On a crisp, sparkling winter day, one of the most magical ways to take in Maine’s landscape is to venture out on cross-country skis or snowshoes. There are nearly two dozen commercial cross-country touring centers that offer beautiful well-groomed trails totaling more than 700 kilometers for skiers and snowshoers alike. Tour through our pine-scented forests, feel the sun’s warmth reflecting off the snow and listen for the chickadees in the clean crisp air. Maine’s cross country ski centers and winter guide services offer gear and access to miles of trails, where you can discover the majesty of a snow-blanketed forest, the wonder of a bright-white expanse of meadow, and the awesome beauty of the crashing blue Atlantic surf. After an exhilarating day on the trail, retreat to one of our cozy inns, warm yourself by the fire, and rest up for another day on the trails.

Maine’s 23 Nordic ski areas offer cross country skiing and snowshoeing for every ability level. If you’d like to break trail on your own, visit one of Maine’s State Parks or our public reserve lands where the land is open to public access. If you know you want to ski or snowshoe, but don’t know where to start, contact a Maine Professional Guide for a memorable skiing or snowshoeing experience.

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