After the fits and starts of the beginning of the season, it looks like everything has come together to bring us the season we want – no wait – deserve! The heavy snow that came overnight is just the icing on the cake for a spectacular holiday weekend and vacation week. If you’ve been thinking of taking a little time off, you better check in with the boss ASAP before some coworkers beat you to it.
Trail groomers are hard at work, and updated trail reports are just starting to come in. Keep in mind that most of the trails in Maine are groomed by volunteers and they’re pulled in a lot of directions when a storm like this hits. Everything will be groomed up soon enough, and with the base already there, you can expect great riding for vacation week. If you haven’t already, now is also a great time to join a club where you work or ride.
And of course, since it is a holiday weekend, there are events and festivals going on all over the state. Take a break from your ride or make it a part of it. either way, there’s no shortage of things to do this week. A full calendar of events can be found here.
Here’s just a small sample of what’s going on:
Saturday, Feb. 15 is the Annual “Ride the Wind” Snowmobile Ride In at Stetson Mountain, hosted by First Wind. Ride from Lincoln, Springfield or Danforth for an up-close view of one of Maine’s largest wind projects. Free barbeque lunch will be served at the First Wind maintenance building next to Tower 1. Don’t forget to bring your camera.
USCC Racing returns to the Saint John Valley on Saturday, Feb. 15 with the Fort Kent Cross Country Challenge. Exciting racing, food, vendors, kids’ activities. Just east of downtown Fort Kent on Route 1. Hosted by the Fort Kent SnoRiders.
Winterfest begins this evening in the Katahdin Region with the Antique Sled Parade through Downtown Millinocket tonight. Events going on through the weekend, based mostly at the Northern Timber Cruisers clubhouse and snowmobile museum. KASRA/EBSR Ice Drag Races will also be held at the East Branch Sno-Rovers in Medway.
The Blue Ridge Riders 2nd Annual Club Cookout will be Saturday, Feb. 15 at Moosehead Sled and Repair in Rockwood. Ride right in and enjoy a great lunch prepared by club members.
And after a long day of riding, what could be better than pie?! The Portage Lakers annual Pie Auction and dance kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:00pm.
Needless to say, it is likely there will be a gazillion people out there riding this weekend. Ride to the right, keep your sled under control, and always be aware of what may be coming around the next corner. And of course, don’t ever drink and ride. The Warden Service will be out in full force this weekend – be sure to give them a thumbs up for the difficult work they do keeping our trails safe.
Have a great time!