Cross country skiing is popular at Maine mountains and Nordic ski centers
Mainers love their cross-country (also called “Nordic”) skiing. In addition to downhill ski mountains that also offer cross-country trails, numerous Nordic (cross country) touring centers specialize in the sport, offering equipment, lessons, racing, and special events. Maine’s Nordic centers offer 550 kilometers of trails. Nordic skiing also may be done at state parks and public land conservation areas. Cross country skiing is done on groomed trails or more-rugged backcountry trails. Two popular forms of the sport are classic Nordic skiing in tracks and skate-skiing, where the skis are employed in large, gliding motions.
A great resource for cross country skiing along with other outdoor adventure sports is Maine Huts & Trails, which offers hut-to-hut skiing opportunities. Ski Maine Association, which works mostly with downhill ski areas, has a page for Nordic Centers that lists cross country ski areas and their snow conditions. The Nordic Heritage Sport Club in Presque Isle stands ready to help novices or experience cross country skiers get onto the snow. Many Nordic ski areas welcome snowshoeing and also rent equipment for that activity.
Nordic Heritage Sport Center
Route 167 five miles east of Presque Isle Presque Isle, ME, 04769 Phone: 207-762-6972
Cross country and snowshoeing trails; rentals; night skiing until 8:30 p.m.
Gilsland Farm Center of the Maine Audubon Society
20 Gilsland Farm Road Falmouth, ME, 04105 Phone: 207-781-2330
Nordic skiing and snowshoeing allowed on year-round walking trails; snowshoes, only, for rent.
32 Farm View Drive New Gloucester, ME, 04260 Phone: 207-688-4539
Working and demonstration farm offers trails for cross-country and snowshoeing; lessons; rentals
Day and half-day skiing and snowshoeing passes range from $4 to $13. Season passes are available. Equipment rentals and lessons. If weather and snow conditions permit, ski trails are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Birches Ski Touring Center
1 Birches Road Rockwood, ME, 04478 Phone: 207-537-7305 Toll-Free: 800-825-9453
40 miles of groomed trails; rentals; dogs welcome; overnight camping on trails; also ice fishing and snowmobiling
Nordic skiing tail passes and rentals for full day and half day (begins at noon). Full-day rate (includes sauna and hot tub) is adults, $11; $14; children under the age of 12, $8. The center also offers ice fishing and snowmobiling, with equipment rentals and instruction. Guided winter excursions and packages are offered.
Critterwoods Outdoor Recreation Center
118 O’Roak Road Corinth, ME, 04427 Phone: 207-285-0099
32 kms of cross-country (Nordic) skiing; dogs are welcome; equipment for rent
Millinocket Municipal Trails
1029 Central Street Millinocket, ME, 04462 Phone: 207-723-4329
Town-operated ski area with groomed and back country trails
Camden Snow Bowl
20 Barnestown Road Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-236-3438
Nordic trails are an Alpine ski area
Harris Farm XC Ski Center
280 Buzzell Road Dayton, ME, 04005 Phone: 207-499-2678
Skiing & snowshoeing at dairy farm; 30 km of trails; warming lodge; rentals
Black Mountain of Maine
39 Glover Road Rumford, ME Phone: 207-364-8977
Downhill ski area offers cross-country skiing & snowshoeing on groomed trails
10th Mountain Outdoor Club
33 Paradis Circle Road Fort Kent, ME, 04743 Phone: 207-834-6203
Private club offers several loops of trails; dogs are welcome
Visitors can reach the trails at three points: from the ski center is on the Paradis Circle Road located One and a half miles south of the traffic light on Route 11 in the center of Fort Kent; at the Red Barn, 0.7 miles west on the St. John Road from the center of Fort Kent (begin here if you are skiing with a dog); Violette Settlement access is 1.8 miles west from the center of town on the St. John Road (Route 161). Turn onto the Violette Settlement Road.
Carter’s Farm XC Ski Center in Bethel
Intervale Road Bethel, ME, 04217 Phone: 207-824-3880
55 km of beginner to advanced Nordic trails
Carter’s Farm XC Ski Center in Oxford
420 Main Street Oxford, ME, 04270 Phone: 207-539-4848
30 km of groomed trails; snowshoeing; rentals
Five Fields Farm
Route 107 Bridgton, ME, 04009 Phone: 207-647-2425
Skiing and snowshoeing in apple orchard and on logging trails; equipment rentals
Groomed trails do not reach the summit, but the back country trek to the summit is often done by snowshoers and tougher skiers. Views include wonderful vistas and occasionally Mount Washington.
Lost Valley Touring Centers
200 Lost Valley Road Auburn, ME, 04212 Phone: 207-784-1561
Cross country (Nordic) skiing leaves from downhill ski area base lodge; equipment rentals
Rangeley Lakes Trails Center
524 Saddleback Mountain Road Rangeley, ME, 04970 Phone: 207-864-4309
Skiing on year-round trail system in backcountry conditions near Saddleback Lake
Ski Touring Center at Bethel Inn
21 Broad Street Bethel, ME Phone: 207-824-6276
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing next to the inn; ice skating; equipment and pulk sled rentals
5092 Access Road Carrabassett Valley, ME Phone: 207-237-2000
125 trails; 29 glades; 3 terrain parks, snow tubing; night skiing; cross-country; 1,230 acres of skiable terrain; 2,820-foot vertical drop; 618 acres of snowmaking coverage
Everything Else -- Ski and stay packages offered for Sugarloaf’s hotels, inn, and condos. Child care; ski shop, teen center, shopping, spa, Laundromat within the ski area. In nearby towns visitors will find restaurants, ski and snowboard shops, and even an art gallery.
Sunday River Inn XC Ski Center
23 Skiway Road Newry, ME, 04261 Phone: 207-824-2410