Big Squaw Mountain is a winter destination

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If you’re new to winter outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and ice skating, there are destinations throughout Maine that make trying these sports easy.
These locations feature easy trails, rental gear and comforting amenities such as snack bars and heated buildings where you can fuel up and warm up after hours spent in the snow.

Before visiting, always call ahead or visit a facility’s website to check on the conditions of trails, sledding hills and ice rinks. It may also be helpful to ask ahead of time about specific rental equipment.

Leased and operated by the nonprofit Friends of Squaw Mountain, Big Squaw Mountain features more than 20 easy and intermediate runs for downhill skiers and snowboarders, serviced by a chair lift.

The nonprofit group also grooms about 6 miles of trails for cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking and snowshoeing on the property. These trails wind through the surrounding area to Mountain View Pond and are available for people to use for free. A donation receptacle is located at the trailhead.

Rental snowboards and skis are available at the lodge. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for ages 5 and up. Full day tickets range from free to $30, depending on age. The lodge is located at 447 Ski Resort Road in Greenville Junction. For more information, visit or call 207-695-2400.

Another good option for trying a new winter activity is to rent equipment at a local outfitter and visit a preserve or park in your area. For ideas of trails to explore, check out the Act Out Adventure Map at

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