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Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Carters XC Ski Centers in Bethel and Oxford

786 Intervale Road, Bethel, ME and 420 Main Street, Oxford, ME 04270

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The Carter's XC Ski Centers (207-824-3880, www.cartersxcski.com) are in Bethel and Oxford. Maine. The Bethel location has beautiful views of the Mahoosuc and Presidential mountain ranges, and the land has been in the Carter family for generations. The Oxford trails are great for beginner and intermediate xc skiers.

The trails are open from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Trail passes are $14 per day for adults, $10 for students aged 6-18 and senior citizens, and kids under 6 years old ski free.

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Carter's XC Ski Center in Bethel is on 1,000 acres and has 55 km of groomed trails and 3 lodges. The Willow Brook Lodge can accommodate a family of group up to 8 people. There are 3 bedrooms and 4 baths, a full kitchen, living area, fireplace, and appliances. The lodge rents for $275 per night for up to 6 guests. A single room in the lodge is available for 2 guests for $99. Each additional guest is $30 per night.

Camp Fern is a cabin, which has a wood stove and sleeps up to 8. Overnight accommodations are $99 for 2 guests and $30 for each additional guest. The Bethel site also has the larger Farwell Mountain Lodge and the newly renovated Willow Brook Lodge

The Oxford location has a full Ski Equipment Center retail store with an extensive product selection and 25 km of groomed trails. The store hours are 10 -5. On Tuesdays there is a 2 for 1 trail pass offer at the Oxford ski center.

carters 3There are rental equipment for xc ski, snowshoeing and backcountry and race skiing. Rentals area $14 for a xc ski package and $10 for kids under 5 feet. Snowshoes rent for $12. Backcountry and racing rental gear is more. Demo equipment is on hand and there are pulk sleds to take babies or toddlers on the trails with you. Ski instruction is available for $15 in group lessons or $60 for private Learn to Ski package that includes rental equipment and trail pass with the lesson. A private lesson is $39 for an individual.

Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 63 at Gray. Make left at stop light, then right on Route 26A. Go 19 miles to the Carter's store in Oxford. The store is on the left. Look for the skiing raccoon. From Oxford, the Bethel area is about 35 miles north on Rte. 26 to the high school in Bethel and then take a right on Intervale Road and 3.5 miles to Carter's.

The Sunday River Ski Resort, which is one of the most comprehensive alpine ski resorts in New England is nearby. Bethel, ME has all that is expected of a New England town focused on travelers with restaurants, shops and a full list of activities all year long. CCSAA member