cross country skiing and snowshoeing in northern maine

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Maine Winter Sports Center is in Limestone, ME offering 13 trail systems in Aroostock County. This is a world class xc ski and biathlon center with locker rooms and lighted xc ski trails. There are xc ski equipment rentals and lessons. These trails are free to the public.

The Birches Ski Touring Center (800/825-WILD or 9453, www.birches.com) in Rockwood, ME is on the western shore of Moosehead Lake. This 11,000 acre private reserve offers 40 km of groomed xc ski trails and 50 km of ungroomed trails. There are cabins and a log lodge with a restaurant. Lessons, xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals are available. Outdoor sauna and hot tub.

A Fierce Chase XC Ski Trails (207-997-3971, www.afiercechase.com) is in Monson with 14 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. There are cross country ski lessons, and xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals available. Guided full moon wildlife tours. In 2002, A Fierce Chase was recognized as the Eco-Active Leadership Award winner for xc ski resorts for its commitment to wildlife education. CCSAA member

Millinocket Municipal XC Ski Area (207-723-4329) is in Millinocket, ME and it has 40 km of groomed xc ski trails, which are free to the public.

Maine Dogsledding Adventures (207-731-8888, www.mainedogsledding.com) in Millincocket, ME offers dog sled tours and day trips on 10 km of groomed xc ski trails at Nahmakanta Lake Camps and Baxter Park. There are no snowmobiles allowed in the park. Take a dog sled to cabin or historic lodge accommodations with home cooked meals.