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With Sunday River
north of town and Mt. Abram
to the west, skiers and snowboarders have a great variety of terrain and terrific apres-ski, dining and lodging. Nordic skiers can enjoy the trails at Carter’s Cross Country Ski Center
and the Bethel Village Trails
has more skiable acres than any other Maine ski area and the only above tree-line skiing in Maine. It also boasts an extensive cross-country ski network.
In this northern Maine town, you can ski on more than 30km of Nordic trails
and enjoy the gentle slopes at the Lonesome Pine Trails
alpine ski area. In March, the annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races
begin downtown. The 250-mile segment is a qualifier for the Iditarod race in Alaska and the Yukon Quest in Canada.
Anchored beside Moosehead Lake
, the state’s largest, Greenville is a center for snowmobiling
, ice fishing
, and downhill skiing and snowboarding
What happens when you put a snowmobile parade, radar run, races and a host of other snowmobile events together? You get Rangeley’s annual Snodeo, which attracts thousands of people each winter. Not into snowmobiling? Check out the Rangeley Lakes Trail Center
for backcountry and Nordic skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing.
Near the base of Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain, Millinocket sports an extensive network of Nordic ski trails
as well as snowmobiling
, and ice fishing.
This coastal town could have come out of a snow globe. Its ski area, Camden Snow Bowl
, offers unsurpassed views of the Atlantic. It’s also home to the fun and wacky U.S. National Toboggan Championships
These south-coast towns try hard to enjoy their winters. In Kennebunk, check out The Waterhouse Center
for some ice skating under cover downtown. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the holidays, consider Kennebunkport’s annual Christmas Prelude
, with a tree lighting, parades and Santa arriving by lobster boat.