Maine Winter Season Preview
MAINE - Inside or outside, alone or with friends, there are many ways to enjoy winter in Maine. Snow sports, winter festivals, unique shopping destinations, and warm and welcoming accommodations bring visitors to Maine.
Here’s a sampling of opportunities for travelers to Maine this winter.
Groomed Trails for Dog and Owner: Give your dog and yourself a workout by trying the sport of skijoring – Nordic skiing while tethered to your canine companion. New England Dogsledding at The Telemark Inn offers a two hour beginner lesson on groomed trails. They provide the harnesses and tether line, and you provide the ski equipment. Guest dogs must be at least 30 pounds, or you can hook up with one of the inn's well trained four-legged friends.
Warm Up with a Cooking Class: The Cooking School at Camden's Hartstone Inn can improve your culinary skills November through May. Join a class to learn how to prepare Mediterranean, Asian, or Tuscan dishes, or be a chef-for-a-day learning one-on-one with Chef Michael Salmon. The Riverside Inn & Restaurant in East Machias offers cooking classes to the public from February to early May. Class topics include breads, desserts, roasts and seafood.
Expanding Wilderness Trails: The Appalachian Mountain Club's Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins is the newest AMC destination in Piscataquis County. Set on Long Pond within the 100-Mile Wilderness, Gorman Chairback is one of three Maine AMC properties connected by cross country trails. Maine Huts & Trails' new Grand Falls Hut on the Dead River means that Nordic skiers and snowshoers now have three overnight options and 30 miles of trail to explore in western Maine. The Grand Falls hut accommodates 32 guests, serves breakfast, dinner and bag lunches, and has radiant heat and solar-powered lighting.
Snowboarding Fun: Sugarloaf has four terrain parks, the Pipe Dreams Superpipe, and the permanent Sidewinder snowboardcross course designed by Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott. Sunday River packs six terrain parks, a 400-foot long Superpipe with 18-foot walls, and lots of small features for beginner boarders. Black Mountain has a terrain park and a 300-foot long half pipe, while Shawnee Peak offers the largest lighted terrain park/halfpipe combo in New England.
To learn more about winter events and attractions in Maine go to www.visitmaine.com .