By Joe Hebert
01 Pineland Farms Outdoor Center
Pineland is a 5,000 acre farm, business campus, and recreational center. With a mission “to provide a productive and educational venue that enriches the community,” it’s an ideal location for cross-country skiing. The farm’s Welcome Center houses an Outdoor Center offering equipment for rent or sale. Make a weekend out
02 Nordic Ski + Snowshoe Center at The Bethel Inn Resort
Located directly behind the turn-of-the-century resort are 35 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts. Additionally, the Nordic Ski Center recently partnered with the Outdoor Center at the Sunday River Inn. Enjoy an additional 40 kilometers of trails just ten minutes away from the resort at no extra cost. Both Centers feature equipment rentals and lessons. At night, relax in the resort’s outdoor heated pool.
03 Nordic Heritage Center
The Nordic Heritage Center consists of a 6,500 square foot lodge, 20 kilometers of ski trails, a state-of-the-art wax building, and a terrain park for cross-country skiing. Trail usage is free of charge, and theres a rental center should you need equipment. Lodge hours are 6 a.m. through 10 p.m. and the trails are lit from 4:30 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. daily to allow for nighttime skiing.
04 10th Mountain Ski Center
A nonprofit organization, the 10th Mountain Ski Club promotes healthy lifestyles and economic growth through its facilities, trails, and events. The center acts as both a biathlon facility and cross-country ski center. There are 25 kilometers of ski trails, with three kilometers lit for night skiing. Enjoy the sauna or the fieldstone fireplace in the centers Mountain Lodge after a long day outside.
05 Maine Huts + Trails
The nonprofit Maine Huts and Trails seeks to promote ecotourism in the Western Mountain region. The program currently features four hutsStratton Brook, Poplar, Flagstaff, and Grand Fallsconnected by a network of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Ski rentals are available at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.
06 Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm
A National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells Reserve at Laudholm offers year-round activities. Visit their site to learn about recommended routes throughout the reserves seven miles of easy to moderate skiing and snowshoeing trails. There are three recommended routesthe Salt Marsh Loop, the Forest Interpretive Trail, and Laudholm Beacheach of which focuses on a different aspect of the Reserves mission.