Sunday April 20th 2014
Winter Guide

Things to do

Winter zipline tours at Sunday River & Sugarloaf

Winter zipline tours at Sunday River & Sugarloaf
January 07, 2014

Tarzan did it. Now you can, too. Sunday River’s zipline tours fly you through the Maine woods as you cross back and forth over a deep ravine and stream bed on the seven lines of the course. And yes, you can belt out your best Tarzan yell. We won’t judge.

Learn to XC ski (or snowshoe or other stuff) at LL Bean Discovery School

Learn to XC ski (or snowshoe or other stuff) at LL Bean Discovery School
December 27, 2013

For folks who’ve never cross-country skied before, it’s painful to dish out a load of cash for equipment only to find out two days later you hate the sport, so you curse fate and chuck the skis into the basement where they’ll rot for three years until you sell them at a garage sale for $10, which is barely enough money to buy a decent turkey sandwich.

13 things to do this winter that don’t require snow

13 things to do this winter that don’t require snow
February 19, 2013

“It starts snowing in November and we don’t see the ground again until May.” An old roommate once described a Maine winter that way. And while it may historically be true, the winters of recent memory – and, like, right now – don’t seem keen on abiding by the six-months-of-snow-covered-ground rule. It’s been warm-ish in Maine’s southern parts. The snow has melted. And the snowshoeing? Not great at the moment, unless you head farther west or north. So what does one do to keep occupied in Winter when the snow is being elusive? This stuff:

Winter Fairs & Festivals

Winter Fairs & Festivals
January 03, 2013

Fairs and festivals don’t hibernate in winter. There’s too much to celebrate, like the snow and ice and…well, it’s mostly the snow and ice. Check out our roundup of winter fairs and festivals to look forward to!

Slip sliding away: Snow tubing parks in Maine

Slip sliding away: Snow tubing parks in Maine
December 31, 2012

Winter brings with it plenty of ice and snow. Maybe you’ve noticed. We can either curse it (and how it makes us fall down and slide into ditches) or we can embrace it, preferably with a giant tube. Find a place to slide this winter with our roundup of snow tubing parks.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating
December 26, 2012

Swimming isn’t as enticing this time of year, when ice cover makes the breaststroke more painful than necessary. So lace up some skates instead, and glide across those ponds without the need of a swimsuit.

Mattress, meet mountain: Mattress Races at Shawnee Peak

Mattress, meet mountain: Mattress Races at Shawnee Peak
December 01, 2012

During the America’s Mattress Race, mattresses of all sizes will take to the mountain at Shawnee Peak. They’ll shirk their once-sedentary lifestyle for a chance to make like a toboggan and slide Shawnee’s Main Slope — with a few riders on top clutching the edges in high-speed fear.

SLED UP, CHUTE DOWN

SLED UP, CHUTE DOWN
December 01, 2012

Competitors in the U.S. National Toboggan Championships, taking place Feb 8-10 at the Camden Snow Bowl, will find out first hand what it’s like to rumble down the 400-foot-long chute and coast out onto a frozen pond. First timers might focus on their costuming (a cape and a pair of underpants are a surefire hit) and hitting the finish line without losing knuckle flesh to the unforgiving wooden chute walls.

SLED TO THE FINISH

SLED TO THE FINISH
December 01, 2012

The Snowman Adventure Race offers grownups the opportunity to sail head-long (or feet first, if you prefer) down the East End hill just like they did when they were young. Maybe even set a new high-speed personal record. In a nutshell: this ain’t no Beach to Beacon.

Full Moon Hike at Mt. Abram

Full Moon Hike at Mt. Abram
December 01, 2012

Folks who don’t typically shapeshift with the appearance of the full moon will appreciate the uphill trek to Mt. Abram’s peak, where music and mountain revelry await during the Full Moon Hike. There’s a heated lodge up there, not that you’ll need it. The 50-minute climb will raise your body temp & inspire periodic disrobing.