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Jan
19
Fri
Trails & Tavern @ Bethel Inn Resort/Bethel Village Trails
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Trails & Tavern @ Bethel Inn Resort/Bethel Village Trails | Bethel | Maine | United States

Do you like/love to ski but don’t want to go it alone? Join our weekly group that skis from 1-3pm Fridays at BVT, then heads to the Millbrook Tavern at The Bethel Inn Resort for Happy Hour (1/2 price apps & taps). All are welcome! Season members join for free, and non-members ski for only $10. The group is led by local adventurer Pam Kearney, who loves to ski with friends and meet new people. Join up with her inside the Trails Center at 1pm. Call with any questions at 207.824.6276 or check in with Pam at 781.953.6017

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/1393726504071111/

Jan
20
Sat
Free Fat Bike Riding and Demo Day at Harris Farm @ Harris Farm
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Free Fat Bike Riding and Demo Day at Harris Farm @ Harris Farm | Dayton | Maine | United States

We had such a blast at last year’s we figured why not do it all again?

Join us at the Harris Farm XC ski center in Biddeford on Sat, Jan 20th from 8am to 10am for free fat bike riding and demos. It’s starting early as the temperatures are scheduled to rise as the day goes on.

In case you don’t know, the Harris Farm has been grooming its nordic trails for nearly 30 years and their trail system stretches 25 miles covering over 1,000 acres. The farm is located at 280 Buzzell Rd, Biddeford, ME 04005 which is only about 10 mins drive from either the Saco or Biddeford exits of the Maine Turnpike.

Kennebunkport Bicycle Company will be bringing bikes for everyone to demo and try out so make sure you chat with them if you’ve never been on a fat bike before and want to see what all the fuss is about.

Come by, talk bikes and take advantage of the farm’s warming area and coffee and snack opportunities.

I (Jason) will start riding around 8 for an hour or so before I need to leave and open up the shop. Hope to see you there. Let’s ride!

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/177137506223945/

Starlight Cross-Country Ski Tour @ Fogg Farm
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starlight Cross-Country Ski Tour @ Fogg Farm | Freeport | Maine | United States

By the light of the evening sky, escape into the tranquil, snow-covered landscape on this relaxing Starlight Cross-Country Ski Tour. You’ll begin the evening with a step-by-step introduction to the basic techniques for enjoying this invigorating aerobic activity. Our expert instructors will teach you how to stride, pole and turn, plus give you friendly advice and tips on navigating different types of terrain.

You’ll then practice what you’ve learned on a three-hour guided ski excursion at L.L.Bean’s private, groomed facility. Along the way, your guides will share their knowledge of the wildlife that thrives in this winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you’ll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We’ll also provide all the necessary cross-country ski equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

FMI: www.llbean.com

Jan
21
Sun
Introduction to Skate Skiing Course @ Fogg Farm
Jan 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Introduction to Skate Skiing Course @ Fogg Farm | Freeport | Maine | United States

Conditions permitting – Skate skiing is a fun, fast and exciting way to explore groomed cross-country skis trails. Our expert instructors will begin the course with a comprehensive overview of skate-skiing fundamentals, including weight transfer, poling and timing. They’ll guide you, step by step, through skate-skiing basics, showing you the best techniques for various types of terrain. You’ll also learn the difference between classic and skate skiing plus receive recommendations from your instructors on the equipment best suited for your interests.

You’ll then practice what you’ve learned with your instructor on L.L.Bean’s private, groomed trails. You’ll leave this course with the skills necessary to confidently skate ski on your own.

All necessary skate-skiing equipment is provided.

Please note this course is weather dependent.

Our two-hour Introduction to Skate Skiing is a great way to learn all the skills you’ll need for gliding over the snow-covered trails this winter.

  • Prerequisite:  Experience with cross-country skiing’s classic technique and ability to control speed and stop on downhills
  • Activity level:  Moderate
  • Minimum age:  14 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

FMI: www.llbean.com

39th Annual January Thaw 4.5-Miler Road Race @ Belgrade Central School
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am
39th Annual January Thaw 4.5-Miler Road Race @ Belgrade Central School | Belgrade | Maine | United States

Run, walk, waddle, or race and join Central Maine Striders for an invigorating run at the 39th annual 4.5-mile January Thaw Road Race. This year’s race is scheduled for Sunday, January 21, at 11 a.m. at the Belgrade Central School.

The top female and male runners will receive $50 gift certificates each from New Balance. There also will be a post-race raffle for all runners with movie passes to local movie theaters, $20 gift certificates from local businesses like the Korner Store & Deli – Oakland, Maine, and gift certificates from local lumberyards. All runners get lightweight cotton gloves.

Refreshments will be served after the race in the Belgrade Central School cafeteria and will include oranges, bananas, hot chili, dark chocolate brownies, and Poland Spring water.

In the case of severe weather, the race will be held on Sunday, January 28, instead.

Registration (note: there is day-of registration only): http://www.centralmainestriders.com/uploads/1/8/4/3/18434687/januarythawregistration2018.pdf

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/693862517488903/

Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series @ Bradbury Mountain
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am
Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series @ Bradbury Mountain | Pownal | Maine | United States

Trail Monster Running is proud to host the Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine. The Bradbury Mountain Snowshoe Series test racers on three separate courses circling and climbing Bradbury Mountain in all manner of snow conditions. We hope to see you this winter.

2018 SCHEDULE
All races start at 11:00am.

Bradbury Squall, 3 miles – Sunday, January 21

Bradbury White Out, 4 miles – Sunday, February 11

Bradbury Blizzard, 5 miles – Sunday, March 4

Race and snow condition updates will be available on our FACEBOOK page.

Thanks to Dion Snowshoes for providing a limited number of loaner snowshoes for all our races. Snowshoes will be available on a first come first serve basis to registered racers. An email will be sent to registered racers a week before each race to announce snowshoe availability. You must be registered to reserve snowshoes. Even if you have previously requested snowshoes on your registration form, in a separate email, on Facebook, by carrier pigeon, smoke signals, etc., you must respond to the email in order to be on the snowshoe loaner list. Ultimately, all racers are responsible for having snowshoes at the race. In the same way that we cannot provide running shoes for everyone, we can’t be expected to provide snowshoes. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but having the proper gear is the racer’s responsibility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking at Bradbury Mountain State Park is very limited, and we encourage carpooling to the races whenever possible. Thank you

FMI: trailmonsterrunning.com/bradburysnow

Jan
24
Wed
Runaway Wednesdays @ Various pubs in Portland
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm
Runaway Wednesdays @ Various pubs in Portland | Portland | Maine | United States

Runaways Run Club is a Maine based weekly running meetup that offers Wednesday night pub runs and Sunday morning trail runs, for all speeds and levels.

FMI: www.facebook.com/runawaywednesdays

Jan
26
Fri
Trails & Tavern @ Bethel Inn Resort/Bethel Village Trails
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Trails & Tavern @ Bethel Inn Resort/Bethel Village Trails | Bethel | Maine | United States

Do you like/love to ski but don’t want to go it alone? Join our weekly group that skis from 1-3pm Fridays at BVT, then heads to the Millbrook Tavern at The Bethel Inn Resort for Happy Hour (1/2 price apps & taps). All are welcome! Season members join for free, and non-members ski for only $10. The group is led by local adventurer Pam Kearney, who loves to ski with friends and meet new people. Join up with her inside the Trails Center at 1pm. Call with any questions at 207.824.6276 or check in with Pam at 781.953.6017

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/1393726504071111/

Jan
27
Sat
Mainely Ski & Ride: Sugarloaf @ Bus leaves from Park and Ride
Jan 27 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Mainely Ski & Ride: Sugarloaf @ Bus leaves from Park and Ride | Portland | Maine | United States

Mainely Ski & Ride is a day-trip service based in Portland Maine where skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a day on the mountain without worrying about the drive home at the end of a long day.

Packages include round-trip transportation on a coach bus, full-day lift ticket, coffee/bagels/movie and new friends for the ride!

Fit Maine checked it out last year: Get a ride to Sunday River or Sugarloaf (and a lift ticket) with Mainely Ski & Ride

There are trips scheduled for Sunday River and Sugarloaf. Check the complete calendar for all the trips and more info: www.mainelyskiandride.com

Lost Valley Winter Duathlon @ Lost Valley Ski Area'
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am
Lost Valley Winter Duathlon @ Lost Valley Ski Area' | Auburn | Maine | United States

Discipline(s):Snowshoe, Nordic Ski, Ski Mountaineering

Race Options:

Solo 5km Snowshoe
Solo 10km Duathlon
Team 10km Duathlon
750ft vert Ski Mountaineering (3-lap)
1250ft Ski Mountaineering (5-lap)

Event Description:

Baxter Outdoors continues the Packed Powder Series with a stop at Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn, Maine and part of the Auburn Winter Fest. This classic local ski hill with over 10km of cross country ski trails will play host as we snowshoe and nordic ski our way through the woods of central Maine.

The race can be tackled as a solo 5km snowshoe, solo 10km duathlon, or team 10km duathlon. We will also offer a 3-lap and 5-lap ski mountaineering course. The 5km snowshoe course will take place on single track trails throughout the woods. The nordic course will be set on the Auburn Nordic Ski Association trails behind Lost Valley Ski Area.

XC Skiers will race first at 10:00am. Duathlon teams will transition directly into their snowshoe leg. Solo snowshoers will begin at 10:05am

Baxter Outdoors is proud to partner with TruStrength Athletics for the Ski Mountaineering portion of this event. Ski mo racers may choose from a 750′ vert course (3 laps) or a 1250′ vert option (5 laps). Each lap includes 250 feet of vertical. Ski mo will be open to all telemark, Randonee/AT, and split boarders.

All races will start and finish near the Lost Valley base lodge .

Price:

$25/$30 —– 5km Snowshoe (Solo): Early Bird/Normal

$30/$35 —– 10km Duathlon (Solo): Early Bird/Normal

$50/$60 —– 10km Duathlon (Team): Early Bird/Normal

$25/$30 —– 750′ Ski Mountaineering (Solo – 3 laps): Early Bird/Normal

$30/$35 —– 1250′ Ski Mountaineering (Solo – 5 laps): Early Bird/Normal

*Youth 16 & under always race for $15

*Early Bird pricing ends on 12/27/2017

What’s Included:

● Entry to race
● Baxter Outdoors: multi-use bandana buff
● Day-of race snacks and water
● Other Baxter Outdoors swag (i.e. stickers, magnets, etc)
● A cooldown beer (must be over 21)

Event Schedule:

8:30am: Race registration opens
9:30am: Race registration ends
9:30am: Ski Mountaineering Shotgun Start
10:00am: Shotgun start for nordic ski
10:30am: Shotgun start for snowshoe

FMI: http://www.baxteroutdoors.com/events/winter3.html

Full Moon Snowshoe @ Randall Orchards
Jan 27 @ 4:30 pm

Join us for a full moon winter walk on Randall Orchards – the farm we helped protect as farmland forever. We will meet at the farm at sunset and head out to explore the 500-acres of conserved orchard and forest while watching the full moon rise.

After an hour guided walk, led by Master Naturalist, Jeanne Christie and Board President Mike Parker, we will end with hot cider from apples grown and pressed onsite at the orchard.

Limited space; RSVP required to info@prlt.org.

FMI: www.prlt.org

Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starlight Snowshoe Tour @ LL Bean Freeport | Freeport | Maine | United States

By the light of the evening sky, our expert instructors will lead you and your family on a unique outdoor excursion through the snow-covered landscape. They’ll give a brief demonstration of snowshoeing basics, then help you improve your technique on the easygoing terrain. Along the way, they’ll share their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in the winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you’ll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We’ll also provide all the necessary snowshoeing equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

FMI: www.llbean.com

Jan
28
Sun
2-Hut Guided Ski Adventure with Maine Huts & Trails @ Grand Falls Hut > Flagstaff Hut
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm

Gear up for a three-day, two-night hut-to-hut adventure. Let a Registered Maine Guide lead you along some of our most scenic backcountry trails on the way to Grand Falls Hut for the first night. Experience the stunning views along the Dead River and Flagstaff Lake on the way to Flagstaff Hut, where you’ll spend your second night. Delicious meals, hot showers, crackling woodstoves and friendly people await you at each hut.

3-Day/2-Night @ 2 Huts (Grand Falls Hut > Flagstaff Hut)

Included
Two nights’ lodging in two different huts, all meals, three gear shuttles and guide for three days.

Pricing
Peak Pricing
Adult Youth (15 & under)
Members $465.50/person $341.50/person
Non-Members $493.50/person $355.50/person

Peak Dates: 12-Jan, 18-Feb

Value Pricing
Adult Youth (15 & under)
Members $389.50/person $303.50/person
Non-Members $409.50/person $313.50/person

Value Dates:
28-Jan, 14-Mar

FMI: mainehuts.org/trips/2-hut-guided-ski-adventure-grand-falls-flagstaff

WinterCat Alley Cat Race @ Monument Square, Portland, maine
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WinterCat Alley Cat Race @ Monument Square, Portland, maine | Portland | Maine | United States

The Portland Gear Hub is hosting WinterCat, an alley cat race and fundraiser. An alley cat race is a bike race with no set route, but with a list of stops and a finishing point, similar to a scavenger hunt. Get costumed up for the best event of the winter! Race as teams or individuals. All levels of ability/competition welcome. Win prizes and race to the finish and after party!

$8/person entry fee. Save on registration when you race in teams of 3 or 4! Register in advance online, at the Gear Hub, or on the day of the race.

Register Here: https://campketcha.secure.force.com/events/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a0LC000001132PwMAI

A WinterCat embraces any and all weather and loves the snow. Dress up, dress warm, and be ready to bike, snowshoe, ski, and sled at the stops along the way.

Funds raised from WinterCat will support the winter youth programs at the Gear Hub Bike School.

Jan
30
Tue
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Explore the wonders of nature under the light of the full moon at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Let your eyes adjust to the ambient light, enjoy the shadows and the sounds of coyotes, owls, and the trees blowing in the wind. We’ll end the evening with a hot drink and camaraderie at one of the heated cabins. Meet at the gate promptly for a 2.5 mile trek to the pond for the full moon rising. Please no dogs. If you are borrowing our snowshoes, please make arrangements and arrive early for a fitting.

FMi: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/full-moon-hike-3/

Jan
31
Wed
Runaway Wednesdays @ Various pubs in Portland
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm
Runaway Wednesdays @ Various pubs in Portland | Portland | Maine | United States

Runaways Run Club is a Maine based weekly running meetup that offers Wednesday night pub runs and Sunday morning trail runs, for all speeds and levels.

FMI: www.facebook.com/runawaywednesdays

Full Moon Hike @ Emmons Preserve
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Emmons Preserve | Kennebunkport | Maine | United States

Enjoy the magic of winter with a full moon hike at the Emmons Preserve! KCT Board Member, Russ Grady, will lead the group on a moderate 3 mile hike on the Trust’s trails. There will be several opportunities to stop along the way and enjoy the glow of the moon. Weather will dictate gear (snow shoes, poles, winter clothes, etc…). While we hope to use the moon light, bringing a flash light or headlamp is always a good idea. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice to enjoy in the headquarters after the hike. Meet at our headquarters located at 57 Gravelly Brook Road in Kennebunkport at 8pm. Free, all welcome!

Thanks to C.A. Smith Photography for his full moon photo taken in the Smith Preserve.

https://www.facebook.com/events/284288665426671/

Feb
1
Thu
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek @ Pisgah Hill Preserve, Dougherty Road trailhead, Pownal
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek @ Pisgah Hill Preserve,  Dougherty Road trailhead, Pownal | Pownal | Vermont | United States

Thursday, February 1st, 2018. Join us for our 7th annual full moon hike/social event atop Pisgah Hill in New Gloucester. Cars line Dougherty Road; in 2017 seventy-five members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends hiked the loop trail through the perfect amount of new snow, shared some cheer at the summit, toasted with hot cocoa, toasted marshmallows, and hooted at the big orange rising moon under the only three hours of clear sky all week.

We can’t wait to see you for our 7th annual, only a few moons away.

FMI: rrct.org

Feb
2
Fri
Trails & Tavern @ Bethel Inn Resort/Bethel Village Trails
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Trails & Tavern @ Bethel Inn Resort/Bethel Village Trails | Bethel | Maine | United States

Do you like/love to ski but don’t want to go it alone? Join our weekly group that skis from 1-3pm Fridays at BVT, then heads to the Millbrook Tavern at The Bethel Inn Resort for Happy Hour (1/2 price apps & taps). All are welcome! Season members join for free, and non-members ski for only $10. The group is led by local adventurer Pam Kearney, who loves to ski with friends and meet new people. Join up with her inside the Trails Center at 1pm. Call with any questions at 207.824.6276 or check in with Pam at 781.953.6017

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/1393726504071111/

Feb
3
Sat
Mainely Ski & Ride: Sunday River @ Bus leaves from Park and Ride
Feb 3 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Mainely Ski & Ride: Sunday River @ Bus leaves from Park and Ride | Portland | Maine | United States

Mainely Ski & Ride is a day-trip service based in Portland Maine where skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a day on the mountain without worrying about the drive home at the end of a long day.

Packages include round-trip transportation on a coach bus, full-day lift ticket, coffee/bagels/movie and new friends for the ride!

Fit Maine checked it out last year: Get a ride to Sunday River or Sugarloaf (and a lift ticket) with Mainely Ski & Ride

There are trips scheduled for Sunday River and Sugarloaf. Check the complete calendar for all the trips and more info: www.mainelyskiandride.com

Introduction to Skate Skiing Course @ Fogg Farm
Feb 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Introduction to Skate Skiing Course @ Fogg Farm | Freeport | Maine | United States

Conditions permitting – Skate skiing is a fun, fast and exciting way to explore groomed cross-country skis trails. Our expert instructors will begin the course with a comprehensive overview of skate-skiing fundamentals, including weight transfer, poling and timing. They’ll guide you, step by step, through skate-skiing basics, showing you the best techniques for various types of terrain. You’ll also learn the difference between classic and skate skiing plus receive recommendations from your instructors on the equipment best suited for your interests.

You’ll then practice what you’ve learned with your instructor on L.L.Bean’s private, groomed trails. You’ll leave this course with the skills necessary to confidently skate ski on your own.

All necessary skate-skiing equipment is provided.

Please note this course is weather dependent.

Our two-hour Introduction to Skate Skiing is a great way to learn all the skills you’ll need for gliding over the snow-covered trails this winter.

  • Prerequisite:  Experience with cross-country skiing’s classic technique and ability to control speed and stop on downhills
  • Activity level:  Moderate
  • Minimum age:  14 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

FMI: www.llbean.com

Snow Day with Portland Trails @ The Conant Property
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Snow Day with Portland Trails @ The Conant Property  | Westbrook | Maine | United States

Join Portland Trails and Ernie’s Cycle Shop for a wintry day at one of Portland Trails’ newest green spaces, the Conant Property! The meadowy area overlooks the Presumpscot River and is perfect for snowshoeing, fat-biking, and cross country skiing. Bring your gear (and maybe some snow-fort building materials) and have a Snow Day with us! Ernie’s will provide a few fats bikes to try, and Portland Trails will have snow-shoes available to use on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, we’ll enjoy a winter bonfire and some s’mores!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 3. 11am-1pm
Contact: Catherine Buxton, catherine@trails.org, 207-775-2411

FMI: trails.org/calendar/discovery-trek-snow-day-conant-property/

Starlight Cross-Country Ski Tour @ Fogg Farm
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Starlight Cross-Country Ski Tour @ Fogg Farm | Freeport | Maine | United States

By the light of the evening sky, escape into the tranquil, snow-covered landscape on this relaxing Starlight Cross-Country Ski Tour. You’ll begin the evening with a step-by-step introduction to the basic techniques for enjoying this invigorating aerobic activity. Our expert instructors will teach you how to stride, pole and turn, plus give you friendly advice and tips on navigating different types of terrain.

You’ll then practice what you’ve learned on a three-hour guided ski excursion at L.L.Bean’s private, groomed facility. Along the way, your guides will share their knowledge of the wildlife that thrives in this winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you’ll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We’ll also provide all the necessary cross-country ski equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

FMI: www.llbean.com

Feb
4
Sun
Annual Super Bowl Sunday Table Tour @ Viles Arboretum
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am
Annual Super Bowl Sunday Table Tour @ Viles Arboretum | Augusta | Maine | United States

Support Viles Arboretum while enjoying gourmet food from area restaurants and getting out to enjoy winter activities.

The food and dessert line up is the best ever! All stations have piping hot food, a bonfire, seating and good cheer.

Regular adult tickets are $20 each. Get a group of five or more together and receive a discounted price of $15 each. Call 626-7989 or email fo@vilesarboretum.org to order yours now! Registration opens at 10:00 AM, gates open at 11:00 AM. Tickets sold until 1 p..m. Don’t miss this special event, snow or no snow!

FMI: www.vilesarboretum.org

Feb
7
Wed
Runaway Wednesdays @ Various pubs in Portland
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm
Runaway Wednesdays @ Various pubs in Portland | Portland | Maine | United States

Runaways Run Club is a Maine based weekly running meetup that offers Wednesday night pub runs and Sunday morning trail runs, for all speeds and levels.

FMI: www.facebook.com/runawaywednesdays