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Maine where to ski

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:57 pm
by Alexstrong
Hey I love near Bangor and am looking for some trails in the area to explore and work on building my downhill xcd skills. I have been using hoks for a few years, and have a pair of Voile Objective BC’s showing up this weekend.

Willing to drive for a good spot.
Thanks,
Alex

Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:57 am
by Franz
Baxter State Park, Maine Woods and Waters National Monument, Acadia, Trails along the East Branch of the Penobscot in Grindstone or head to Maine's western mountains. Tons of good skiing.

Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:30 pm
by Alexstrong
Thanks Franz,

I’ve done a few trips in Baxter, into Daicey Pond. I will have to check out the WWNM and East Branch trails.

Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:26 pm
by sparker1987
I'm new to this stuff and looking for people in the Bangor area to ski with if you'd be willing to let a newbie tag along and fumble about

Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:42 am
by Alexstrong
Sparker Definitely will send you a message

Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:40 pm
by Cannatonic
What about Acadia park and the other hills around Bar Harbor? With all the carriage roads it's like Disneyland of XCD skiing. It's one of the places in David Goodman's book. Also open snowfields & tree skiing with enough snow.

Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:22 pm
by Danylewich
If you want a hut to hut tour, try Maine Huts and Trails system near Sugarloaf and Carrabassett Valley. While it is groomed trails, you can link four huts together that are ski in only and it feels very wild and remote. Fantastic food, shared rooms. I did it in the summer as a hiking trip. My favourite cabin was the most remote one called Grand Falls Hut - amazing. Maine Huts.org. I'm sure the skiing would be fantastic.

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Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:38 pm
by Woodserson
Cannatonic wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:40 pm
What about Acadia park and the other hills around Bar Harbor? With all the carriage roads it's like Disneyland of XCD skiing. It's one of the places in David Goodman's book. Also open snowfields & tree skiing with enough snow.
I've skied here. It's awesome, but you have to nail the weather and snow... as in there has to be snow. It has to be a good year. Jan-March 2015 was great for instance. Right on the ocean like this it can be tough to get. When it's good there are crazy lines you can ski with open pitches and scattered pines and drops. The carriage roads are a delight for XC. The auto-road makes for a good schuss to the summit but comes with snowmobile traffic, which can be good or bad.

Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:31 pm
by Alexstrong
Danylewich wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:22 pm
If you want a hut to hut tour, try Maine Huts and Trails system near Sugarloaf and Carrabassett Valley. While it is groomed trails, you can link four huts together that are ski in only and it feels very wild and remote. Fantastic food, shared rooms. I did it in the summer as a hiking trip. My favourite cabin was the most remote one called Grand Falls Hut - amazing. Maine Huts.org. I'm sure the skiing would be fantastic.

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When I looked at their website recently looks like they are self serve this winter, definitely want to give it a try.

Re: Maine where to ski

Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:59 pm
by Cannatonic
>>In the course of our 11 young years, Maine Huts & Trails has succeeded on so many fronts. Many hands built an organization to be proud of. We created spaces for shared experience that re-energize the soul. We opened the eyes and hearts of thousands of young adventurers to nature and brought them along in a journey to be tomorrow’s generation of environmental stewards. Maine Huts & Trails has come to a juncture. Our ability to open the huts and groom the trails during the upcoming winter season is in jeopardy due to a significant funding shortage.

sorry to see this! Not enough customers I guess, too bad. It seems like no one can get this business model to work in New England. The same thing happened to the Philips Brook yurt system in NH after a few years. Not enough support for BC skiing. Meanwhile the slow-shoers fill up the expensive AMC hut system.