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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in Aroostook County, Maine Region


The Maine Winter Sports Center in based in Caribou, ME (www.mainewsc.org, 207-492-1444) has developed accessible xc ski trails in partnership with various communities in northern Maine. All of these trails are free to the public, professionally designed, and most are groomed regularly. At the heart of this organization is the goal of creating a new economic and cultural model for Maine's rural communities - one that keeps young families together and attracts businesses looking for a high quality of life for their employees. This model community-run non-profit ski areas provide an epicenter for programs for all ages and serve as economic engines for these communities. Included in these trails are two world class full facility venues at the 10th Mountain Center and the Nordic Heritage Center.


Fort Kent Outdoor Center (http://10thmtskiclub.org/, 207-834-7543) in Fort Kent. This world class facility has a 6,000 square foot lodge, lockers, and 25 km of trails many that are year round trails with varying difficulties; roller skiing, lighted trails, lodge, biathlon range, sauna, wax testing hill, waxing building, and views of the valley below. Fort Kent is home to many restaurants, shops, a border crossing, Lonesome Pine Alpine ski hill, hotels, and University of Maine Fort Kent. The Fort Kent Outdoor Center hosted the World Cup Biathlon in 2004.

Location: Off of 11 just South of Fort Kent 1 mile look for the Maine Winter Sports Center's sign.

Nordic Heritage Center - Presque Isle (http://www.nordicheritagecenter.org/, 207-762-6972) This is a world class venue with trails that have varying difficulties; roller skiing, lighted trails, lodge, biathlon range, sauna, wax testing hill, waxing building, mountain bike trails, and a ridge for telemark skiing. The lodge was built in traditional Swedish style. Home of University of Maine Presque Isle.

Location: Between Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield off of 167 on top of and to the East of Quoggy Jo Ski Club, look for the entrance sign just to the East of Quoggy Jo on Rte.167.

>Here is a list of the Maine Winter Sports Center's other community trails:

Aroostook State Park - Year round trails with great views, warming hut, and lakeside trails located in Maine's first State park next to Echo Lake and Quoggy Jo Mountain, south of Presque Isle..
Location: 2 miles South of Presque Isle on Route 1 turn West on Spragueville Road; follow signs to Aroostook State Park.

Aroostook Ski Touring Center - Ashland, ME is a small town that is on Route 11 that leads you on a beautiful drive along lakes and rivers, on your way towards Fort Kent. The Touring Center has classic trails that wind through protected woods in a double figure eight. A nice warming lodge with fireplace, tables, library, historic photos.

Location: Head north of Ashland on Route 11 for 2 1/2 miles and turn right on Wrightville Road. The touring center is at the end of the road about 8 miles down the road.

Black Mountain of Maine - http://www.skiblackmountain.org/cross_country.html, 207-364-8977) In Rumford, ME and the Longfellow Mountain Range, this trail network is part of the alpine ski area operation with 17 km of xc ski trails groomed for skate and classic skiing. There are also 4 km that are covered with snowmaking.
Location: 4 miles from Rumford and 2 miles beyond St. John's Cemetary on Glover Road.


Caribou High School Ski Center - (207-492-2771) This trail network in the town of Caribou, ME in central Aroostook County has a lighted trail and snow making. There is a lodge available for warming up and waxing. The town has many stores, restaurants, and entertainment options available.

Location: Behind the Caribou High School.

Caribou Ski Trails - (207-493-4224) This easy rolling terrain is out of the wind, winding through the woods next to the golf course at the Caribou Country Club.

Location: 3 Miles North of Caribou on Highway 161 at The Caribou Country Club. Blue ski sign marks the entrance.

Caribou Teague Park (207-493-4224) This Ski Park and loop is in the schoolyard. Location: Downtown Caribou on Bennett Drive across from the Rec. Dept.

Fort Fairfield - This restored Aroostook river town on the New Brunswick border has fun trails with a couple of nice short descents.

Location: Behind the Fort Fairfield High School and Elementary School

Limestone Ski Trails at Trafton Lake (207-325-4603) Beautiful potato lands surround the area and the trail is located near lakeside camping and nature trails in the summer. There are winding classic trails and easy skating loops with a connector trail to the town of Limestone. There is a warming hut with a pot belly stove as well as a lighted loop. Location: Head South on Ward Road off of 89 between Caribou and Limestone, just South of Bog road turn East to Trafton Lake as signs indicate; Ski Trails are at the North end of the Parking lot near the Campground. Connector trail in town begins behind the schools


Little Rock Ski Trail -Mars Hill This small town that has restaurants, stores, shops, xc ski trails, and an alpine ski area. There is a groomed 5K trail connecting the high school to alpine ski area ski. Uphill going towards Big Rock

Location: Trails can be accessed from Big Rock Ski area just north of Mars Hill on Route 1a (travel up Boynton Road and follow the signs) or from Central Aroostook High School.

Madawaska 4 Seasons Trail Association (www.fourseasonstrail.org) Madawaska is the most Northeastern town in the US. Situated on Route 1 just across the border from Edmundston, NB, Madawaska is located at the heard of the St. John River Valley. The Four Seasons offers a modern lodge facility, 7 km of groomed xc ski trails along with a 20 km classic track loop. Beautiful snowshoe trails weave within the ski system. All trails start from the lodge on Spring Street.

Location: Spring St. in Madawaska, Maine. The trail head is just 3 minutes from Route 1 and 10 minutes from the Trans Canada Highway

New Sweden Ski Trails - New Sweden is the center of the Swedish culture in Northern Maine, complete with a Swedish store and museum and one of the nicest amphitheaters around. There are two fun winding loop trails, one for skating and one for classic.
Location: Behind and next to the Elementary school in New Sweden; turn west off of 161 for a mile+ on Station road and the school is on the right

Nordic Lakers Cross Country Club Island Trail - Many Swedish descendents, retirees, hunters, fishers, and water lovers call Madawaska Lake home or have a camp on it. Madawaska Lake's backyard year round trail on a timber trail. An easy trail that consists of a 10km loop through the woods with classic tracks set side by side make for great skiing. The Ski shed (lean to shelter) is a ski destination. Stan's lakeside store/restaurant/news exchange/fuel stop/10 cent coffee house/etc. is the center of activity. Trail donation requested.

Location: 8/10 of a mile Southeast of Stan's on highway 161, turn Southwest on the private Madawaska Lake road, Park 200 Yards down on the left at the trail head.


Snowy Mountain Trails -Stockholm. Meticulously groomed figure eight loops and a fun ski park. Currently lights are being installed on some sections of the trails. Mixes of trees make these trails very enjoyable for the arborist and aviary enthusiast. Anderson's Grocery is a general store that began business in 1901 (it is on the National Register of Historic Places). Stockholm also is home of The Stockholm Museum, Eureka Hall Restaurant, American Legion Building, a gas/service station

Location: From downtown Stockholm follow the signs to the school on School Street.

Split Cedar Ski Trails - Van Buren. These trails are around a peaceful pond winding through the woods. Take the Connector trail to town to avoid driving all the way to the trailhead. Van Buren is a border town with the County's only full time Ski/Bike shop and there is also has a pharmacy on the National Historic Registry. More info about the trails can be found at the ski shop.

Location: Out of Van Buren's north end take St Mary's road to the southwest for 4+ miles, trail sign is on the left.

St. Agatha - Cove Corner Wood Trails. The trails wind through the woods at the head of Long Lake. St. Agatha is a beautiful community sitting on the shores of Long Lake. Location: Off of 162 from downtown St. Agatha take Clevland Road about 2 miles following the North end of Long Lake. Just after the hard right turn at the head of the lake you take Rossginol Road to the trails.

Westmanland Ski Trails - This is one of the most beautiful areas in Aroostook county with great views of the mountains to the west and Madawaska Lake and Little Madawaska Lake to the north with more than 35 km of trails, this is the most extensive trail system in the county. There are many winding trails in the woods, as well as trails that are out in the open with fantastic views.

Location: Off of Route 161 head West on Westmanland road, then North on Westmanland road. Parking is located at the Town office as well as at marked trailheads on either side of the road.

Woodland Community Ski Trail - These fun trails along the side of the fields and in the woods make for a great skiing experience. Fun ski park and downhill section out on the trail. Many historic buildings and churches make Woodland a nice place to spend some time.

Location: Behind the Consolidated School


Pineland Farms (www.pinelandfarms.org, 207-688-4539) in the southern region of Maine in New Gloucester, ME. There are 30 km of well-designed groomed trails that are groomed daily for both classic and skate skiing. The trails were designed on more than 4,000 acres of woodlands, fields, and rolling farmlands. They are adjacent to working farms and the Pineland Campus, which is a complex of buildings occupied by businesses, schools and art centers.

The Pineland Farms Visitors Center houses a retail shop and a general store that features products made in Maine. There is also a snack bar, wax rooms and restrooms. Lessons, xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals are available. The Visitors Center offers breathtaking views of Mt. Washington from the main floor.

The Campus Loop trail provides challenging hills and frequent corners designed for competitions. The River Loop along the Royal River crosses fields, forest land and two scenic bridges that were hand-crafted using hemlocks harvested at Pineland Farms.

Located within an hour's drive of 600,000 people, it has quickly become Maine most visited cross-country ski center.

Location: 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, ME 04260. Take the Maine Turnpike to Exit 11 in Gray, Maine. Bear right, straight through the first intersection onto Route 115. At the stop sign, turn left on Route 231, the campus will be on the left.