Maine in Winter

In the previous post, I went over how Maine rocks in the summer. Oppositely, winters in Maine can be exceedingly brutal. The snow falls in buckets and the temperatures can drop well below freezing (and below zero). It is easy to see why Maine’s population sky-rockets in the summer and then drops come late fall. But, before you turn up your nose, lets look at some of the perks that year-rounders’ enjoy during  a winter in Maine.

The snow.

First and foremost, Maine boasts some of the best skiing on the East coast. This is due most in part to Sugarloaf. There are more than one Sugarloaf Mountains in the world, but this one is unique. It is home to the Sugarloaf Ski Resort, a part of the Boyne company which also owns Sunday River in Bethel, Maine (the second best skiing in the state). Sugarloaf boasts the best skiing on the east coast, and here’s why. The mountain itself is the third highest in Maine at 4,237 ft. During the winter, thousands flock to its slopes that have been neatly manicured and groomed to perfection. Located in Carrabassett Valley in Northwestern Maine, which receives some of the highest snowfalls in Maine per year, the mountain is in a great location for skiers all around New England.

Along with skiing, the snow brings other unique opportunities. There are many who enjoy a quiet morning snowshoeing through the deep powder that would otherwise be impassable. There are also a great many who like to ride their sleds with engines, otherwise known as snowmobiles. Maine has some of the most extensive trail networks, allowing for riding all throughout the state. In the winter, it is nearly practical to ride a sled just about anywhere. At the bare minimum, the snow provides a beautiful cover over the already gorgeous Maine scenery. Around Christmas, one can almost always expect it to be white, something that cannot be said for everyone celebrating the holiday, making for a unique (and cliche) experience.

The ice.

Along with skiing, a sport that requires cold weather, Maine also boasts some of the best hockey, skating, and ice fishing on the East coast. When temperatures drop, the ponds freeze, and many people find their local pond to enjoy an afternoon of skating and hockey. In Maine, it is hard to find a person who has never skated. There are a lot of hockey players, but there is also a sub-category of “pond hockey” players, who have never played organized, but can still skate with the best. Maine is also home to many lakes and larger ponds that are perfect venues for ice fishing. For centuries Mainers have been drilling through the ice, grabbing a hot beverage and sitting by the freshly made hole in the ice, waiting for the fish that live just below the firmament.

Maine may not be as delightful in the winter as in the summer. For the same reasons that make the winter enjoyable (the snow and ice) also make winter absolutely terrible. But, if one chooses to look positively, Maine remains a good place to call home.

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