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Winter Trails Day: Try cross-country skiing & snowshoeing in Maine for FREE!

Winter Trails Day: Try cross-country skiing & snowshoeing in Maine for FREE!

It’s been notably snowless so far this winter (and by “winter,” I’m including all of December, even though I well know that, technically, winter starts Dec. 21. But who are we kidding, right? December = winter). I expect to see snow, dangit!

Sure, there’s no shoveling/windshield scraping/sliding into ditches to worry about, but you know what else this December is missing? Snowshoeing. Cross-country skiing. Snow forts.

But I’m an optimist, which means I’m looking forward to those simple pleasures in the coming months. And to help folks like you and me who want to get out into the snow, there’s Winter Trails Day, a national effort to encourage folks to get outside by offering FREE intro to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing lessons and rentals. And it’s coming up on January 9, 2016.

Here in Maine, participating venues include Carter’s XC Ski Center in Oxford, Rangeley Lakes Trails Center in Rangeley, Pineland Farms in New Gloucester and Harris Farm XC Ski Center in Dayton.

Winter Trails Day in Maine

Carter’s XC Ski Center
420 Main St., Oxford
207-539-4848
www.cartersxcski.com
Free rentals and trail passes from 1 to 4 p.m. to first-time skiers.

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center
524 Saddleback Mountain Road, Rangeley
207-864-4309
www.rangeleylakestrailscenter.com
Day pass includes rental equipment. Group lessons for cross-country skiing available at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Limited to 10 per session. Please call to reserve your day pass, rental equipment and lesson slot.

Harris Farm XC Ski Center
280 Buzzell Road, Dayton
207-499-2678
www.harrisfarm.com
Free Learn to Ski Lesson with free rentals and trail pass. Must call to reserve rentals and 10 a.m. lesson.

Pineland Farms
32 Farm View Road, New Gloucester
207-688-6599
www.pinelandfarms.org
Skiing and snowshoeing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on Winter Trails Day: wintertrails.org

For details on Maine locations: www.wintertrails.org/find-a-site(and choose “ME” from the dropdown).


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Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.

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