It’s winter. We know the sofa beckons. Resist the pull of its gravity and head out into the frosty air for a Maine winter adventure. The sofa will still be there when you get back. We promise.
Cross-country skiing allows you to head out across Maine’s back country, whether you’re at an established ski area – with groomed trails – or at a more rustic spot like a land trust or park.
You love dogs; you love sleds. Why not combine them and cross dog sledding off your Maine bucket list, too?
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding / Night Skiing
Downhill skiing and snowboarding are among the most popular winter sports in Maine. The snow is deep and the ski areas run the gamut from tiny, beginner hills to region-topping monsters. Sugarloaf and Sunday River are the state’s largest, and most varied, resorts. But the state has plenty of fun mid-sized and smaller ski and snowboard areas as well.
Night skiing and snowboarding is a tradition here. Some skiers and riders like to expand their days on the hill by adding turns at night; others can only ski after work; still others show their competitive side through nighttime racing leagues. Night skiing and riding is available at Black Mountain in Rumford; Camden Snow Bowl in Camden; Lost Valley in Auburn; Hermon Mountain in Hermon; Shawnee Peak in Bridgton; Spruce Mountain in Jay; Sunday River in Newry; and Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.
Expand your biking season by renting one of these huge-tired beasts and hitting a snow-covered trail. Places to try it include Bethel Village Trails in Bethel; Pineland Farms in New Gloucester; The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley; and Carter’s Cross Country Ski Centers in Bethel.
Just because the lakes are frozen over doesn’t mean we stop fishing. Spend the day outside (or in a cozy shanty) with family and friends or participate in one of the many ice fishing derbies around the state.
Maine has over 14,000 miles of spectacular snowmobile trails for sledding enthusiasts, including the well-groomed and well-marked Interconnected Trail System (ITS).
Winter can provide hours of quiet reflection and the chance for serenity. And a snowshoe adventure on winter trails can bring you your moment of Zen. Snowshoes can take you through established ski and snowshoe areas or through less-groomed parks, forests and land trusts.
Winter Cabin Rentals and Resorts
After a day of skiing or snowboarding, relax in cabin, condo or lodge. These can be a ski-in, ski-out place at one of Maine’s resorts, or a more out-of-the-way location.