In this edition: 1) #SkiSeason is here; #OpeningDay at #SkiHills #HolidayCrafts in #EdmundstonNB, #MarsHillME and #FortKentME. 2) A #wildlife theme #Christmas event in #LimestoneME. 3) A #Marathon festival in #MillinocketME. Plus lots more! #offugo…
#AroostookThing of the week: Ski season starts now!
If you’re like me, you wait all year for the first snow. The one true harbinger of all things good. The shot across the bow, so to speak, that signals the imminent arrival of ski season. In my world, the planets always align on Opening Day at my local mountain.
In recent years, the first snow has often come early, yet has not been followed by any sizable accumulation until after the New Year, which has subsequently led to later – or at least lackluster – Opening Days here in the Crown of Maine.
This year, however, the first significant snowfall came late, and was followed closely by another sister storm, so much so that most ski areas in these parts are going to stage an Opening Day with 100% of their terrain open. Merry Christmas to me!
Mont Farlagne up in Edmundston, New Brunswick opened today, while Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent and Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill open up tomorrow.
For small ski hills such as these, an early opening with so much open terrain is sure to bring out a bevy of snowboarders and skiers. A big boost in pre-Christmas revenue – don’t you think a season pass would be the perfect gift? – will go a long way toward helping them stay afloat.
Indeed, it appears that it will be a very Merry Christmas for all!
#AroostookNote: Quoggy Jo Ski Center in Presque Isle, Aroostook County’s other downhill ski area is set to open on December 26!
Friday, December 9
Mont Farlagne Opening Day, Edmundston, NB. 9:00 a.m. (Atlantic Time), weather permitting. Lifts open for our 47th season! Visit www.montfarlagne.com FMI
Saturday, December 10
Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Second Saturday Event, Limestone. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at ANWR Visitor’s Center, 97 Refuge Rd. Come out for a chance to do last-minute gift shopping, renew your membership. Bundle up to hike the trails then come inside the Visitor’s Center to make a birdseed ornament for outdoor use. Contact ANWR (207-328-4634) or email@example.com FMI
Saturday, December 10
Millinocket Marathon & Half, Millinocket. Race start: 10:00 a.m. at 27 Poplar St. Grass roots run/race. Pre-registration required. Cost: FREE! In lieu of entry fee ALL runners encouraged to spend race entry equivalent in town to help local economy. Why? Because this is one of our Maine towns that has been really hurt by their mill closing and a grass roots effort like this can and does help. Visit www.crowathletics.com/millinocket-marathon-half FMI
*Saturday, December 10
Bigrock Mountain Opening Day, Mars Hill. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., weather permitting. It’s the day you’ve waited eight months and one week for: Bigrock opens for the season! Kick off the ski/snowboard season at Bigrock! Visit www.bigrockmaine.com FMI
*Saturday, December 10
Lonesome Pine Opening Day, Fort Kent. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Contact Lonesome Pine Trails (207-834-5202) or visit www.lonesomepines.org FMI
*Saturday, December 17
Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Caribou. 6:30 a.m. at Tim Horton’s, Bennett Dr. We invite you to join us for all or part of this day-long count in the Caribou area; all welcomed for this long-standing holiday tradition! We need all hands on deck! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or firstname.lastname@example.org FMI
Sunday, December 18
Four Seasons Trail Association Christmas at the Lodge, Madawaska. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Pasta lunch, sleigh rides, tubing, skiing, snowshoeing, and SANTA! Bring the kids! Visit www.fourseasonstrail.org FMI
*Monday, December 26-Tuesday, December 30
Fort Kent Outdoor Center Nordic Ski Festival, Fort Kent. Looking for great snow for Nordic skiing? Look no further than FKOC, host of World Cup Biathlon, national, regional ski events. Events include Try it Biathlon (equipment, instruction provided), Winter Wildlands Backcountry Film Festival, Freestyle 5km Time Trial, and lots of fun. Contact Carl Theriault Theriaultcarl@hotmail.com or visit www.10thmtskiclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2016-nordic_ski_festival.pdf FMI
*Saturday, December 31
Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Presque Isle. 6:30 a.m. at Tim Horton’s, Main St. We invite you to join us for all or part of this day-long count in the Presque Isle area; all welcomed for this long-standing holiday tradition! We need all hands on deck! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or email@example.com FMI
Francis Malcolm Science Center Walk-in Tours, Easton. Weekdays; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Experience our planetarium’s new, full-dome, digital projection system, featuring a 30-minute activity; 15 minutes in the star theater, 15 minutes to visit the facility at large. Cost: $5/visitor; reservations requested. Contact FMSC (207-488-5451) FMI
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