 40 kilometers of forest and fairway trails for novice through advanced skiers, as well as snowshoe trails. Rentals, lessons, fireside lounge, sauna, fitness machines, swimming pool, ice skating, sleigh rides, kick sleds and pulk sleds (a sled designed for cross-country skiers, used to pull children in tow) are also available.
Big Rock has been a downhill ski area since the 1960s, and they now have 40 Kilometers of cross country ski trails as well. A new lodge serves hot food off the grill, homemade soups, sandwiches and snacks.
Birches Ski Touring Center
This resort features cabins and a lodge, with Nordic ski and snowshoe opportunities on 40 kilometers of groomed trails, 50 kilometers of ungroomed trails and an 11,000-acre private reserve. Of special note is a Moosehead Lake trail to legendary Mt. Kineo. Other amenities include a restaurant, outdoor sauna, hot tub, rentals and lessons. Dog friendly.
Black Mountain of Maine Touring Center
This Nordic ski center offers 35 kilometers of wide tracked trails for all abilities, many hilly and challenging. Snowmaking on 4 kilometers. Alpine skiing is also available. Amenities include rentals, lessons, snack bar, lounge and tubing hill.
Carter’s X-C Ski Center and Shops
Offering 40 kilometers of trails for all levels of skiers and snowshoers, this dog-friendly center also features a snack bar and greenhouse lounge, woodstove and sauna. Rentals, lessons, snowshoe and pulk sled (sleds designed for cross-country skiers, used to pull children in tow) rentals and a ski shop are also available. There are also 55 kilometers of beginner to expert trails at Carter’s Bethel location.
Five Fields Farm
This 70-acre orchard offers 27 kilometers of trails for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowshoers. Of special note is the unlimited backcountry terrain to the top of scenic Bald Pate Mountain and the surrounding 450-acre land preserve. Other amenities include a warming house and rentals. Dog friendly.
Harris Farm XC Ski Center
This 1,000-acre center is operated by a third-generation farming family. Trails include 40 kilometers for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers, with skating lines. Snowshoeing also available. Amenities include a day lodge with woodstove, snack bar, rentals, lessons and ski shop. Dog friendly.
Katahdin Nordic Center
Katahdin Nordic is located at the Katahdin Cabins, just ˝ mile from downtown Millinocket and 17 miles from the south entrance of Baxter State Park, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. 10 kilometers of groomed trails, cross country ski and snowshoe rentals for adults and children.
Libby Hill Forest Trails
Libby Hill Trails provide seven miles of walking, hiking, mountain biking, groomed cross country ski, and snowshoe trails in Gray, Maine.
Lost Valley Touring Center
17 kilometers of cross country ski terrain that begins at their base lodge and meanders through the surrounding woods. Rentals available.
Maine Winter Sports Center 10th Mountain Center
World class cross country and biathlon center with FIS & IBU trails, lodges with kitchen, locker rooms, sauna and waxing rooms, all groomed and free to the public.
Maine Winter Sports Center Nordic Heritage Center
World class cross country and biathlon center with 12 kilometers of FIS & IBU trails, a 6,500 sq. ft. lodge with kitchen, locker rooms, sauna and waxing rooms. Open to the public.
Millinocket Municipal X-C Ski Area
This area offers free use of its 40 kilometers of groomed trails for novice and intermediate skiers, as well as its 20 kilometers of backcountry. Of special note is the woodstove-warmed hut offering a great view of mile-high Mt. Katahdin.
Mt. Abram Ski Resort
Mt Abram offers complimentary cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on Duane’s Nordic Retreat, the original alpine beginner area at the resort.
17.5 km of trails for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers. Visitor’s center with bathroom facilities, snacks and ski tuning facilities. Ski and snowshoe rentals.
Rangeley Lakes X-C Ski Trails
This scenic center offers 35 kilometers of exra-wide skating trails for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowshoers, as well as unlimited backcountry skiing. The ski center is now located at the base of Saddleback Mountain Ski Resort.
Smiling Hill Farm
This kid-friendly 500-acre dairy farm offers 34 kilometers of trails for novice, intermediate and advanced Nordic skiers and snowshoers, as well as marked nature trails. Amenities include pulk sled (a sled designed for cross-country skiers, used to pull children in tow) rentals, a farm building with snack bar, changing area, gift shop and dairy store. The animal exhibits are of special note.
Sugarloaf/USA Outdoor Center
This full mountainside resort offers 115 kilometers of groomed trails for all levels of skier and snowshoer (50 kilometers novice, 40 kilometers intermediate, 15 kilometers advanced, 11 kilometers snowshoe). Amenities include trailside lodging, rentals and lessons, a full-service cafe, woodstove, pulk sleds (sleds designed for cross-country skiers, used to pull children in tow) and a chairlift to alpine area base facilities.
Sunday River Outdoor Center
The Sunday River Outdoor Center caters to family winter fun, offering cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and a small sledding hill. We are located on the public transportation route just down the hill from the Sunday River Ski Resort and outside the beautiful mountain village of Bethel. Our trails are groomed for classic or skate skiing. Snowshoeing is allowed on the edges of most ski trails and on a dedicated network of snowshoe-only trails. The Outdoor Center is a great place for beginners to learn to cross-country ski. We have a professional coaching staff and lots of easy terrain. Visit our lodge and sit by the large stone fireplace. We have free Wi-Fi and a cafe serving hot drinks, soup and snacks.
Titcomb Mountain Ski Touring
15 km for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers. Upper intermediate terrain serviced by alpine lift. Warming huts, lodge with snackbar and fireplace, ski rentals.