Starlight snowshoe + winter hikes: 5 active things to do in Maine this weekend

Starlight snowshoe + winter hikes: 5 active things to do in Maine this weekend

December 11, 2017780Views

Snowshoe under the stars with LL Bean, cross-country ski with a crew and then hit the nearby tavern at Bethel Village Trails, climb the Tote Road trail at Sugarloaf during Climb for a Cure. You can also join an all-day guided hike of Old Speck with the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust or take a beginner tap dance class with Lindy Maine.

For the weekend of January 12-14, 2018:

Trails & Tavern

1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Bethel Village Trails, Bethel. $10 (free for members)
Make new skiing friends with this weekly meetup. Cross-country ski from 1-3 p.m. at Bethel Village Trails, then head to the Millbrook Tavern at The Bethel Inn Resort for Happy Hour. Every Friday through March

Tap Dancing for Beginners

10 a.m. Saturdays. Portland Adult Education, Portland. Cost: $12/class or $62/6-week session.
Learn to tap dance or brush up on skills you haven’t used in years. This class is for the beginner, and you don’t even need tap shoes to start. Any smooth or leather soled shoes are fine. If you end up loving the class, you can buy tap then. Session runs through Feb. 10. Two more 6-week sessions after that.

Starlight Snowshoe Tour

6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. LL Bean, Freeport. $40.
A guided evening excursion through the snow-covered landscape at Fogg Farm with LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School. All gear is provided, and some snowshowing tips for folks who are new to the sport. After the snowshoe, you’ll be treated to hot cocoa and snacks.

Old Speck Hike

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. Old Speck mountain, Grafton Notch State Park. Free.
A challenging and awesome hike will run via the Appalachian Trail for a total roundtrip hike of 7.6 miles. The summit elevation is 4,170 feet – the fifth highest summit in Maine. RSVP for this hike (required) by emailing or calling 207-808-2073.

Climb for a Cure

4:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley. Suggested donation of $10.
The Annual Sugarloaf Charity Summit begins with the Climb for a Cure. Snowshoe, hike, or skin up Tote Road trail to Bullwinkles for snacks and revelry. $10 cash donation supports the fight against cancer in Maine. Sign up at guest services between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. the day of the event.


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.