It’s officially snow season in Maine! That means snow-centric activities are upon us. This weekend, learn to cross-country ski for free at Quarry Road Trails in Waterville, or go ice skating in Portland during the Skate for Wishes event. There’s also yoga for stiff guys, and Icy Elf 5K, and weekend retreat at Maine Huts and Trails’ Poplar Hut.

For the weekend of Dec. 15-17, 2017:

Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Quarry Road Trails, Waterville. Free.
Free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics for kids and adults. If you’re already an experienced skier, come on out and hit the trails for free.

Yoga for Stiff Guys

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Breathing Room Yoga Studio, South Portland. $25.
This workshop is designed both for athletes and “regular guys” who are interested in increasing their flexibility. For the beginner Stiff Guy this will be a solid introduction to yoga and its benefits, and for the Stiff Guy with some experience on the mat this class will be informative and offer the opportunity to deepen and refine one’s practice.

Skate for Wishes

12:30-7 p.m. Saturday. The Rink at Thompson’s Point, Portland. $8, $5 for kids 5 and under, free for kids 3 and under.
Enjoy a day of family fun while helping to grant the wishes of Maine children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. 2-hour sessions all afternoon and evening. $2 from every admission will go to Make-A-Wish Maine!

Winter Solstice Overnight Retreat

Dec 16-17. Maine Huts & Trails Poplar Hut, Kingfield. $175.
Hike into the Maine woods and enjoy a weekend getaway with yoga, good food and meditation. You can hang out at the cozy Poplar Hut, find some zen, contemplate life and/or daydream about all the cool stuff you’re going to do this winter.

The Icy Elf 5K and Kid’s Run

3-4 p.m. Sunday. Philippe Guillerm Gallery, Waldoboro. $15 in advance, $20 on race day, kids fun run is free.
a festive run through town. We’ll have hot chocolate and candy canes and Christmas lights and prizes (even one for the best dressed elf). Local businesses will be open late with hot drinks and snacks and things you can buy to finish off your Christmas shopping.

More event: Browse the Fit Maine calendar
More about Sewell Woods: Snowshoe Sewell Woods in Scarborough: A one-mile winter wonderland