Cross Country Skiing
On a sparkling winter day, one of the most magical ways to take in Maine’s landscape is to venture out on cross-country skis, gliding quietly through our balsam-scented forests, feeling the sun’s warmth reflecting off the snow and listening for black-capped chickadees chirping in the clean, crisp air. Cross-country skiing is great physical exercise and a fun activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Maine’s Nordic touring centers offer more than 550 kilometers of trails specially groomed and tracked for both classic skiing and skate skiing, so there is plenty of terrain for all interests and ability levels. Just click into your skis, push off with your poles, and you’re off gliding over the deep snow through the wooded hills and river valleys. When it’s time for a break, head to the lodge and warm up with a bowl of homemade chili, chowder or soup next to the roaring fireplace.
Maine’s state parks or public reserved land units offer more than a million acres of wide open country for your winter exploration. Maine’s little-known land trusts provide many truly out-of-the-way opportunities for cross-country skiers to break their own trail. Or strike off into the backcountry on one of Maine’s unique remote hut and lodge ski journeys complete with rustic lodging and hearty meals.
Winter guide services offer gear and personalized access to miles of cross country ski trails where you can discover the majesty of a snow-blanketed forest or meadow, the awesome beauty of a vast frozen lake and the breathtaking sight of high mountain peaks. If you know you want to ski or snowshoe, but don’t know where to start, contact a Maine Professional Guide for a memorable cross-country skiing experience
After an exhilarating day on the trail, retreat to one of our cozy inns, warm yourself by the fire, enjoy a hearty meal, and rest up for another day out on the trails.