2012 WINTER in Maine

Snowboarding in Maine

Snowboarding is “the coolest sport in the world”, according to Jeremy Petrocelli, owner of Backwoods Snowboards & Skateboards in Auburn. “It’s a great way to get outside and experience winter in Maine,” he says. With locations like Lost Valley, Sugarloaf, Sunday ...

Three great ways to beat cabin fever

The beauty of Maine’s woods and mountains has been a source of inspiration for poets such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was born and raised here in the early 1800s, and for immigrants such as the French Canadians who brought their rich culture of music, community, and hard work to Main...

New at Maine ski areas

Each summer ski areas invest two ways. Normal maintenance requires many man hours servicing lifts, brushing trails, repairing water bars and sprucing up lodges. This runs into thousands of dollars at smaller areas and into the millions at major resorts. We can add almost annual upgrades on snowma...

New in skis and boots

It’s hard to believe that shaped skis have been around for nearly two decades. Wider tips and tails giving skis deeper sidecuts changed not only the way we buy skis, but also the way we ski. Prior to shaped skis, only racers and very good skiers carved turns. Today, skiers at all but the lo...

Expert tips to provide Maine-native birds with basic needs this winter

Winter is prime time for attracting birds. Beckoning birds to your backyard in winter can be easier than in any other season if you provide what they need to weather and survive the coldest months. Scarcity of natural available food, cold temperatures, and severe storms push bird mortality...

Keep busy with fun snow day activities

Few things are as eagerly anticipated by children as birthdays, holiday presents and, of course, snow days. When the meteorologist predicts several inches of snow, most kids go to sleep to visions of sledding, snowball fights and building snow forts. Should the school district close for the day, ...

Get smart about snow removal

There are many good things about a fresh coating of snow on the ground, especially for those who are avid outdoor enthusiasts. Fresh powder makes for ideal skiing conditions as well as opportunities for snowshoeing and snowboarding. Fresh snow also means having to clean up driveways and si...

'Snow' much to learn

Snow is much more than white, wet and cold. There are many different facts about snow that make it unique and one of the more complex types of precipitation. * Although snow appears white because of the countless tiny surfaces of each snowflake crystal reflecting most of the wavelengths of...

Learning to glide on ice

Learning To Glide On Ice By Craig W. Armstrong They make it look so easy. They skate around the rink in colorful costumes, doing triple salchows, triple toe loops and triple axels. Professional skaters make it look easy because of one thing, practice. Sliding across slick ice is not...

Skiing and shooting for sport

Many modern sports were derived from life’s necessities and biathlon is a perfect example. For millions of years, man has traversed the frozen land in search of food, and when the food was found, he relied on his skill as a marksman to make the kill. To this day, there are places in the wor...