Aroostook Outdoor News: 1.15.15 edition

#Skiing, #birding, #biking, #fishing, #hunting, #running, #OhMy! #FamilyFun festivals, too! #WinterIsHere!

In this edition: 1) The second Aroostook Cup ski race of the season happens this weekend in Fort Kent. 2) Katahdin area XC ski trails are in great shape and playing host to two events in the coming weeks. 3) The first 5k of the year is only three weeks away! Plus lots more! offugo…

*Sunday, January 18
10th Mountain SC Frostbite XC Ski Event – Aroostook Cup #2, Fort Kent
Distances: 30k, 15k, 5k Freestyle. Registration: 9:30 a.m.; 30k, 15k race start: 11:30 a.m.; 5k race start: 12:00 p.m. Fee: $20; includes feed stations and lunch. Visit FMI

Thursday, January 22
Aroostook Birders Meeting and Presentation, Presque Isle
6:30 p.m. Location TBA. Dave Putnam will present “A Few Birds of Mongolia, and other things.” Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI

Saturday, January 24-Sunday, January 25
MWSC Active Maine Project Katahdin Area Trails Weekend, Millinocket
Join other active adults from around Maine for fantastic groomed trails, backcountry Baxter tour, and fat bike riding! Cost: $175; includes program, lodging, gourmet dinner. Participants must provide own ski/bike equipment. Contact Mike Smith (207-227-0250) or FMI

*Thursday, January 29
UMPI Enviro Studies Lecture; The River Wolf and the Blue Pearl: Endangered Salmonids in Mongolia, Presque Isle
7:00 p.m. at the Campus Center. Dr. Olaf Jensen’s talk will focus on several of Mongolia’s fish currently at risk, including the Hucho taimen, the largest trout in the world. Contact the UMPI Community and Media Relations Office (207-768-9452) FMI

Sunday, February 1
Aroostook Women’s Ski Day, Presque Isle
9:00 a.m. at Nordic Heritage Center. AWSD offers a full day of outdoor and indoor activities. Clinic choices: skiing (classic & freestyle/skate), snowshoeing, yoga, meditation, workshop focusing on fueling the body. Fee: $45. Contact Heidi Bartley (207-551-1705) or FMI

Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 19
Caribou Adult Ed. Archery Hunter Education Course, Caribou
Feb 4: 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Feb 19: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This ME DIFW course provides knowledge regarding equipment, hunting methods, responsibilities, and general safety. Homestudy course; requires attendance at sessions as well as work from home. Contact Caribou Adult Ed. (207-493-4272) FMI

Saturday, February 7
31st Annual Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run, Houlton
First race in the Aroostook Musterds County Challenge Series. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Millar Arena. 2-mile walk start: 10:45 a.m. 5k run start: 11:00 a.m. Cost: $12. T-shirts to first 50 registrants. Contact Larry Tonzi FMI.

Saturday, February 7
Florenceville-Bristol Tourism SnowBlast, Florenceville, NB
This event is a blast for the entire family to celebrate winter! Activities: youth/adult cardboard classic, snowshoe hikes, taffy on the snow, wacky snow games, food court, sliding, and more. Contact Florenceville-Bristol Tourism (506-392-6763) or visit FMI

Thursday, February 12-Sunday, February 15
Katahdin Communities Outing Club Head North Ski Weekend, Mt. Chase
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day at Matagamon Ski Trails, end of Matagamon Rd. Join us for groomed trails along the East Branch of the Penobscot and fun activities. Ski equipment available. Cost: $5/day suggested donation. Contact Susan Adams (207-852-1291) or FMI

*Saturday, February 14
NMMC/FSTA Rally in the Valley Winter Festival, Madawaska
Kids of all ages are invited to attend a fun outdoor snow day; skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, games, and more! Registration: 10:00 a.m. at Four Seasons Lodge. Event: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cost: $5; includes t-shirt and water bottle. Contact Gail Lamarr (207-834-1459) or FMI

*Saturday, February 14
Limestone Ski Club C-Me-Ski – Aroostook Cup #5, Limestone
A great classic tour and race. Distances: .5k-2k/ages 12 and under; 7k/ages 13-18; 21k/adults. Registration: 12:00 p.m. at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge. Youth race start: 1:00 p.m. Adult race start: 1:30 p.m. Cost: $10/adult; FREE/youth. Contact Limestone Ski Club (207-328-7491) FMI

*Saturday, February 21
Fort Kent Outdoor Center Winter Women’s Day, Fort Kent
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Skiing and snowshoeing lessons, yoga or other fitness programs, food and snacks, and a guest speaker. Fee: $20/club members; $25/non-members. Contact Laura Audibert FMI

*Saturday, February 21
Aroostook State Park Winter Family Fun Day, Presque Isle
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating (bring skates), sliding, snowmobile tote-rides, nature walks, warming hut, bonfire, hot food, and Smokey the Bear. Fee: $1.50/person ages 12-64; all others FREE. Contact Aroostook State Park (207-768-8341) FMI

Ongoing Programs:

Sunday Saunter Running Group, Presque Isle
Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Contact Jonathan Kelley FMI

*Van Buren Rec. Youth Hockey, Van Buren
Sundays; 11:00 a.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 3:30 p.m. at the Van Buren Ice Skating Rink (weather permitting). Come play hockey outdoors! Donations of “real” ice hockey sticks, helmets, pads, would be greatly appreciated! Contact Michael “Miles” Garcia (207-868-5059) or FMI

Bootlegger Snowshoe Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC
Sundays; fourth Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the end of Path Brissette. Get to know the magical setting of the Bootlegger trails on this guided hike. Contact Jean Lebrun (418-893-1033) or FMI

Caribou Rec. Ski-Daddle Program, Caribou
Tuesdays & Thursdays; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Jan. 6–March 3. Designed for Grades 3-5. Lessons include intro to XC ski equipment and techniques and lots of outdoor fun. Cost: $10; includes Ski-Daddle CPRD hat. Ski equipment available; pre-registration required. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

10th Mountain Outdoor Club Jalbert Pee Wee Biathlon Program, Fort Kent
Tuesdays; 4:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Open to youth ages 9 and under. Kids will learn basic skate skiing skills, go on ski adventures, and play LOTS of games! Cost: FREE! Contact Gail Johnson FMI

10th Mountain Outdoor Club Jalbert Youth Biathlon Program, Fort Kent
Tuesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Open to youth ages 10-14; roller skiing, rifle shooting, trail running, and LOTS of games! Cost: FREE! Contact Gail Johnson FMI

MWSC Active Maine Project Adult Nordic Program, Fort Kent
Tuesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. The program runs January 20-February 10 and is a fun, social way to improve your ski skills. Cost: $55. Contact Mike Smith (207-227-0250) or FMI

MWSC Active Maine Project Adult Nordic Program, Presque Isle
Thursdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center. The program runs January 22-February 12 and is a fun, social way to improve your ski skills. Cost: $55. Contact Mike Smith (207-227-0250) or FMI

*Lonesome Pines Trails Junior Ski Program, Fort Kent
Saturdays; 9:30-11:30 a.m. For grades K-8; runs for eight weeks, starting Jan. 31. Fee: $45; includes sweatshirt and fee waiver for LPT Annual Invitational Race on March 21. Contact Mike Voisine (207-834-5202) or FMI

Nordic Heritage Sport Club Youth XC Ski Program, Presque Isle
Saturdays; 10:00-11:30 a.m. Starts January 10. Join us for a fun-filled free ski lesson! Grades K-8 welcome; ages 5 and under invited if with adult. Lessons designed for all levels. Visit FMI

Four Seasons Trail Association Youth Ski Program, Madawaska
Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge. Visit FMI

Bigrock Multi-week Youth Lesson Programs, Mars Hill
Saturdays and Sundays; time and cost varies. 10-week programs start first Saturday in January. Specially designed for junior skiers/snowboarders of all abilities, including first‐timers; focus on developing fundamentals in a safe, fun‐filled environment. Contact Ryan Guerrette (207-425-6711) FMI

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