Skiing and Snow Shoeing in Maine

human-93758_1920Winter in Maine means time to hibernate, right? Wrong! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the snow! 

Go skiing! If your knees are up for some downhill skiing, Maine’s got you covered! Close to Dirigo Pines is Hermon Mountain, family-friendly (also friendly to those of us who haven’t strapped on skis in a while) hill with rentals available. They’ve also got a great tubing park – a fun idea for entertaining the grandkids and those of all ages! Click here for more about Hermon Mountain.

Camden Snow Bowl is not to far either and offers amazing ocean views. Of course, Sunday River and Sugarloaf are close enough for a day trip as well and offer some of the best skiing in New England!

If cross-country skiing is more your style, the Penobscot Valley Ski Club offers a great list of nordic trails on its website (click here). PVSC grooms several trail systems that are free and open to the public. And did you know that all PVSC grooming and trail maintenance is done by volunteers! Trails right here in Orono include the Caribou Bog Ski Trail, trails behind the Orono schools, and University of Maine trails (click here for a UMaine trail map).

Check PVSC’s website for a full list and trail conditions!

Ever been snow shoeing? It’s another great and super fun way to enjoy the snow! Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in nearby Alton (about 10 minutes from Orono) offers some amazing snow shoeing opportunities, as well as the University of Maine. Click here for a list of top snow shoeing spots from the Bangor Daily News’ Outdoors reporter Aislinn Sarnacki.

What’s your favorite winter activity? Share it below!

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