winter trail activities

With spectacular seasonal snowfall reaching 6 to 7 feet, nothing beats Maine’s Lakes and Mountains for a winter full of adventure on the trails. Think about how delightful it is to pull on your warm woollies and head out into drifts of pure white snow.

The cross-country ski centers, trail systems, and winter guide services offer gear and access to miles of trails, where you can discover the majesty of a snow-blanketed forest and the wonder of a bright-white expanse of meadow. 

If you’d like to break trail on your own, visit one of our State Parks or public reserved 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 help in creating a memorable experience.

Nordic Skiing

On a crisp, sparkling winter day, one of the best ways to take in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains snowy landscape is to venture out on cross-country skis. There are nearly two dozen commercial cross-country touring centers across the region that offer beautiful well-groomed trails totaling more than 300 miles for both traditional and skating style. We invite you to discover the majesty of a snow-blanketed forest and the wonder of a bright-white expanse of meadow.

Nordic Skiing at Sugarloaf Outdoor Center


Snowshoeing enthusiasts have options lots of options here. With over 250-miles of groomed trails across the region (that’s over a month of shoeing at 6 to 7 miles per day), we offer a perfect opportunity to let this sport take hold of you. Get outdoors and experience pine-scented air, the dappled wintery sun on your back and a hot tasty meal with new friends back in town at the end of each day. 

Top Winter Trail Centers

Inland Woods and Trails at Bethel Resort for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing

Inland Woods & Trails

The Winter Trails Center is located at The Bethel Resort and Suites—formerly the Bethel Inn. They offer a full rental fleet for skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking and will happily assist you with what equipment is best for your adventure. Lessons for beginner and intermediate skiers are avaialble–choose a group, private lesson, or join one of our clinics.

Operated by Inland Woods & Trails, the network cross-country ski, snowshoe, and fat biking trails in the winter and mountain biking trails in the summer. The network provides recreation on the outskirts of Bethel Village, close to area businesses and not far from other IWT trail networks.

Pineland Farms Full Moon Snowshoe Event

Pineland Farms

Pineland Farms, located in the charming small town of New Gloucester, has over 5,000 acres of beautiful woodlands and fields that are open to the public for  outdoor recreation, including approximately 18 miles of professionally designed, well-kept trails for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking. Time it right and join a Full Moon trail event.

The farm also offers a full calendar of events, Farm Market filled with locally sourced goods, several lodging options on site, and Family Farm Visits. For those who are not skiers or shoers, there is sledding ice skating, and winter disc golf. This is truly a winter fun wonderland. 

Rangeley Lakes Trail Center Gnome Roam

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center

Set on lower Saddleback Mountain, the Trails Center boasts 35 miles of immaculately groomed loop trails, a minimum of 14 feet wide, providing skating lanes and classic tracks on all sections, in addition to many miles of snowshoeing, fat-tire bike and backcountry trails. Some of the groomed trails even welcome dogs. All offer stunning views of the Saddleback range and beyond.

A 30-foot-round yurt serves as a lodge where ski rentals, wax, waxing benches, clothing, hot drinks, and tempting snacks are available. Take a lesson or enjoy a guided tour, races, and other recreational events. Kids will love the Gnome Home Roam.

other winter trail Centers

Ways to Adventure

Plan Your Trip

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains offers a variety of resources to help you plan your next visit, including an annual visitor’s guide, stand alone map, and the new Adventure Guide App.

Visitor's Guide

Our Free Visitor's Guide will help inspire your next adventure along our mountain trails, lakes, scenic byways, bustling towns and more.

Map of the Region

Companion to the Visitor Guide, our dual-sided planning map will help you find your way to adventure in every season throughout the region.

Adventure Guide App

The App will point the way to all kinds of adventures, experiences and destinations in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains with GPS location maps and alerts.

Maine's Lakes and Mountains by the numbers

4,000+ footers
Mountain Peaks
Lakes and Ponds
+Towns and Villages
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