When the temperature dips below freezing, it can be tempting to hole up in the house and not do a whole lot. But, in Maine, where winter lasts for most of the year, if you don’t find a productive way to spend time in the cold weather, you’re going to end up wasting a lot of it. You don’t have to be a daredevil or lover of snow to derive enjoyment from winter in Maine. Take this quiz to figure out what type of seasonal activity is best suited to you.


What are you most likely to eat for lunch?

A. Energy bar

B. Bowl of chili

C. Beef jerky


D. Chowder in a bread bowl


Which beverage would you prefer?

A. Protein shake

B. Hot cocoa

C. Bud Light


D. Hot toddy


Which movie would you rather watch?

A. “I, Tonya”

B. “Elf”

C. “Grumpy Old Men”


D. “Hot Tub Time Machine”


Which accessory are you most likely to wear?

A. Fitbit

B. Ear muffs

C. Neck warmer


D. Slippers


What’s your favorite summer activity?

A. Hiking

B. Going to the beach

C. Four-wheeling


D. Yachting


What scene makes you happiest?

A. The view of the city from the Eiffel Tower

B. A swimming pool filled with people

C. Endless woods and mountains


D. A peaceful lake from the porch


Which car would you prefer to drive in the snow?

A. Subaru Outback

B. Jeep Wrangler

C. Ford F-150


D. Range Rover


Skiers take advantage of late spring snow at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Ariana van den Akker/Staff Photographer

Mostly As: Winter workout – Don’t let a little snow get in the way of your active lifestyle. There are plenty of ways to get your sweat on in the winter, from downhill skiing to snowshoeing to ice skating, and they’re all way more fun than the treadmill, not to mention the scenery and the benefits of fresh air.

Snow flies in the face of Koma Ogak, while sledding on the Eastern Promenade in Portland. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

Mostly Bs: Powder play – You know you like to have fun in the sun, why not transfer it to the snow? If you’re having a hard time finding adult friends who will join you in building a fort, having a snowball fight or going sledding, there are surely some kids out there in need of a fun uncle.

Eric Parlin of Gorham works a fishing hole at Lower Bay on Sebago Lake. Derek Davis/Staff photographer

Mostly Cs: Cold-blood chilling – A frozen nose is no match for your love of the outdoors, and you don’t need any fancy activities to make it tolerable – just a case of beer, an auger and a fishing pole. When you need that cold wind whipping in your face, try taking a snowmobile out for a spin.

Mel Butman, left, and Jami-Lee Nelson talk while sitting near the fireplace at Pearl in Kennebunk. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Mostly Ds: Lodge lounging – This whole being cold thing isn’t for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a lot out of winter. What’s better than cozying up to a fire, looking out on the beautiful, blistery scene outside? Read a book, play game or learn to knit. Better than  Netflix and freezing.

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