Friday, February 29, 2008

Snowman Adventure Race - Portland, Maine (Mar 1, 2008)

The Snowman Adventure Race will take place on the Eastern Promenade of Portland, Maine on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 11:00 am. The teams are made up of two individuals and they will run, bike, and sled their way to victory! This is sponsored by Portland Trails and Casco Bay Sports.

Sunday River Ski Report - 15 Feet of Snow!

First Tracks! has posted an update on Sunday River Ski Resort. Read the Feb 28, 2008 report entitled "Season Snowfall at Maine's Sunday River Ski Resort 15 Feet and Counting". Click here for more information on ski resorts in Maine.

Ski Saddleback, Maine

Saddleback is one of the best ski resorts in Maine. The Ski guide "Trail Head" has posted an article on Feb 27, 2008 on this ski destination. A description of the ski area and photos are included. See "Ski guide: Saddleback". Click here to learn more about alpine skiing in Maine.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Maine Ice Fishing Story

The Kennebec Journal ran a humorous and touching story of a family going ice fishing. Read more in "Hoping for better luck next time".

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Snowshoes Made The Old-Fashioned Way

An Eagle Lake, Maine man was featured on news report on how he makes snowshoes. See the February 26, 2008 report entitled "Maine man makes snowshoes the old-fashioned way". Click on the video to see the report.

Frye Mountain, Maine Ski Trek (Mar 8, 2008)

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will lead a cross-country ski trip on Frye Mountain. Click here to read more about the Ski Trek on Frye Mountain.

Maine Ice Fishing Report (Feb 26, 2008)

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has published their Weekly Fishing Report by Regional Fishery Biologists. Click on the following link to read the report:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Maine Maple Sugarhouses

The maple sugarhouses in Maine are beginning the maple sugar season. This painting of a sugarhouse on Maple Hill Farm in Farmington, Maine was done by Ruth Carlson-Friberg of Oxford, Maine. Sugaring has been a traditional activity in Maine. For more information on maple sugar products and the activity of maple sugaring see "Maine Maple Sugar".

Monday, February 25, 2008

Maine Maple Syrup Season to Begin

Maine's maple syrup season starts anytime between mid-February and late March. The success of the season depends greatly on the temperature. Mother Nature gets "a vote". Read "Syrup producers looking for rebound", Portland Press Herald, Feb 24, 2008. Also see "Maine's maple syrup season begins", Bangor Daily News, Feb 23, 2008. March 23, 2008 will be "Maine Maple Sunday" - where Maine's maple producers open the doors of their sugarhouses and show the public how maple syrup is made. Click here to see recipes using Maine maple syrup. For more information click on Maine Maple Syrup.

Northern Maine Birds Blog

I have added a very nicely done blog on birding in Maine. The blog is called Northern Maine Birds and I have added it to my blog roll found in the lower, right hand corner of this blog page. Feel free to visit this wonderfully written blog with excellent photos.

Maine Ice Fishing Update (Feb 25, 2008)

Read up on the results of a couple of Maine ice fishing derbies that took place over the weekend. The Norway-Paris Fish and Game Associations 38th annual two-day ice fishing derby and the 29th annual Larry Mercier Memorial Mexico Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby were held. Read more on both derbies in "Fishing derby contestants angle for a bite", Sun Journal, Feb 24, 2008. In another article an "IF&W biologist fields five fishy questions", Village Soup, Feb 25, 2008. The Northwoods Wanderings (a blog) has listed information on "Regional Fishing Reports Aroostook and Penobscot Counties".

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Maine Outdoor Adventure Club Ski the Ellis River Trail

The exploits of the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club are highlighted in a blog by the "Ski Bum" in the website in a posting - "Famous-Famous XC".

Camp to Camp Skiing in Maine

Read an account on cross country skiing in Maine near Moosehead Lake while traveling from rustic camp to rustic camp separated by 7-10 miles. Here is a description of an wonderful nordic experience presented by the Applachian Mountain Club (AMC) and the West Branch Pond Camps. Read "MAINE LINING: Campt to Camp cross-country skiing in Maine",, Feb 24, 2008. Click here for information on the AMC's Camp to Camp Skiing Packages.

Maine Snowmobile Update (Feb 24, 2008)

Some snowmobilers are taking risks by sledding on thin ice. Read news on this topic in "Sledders: No more riding on thin ice", Bangor Daily News, Feb 19, 2008.

Maine Alpine Skiing Update (Feb 24, 2008)

Sugarloaf has loads of activities planned for the upcoming week - with lots of college students on their weeks vacation - see "Big Snow, Big Events in Store for Sugarloafers" by (Feb 18, 2008). Read an interesting article on the quality of snow that Maine has been receiving - "Is light, fluffy powder a thing of the past?", Morning Sentinel, Feb 23, 2008.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Ice Fishing in Maine (22 Feb 08 Update)

Take a look at a 15 lbs Northern Pike on display on the Maine Hunting and Fishing Blog. That is a big fish! There are warnings out there about thin ice - so be careful. Read the News Center posting on 21 Feb 08 entitled "Wardens, Fishing Derby Organizers Warn Anglers To Watch For Thin Ice". Outdoors has posted its latest Ice Fishing Report (Feb 20, 2008).

Maine Huts and Trails Now Open

Cross country skiers have a new avenue for enjoyment with the opening of Maine Huts and Trails. Read the posting by "Ski Bum" of February 22, 2008 entitled "Maine Huts and Trains open for business". The Mission Statement for Maine Huts & Trails is posted below:

Maine Huts and Trails was founded by Mainers who share a vision for preserving our state's naturally beautiful remote areas. To that end we will build and operate a 180-mile recreational corridor from the Mahoosucs to Moosehead. The corridor will include a network of huts, trails and waterway corridors. This unique resource will preserve some of Western Maine's best backcountry for the purposes of conservation and environmentally sensitive economic development, and ensure public access for generations to come.

Click here for more information on Nordic skiing in Maine.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Nordic Skiing Areas in Maine

The Travel-Maine.Info website has published a new page. It is the Maine Nordic Skiing web page and provides a listing of the areas in Maine that offer Nordic or cross-country skiing packages.

Turner, ME - One Lunger Vintage Race (Feb 23, 08)

The Turner Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club will be hosting the One Lunger 100 Vintage Snowmobile Race on Feb 23, 2008. Click here for more information on snowmobiling in Maine.

Western Maine Dog Sled Races (Feb 23, 2008)

On Saturday, February 23, 2008 the Western Maine Dog Sled Races (about 40 miles) will be held in Oquossoc, Maine. Read more on this race in the Irregular news posting of Feb 6, 2008 entitled "The joy of mushing".

Sebago Lake, Maine - WinterFest & DerbyFest (Feb 08)

The Sebago Lake, Maine WinterFest and DerbyFest are kicking off. There are a host of winter events taking place such as the ice fishing derby, snowmobilie races, "Polar Dip", ice scuptures, lighting ceremony, ice racing, pig roast, cross country ski race, festival and more. For more information read the article of Feb 17, 2008 entitled "WinterFest and DerbyFest Gearing Up for a Good Time!".

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Winter Recreation in Portland, Maine

The number of winter activities available in Portland, Maine is growing. From skiing to ice skating to snowboarding, there are an abundance of things to do in the winter in Portland. Read more on this subject in the Kennebec Journal article of Feb 16, 2008 entitled "Portland's winter recreation reputation grows".

Millinocket, Maine - Katahdin Area Winterfest (Feb 16, 2008)

Millinocket, Maine will host the Katahdin Area Winterfest on February 16, 2008. Read more in the Bangor Daily News article of Feb 14, 2008 entitled "Millinocket: Winterfest hails 2 new events".

Friday, February 15, 2008

Dogsledding in Maine

Maine has a few winter recreational centers where one can enjoy the thrills of dogsledding. One of these is New England Dogsledding located in Mason Township, Maine. The center offers two and three-day packages.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Maine Shanty Can Make Ice Fishing Fun

Read an interesting article on ice fishing in Maine published on Feb 9, 2008 by the Bangor Daily News. See "Cozy shanty makes frigid ice fishing fun". Click here for more information on ice fishing on Maine.

Skiing Mt. Abram, Maine

The website has posted an article about skiing at Mount Abram located in Locke Mills, Maine. The mountain is easy to get to - just drive up Route 26. To read the article click on - "Trail Head: Ski Guide: Mt. Abram". Click here for more information on skiing in Maine.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Snow Is Good For Maine Snowmobilers

The continued snowfall every day here in the state of Maine has made for excellent snowmobiling conditions. The Morning Sentinel has posted an article (Feb 10, 2008) about the abundance of snow. See "String of snowstorms is good news for retailers and sled drivers". Click here for more information about snowmobiling in Maine.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Maine WinterFest at Sebago Lake (Feb 22-24, 2008)

The Sebago Lake, Maine area will host their Maine WinterFest from February 22-24, 2008. To read more about this fun event read the posting of Feb 12, 2008 entitled "Reeling them in: Winterfest arrives". For more information click on Ice Fishing Derby and WinterFest.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Eaton Mountain Encourages New Ski Students With Reasonable Prices

The Eaton Mountain ski resort located in Skowhegan, Maine has unique pricing schemes to encourage high school skiers to learn to ski. Read the Kennebec Journal news posting of 11 Feb 08 entitled "Eaton Mountain owner commended for long view".

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Telemark Festival at Sunday River, Maine (Feb 23, 2008)

The 6th Annual Maine Telemark Festival will be held at Sunday River, Newry, Maine on February 23, 2008. Clinics will be offered on telemark skiing. Click here for more information on Sunday River.

Black Mountain of Rumford, Maine

The Sun Journal has posted an article about skiing at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine. The article, published on February 9, 2008 is entitled "Black Mountain worth ride to top". Click here for Black Mountain's website.

Maine Ski Heritage Classic (Feb 16, 2008 at Sugarloaf)

The first annual Maine Ski Heritage Classic will be held on February 16, 2008 at Sugarloaf. It will be an exposition of classic ski equipment and clothing and will benefit the Ski Museum of Maine which is located in Farmington, Maine. Read more in the Morning Sentinel news posting of Feb 9, 2008 entitled "Sugarloaf exhibit celebrates Maine ski history". The has published an article about skiing at Sugarloaf - see "Families Flock to Sugarloaf for February Vacation". Click here to go to Sugarloaf's website. Click here for more information on skiing in Maine.

Geocaching in Maine

Geocaching is a sport that is rising in popularity - using GPS technology in the pursuit of the outdoors. For those of you who want to know more about the new sport of "geocaching" in Maine - the following website should help. "Geocaching in Maine". The website has loads of contacts, a forum, and a geocaching events list.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Caribou, Maine Winter Carnival & Snowmobile Festival (Feb 7-10, 2008)

Caribou, Maine will hold its Winter Carnival & Snowmobile Festival during February 7-10, 2008. The scheduled events include skiing, shows, dances, bonfires, drag racing, family events and more. For more information click on Caribou Winter Carnival.

Maine Snowmobile News (Feb 6, 2008)

Snow has been abundant this year. Read some news and blog postings on snowmobiling in Maine.

"Newport: Pine Tree Ride-In racers untroubled by winter weather", Bangor Daily News, Feb 4, 2008.
"St. Agatha: County flush with fun over weekend", Bangor Daily News, Feb 5, 2008.
"The need for speed", Sun Journal, Jan 27, 2008.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Snow Tubing in Maine - Oxford Plains (Feb 10, 2008)

A snow tubing event will be held near the Oxford Plains Speedway on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine on February 10, 2008 from 33 - 6 p.m. Read more in the news posting - Snow Tubing at Oxford Plains. For more information click on Oxford Plains Snow Tubing - (website).

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Winter Week Family Festival - Bangor, Maine (Feb 10-17, 2008)

The City of Bangor, Maine will hold its Winter Week Family Festival during February 10-17, 2008. There will be retail sales in the downtown area, horse carriage rides, outdoor games, food activities and more. The location is downtown Bangor. For more information call (207) 947-8004.

Sleigh Day at Skyline Farm (North Yarmouth, Maine)

Ever ride in a horse-drawn sleigh in the snow? this is possible at Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth, Maine. This farm offers a variety of outdoor activities. Read more in the Portland Press Herald (Feb 3, 2008) news posting entitled "Sleighs bring out the kid in everyone".

Nordic Skiing in Maine (Feb 4, 2008)

With the copious amounts of snow Nordic skiers in Maine are out there enjoying themselves. Read an update of cross-country skiing in Maine by a Maine blog. "Week of 2/4 Update", Maine Coast Nordic Blog, Feb 4, 2008.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Maine Dog Sledding Update (4 Jan 08)

Since we are in the middle of winter it is only natural that one of Maine's more exciting outdoor sports be holding events throughout the region. What follows are a few of the news articles and blogs being posted about dog-sledding in Maine.

"A day at the races", Feb 3, 2008, Morning Sentinel.
"Quick Learner", Feb 2, 2008, Nellie Blog.
"Quebec native Baril captures 100-mile race", Jan 28, 2008, Bangor Daily News.
SnowRunner RacingSiberians. Jan 17, 2008.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Farmington, Maine Dog Sled race

Farmington, Maine held its annual dog sled race this weekend. Read more in the Morning Sentinel report of Feb 1, 2008 entitled "Farmington Dog sled races this weekend".

Maine Dogsledding - Can-Am March 1, 2008

There will be 25 dog sledders taking part in the 16th Annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race on March 1, 2008 at Fort Kent, Maine. Read more in the Bangor Daily News posting (2 Feb 08) entitled "Top competitors set for Can-Am race March 1".

Saturday, February 2, 2008

February Festivals in Maine

Maine has an abundance of festivals to attend. Some include the Skowhegan Winter Carnival on Feb 2, 2009, the International Snowmobiliers Festival on Feb 6-8, 2009, and the annual Family Fest at Shawnee Peak.