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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Posted: April 9, 2014

What do a Harley-Davidson and Sunday River have in common?

A strange spring weekend: Saturday, I planted seeds for my garden and rode the Harley 150 miles -Sunday, I went skiing. As my first year of skiing comes to a close, I’m surprised by my yard being free of snow, revealing leftover yard work I didn’t get to last fall, while the mountains still have enough snow to support my obsession of “trying to master moguls”.  A group of us headed to Bethel for a bluebird day of skiing at Sunday River, as they hosted L.L.Bean Day – a chance for employees to ski free; always a nice welcome perk.

I learned what people have always referred to as “Spring Skiing”.  Some lunatics were in shorts, carving through the cascades, while others were dressed head-to-toe in waterproof down. The snow conditions were new to me, and as only an amateur could describe it: “a little mealy… sometimes slightly slushy and easy to make turns in”. An impressive trail and lift system made the day enjoyable and sometimes confusing on how to plan a run from Point A to Point B and actually get there, a lack of trail signs and maps didn’t help. Overall, a beautiful Maine weekend (and finally, melting snow!)

Sunday River plans to have snow for a little longer. Here are some events you can still catch:

Apr 12 – Pond Skimming   Music, costumes and face plants as skiers attempt to cross open water

Apr 18-20 – Easter Egg Hunt   Bring the little ones and enjoy a weekend of family festivities

Apr 21 – FREE Skiing   Celebrate the last day of the season with FREE lift tickets


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