Cross-country skiing locations are many
Aroostook County offers a multitude of places to cross country ski, many of which offer warm-up huts and even rent out skis. Get out and enjoy!
Meduxnekeag Ramblers Ski Trails in Littleton
Last year the newly-formed Meduxnekeag Ramblers Cross Country Ski Club groomed about four-and-a-half miles of trail from their Littleton clubhouse. According to club member Russel Stairs, the club will attempt to groom 20 miles of trail this year. The trails will lead from the clubhouse to Houlton and other surrounding areas.
Aroostook State Park Ski Trails in Presque Isle
Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle offers close to 16 miles of groomed trails for the beginner or the experienced. A winter shelter is available on the beginner trails, and "the lodge," found at the entrance to the park is open weekends for skiers to warm up in.
Maps of the trails are available at the park or at the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $1. A season's pass to the park (which includes admission to all state parks and historic sites throughout Maine) is $20 for an individual and $40 for a family.
The Twin Peaks Cross Country Ski club assists the park service in maintaining trails and holds hot dog roasts and chicken stew nights throughout the year. Events they sponsor are advertised in the community calendar section of the local paper.
Upcountry Ski Trails in Fort Fairfield
Upcountry is located off U.S. Route 1A five miles from Fort Fairfield and seven from Presque Isle. It offers about 20 kilometers of low difficulty ski trails in the woods. Skis can be tented.
Caribou Ski Trails
Caribou Parks and Recreation Department maintains 10 miles of groomed ski trails. They are located at the Caribou Country club off Route 161 in Caribou. Season tickets are available at the recreation office with the following rates: family $40, couple $35, adults $20 and students $10. The daily fees are $2 for adults and $1 for students. Children 9 and under ski free. Ski rentals are also available at the recreation office Monday through Saturday when personnel are available. Rental Fees are $5 for half a day and $10 for all day. A $25 security deposit is required for all skis rented.
Trafton Lake Ski Trails in Limestone
Trafton Lake Sit Trails are located at Trafton Lake in Limestone. They include about seven miles of trail. Skiers can leave a donation at the donation box set up near the beginning of the trail.
Limestone Country Cub Ski Trails
This year the Limestone Country Club is opening up about seven miles of ski trails. They will have cross country ski equipment available for rent, and will charge a small fee for the use of the trails.
Frenchville Ski Trails
The Frenchville Trailmasters groom about eight miles of trail and are about 150 members strong. The trails are located on the Paradis Road, which is located half way between Frenchville and Upper Frenchville. A cross-country skiing sign marks the beginning of those trails.
Membership in the club is $15 per family. The cost for a day of skiing for non-members is $3 per person.
Fort Kent Ski Trails
The Fort Kent Cross Country Ski club maintains seven-and-a-half kilometers of trail near the Violet Settlement Road near its intersection with St. John Road. Club president David Mitchell advises those looking for the site to enter Fort Kent and ask directions from there.
Day rates are $2 per person, paid on an honor system (there is a box for fees at the beginning of the trail). The club has about 200 members. Membership dues are $35 for a family, $30 for a couple and $20 for an individual.
The Fort Kent Ski Team grooms about eight kilometers of ski trail near the ski tow downtown. While there is no fee for the public's use of this trail, it offers much more challenging terrain than the club's trail.