I use to ski. If there were a way to make that statement not just past tense, but past-past tense it would be more accurate. It has been at least thirty-five years since I skied last but I have fond memories of being on the slopes even if my first attempt did result in frostbite. Fortunately, my toes thawed.
My childhood best friend’s family skied every weekend and I was lucky enough to tag along on many trips to the ski resort. There was also an active ski club in my high school. Every Friday night, we headed to the mountain. Skiing is big in Maine.
Although I’ve only tried downhill skiing, cross-country skiing is also a popular winter option. We hiked at the Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway recently. This 165 acre preserve has a series of cross country ski trails for all skill levels. We were there for winter hiking since, as is probably clear by now, I’m not a skier. They offer one winter trail, The Noyes Trail, for snowshoeing and hiking. It circles the preserve intersecting with the cross country trails here and there.
It’s a fairly short trail, just under two miles, but you get some great views of Lake Pennesseewassee with the Mountains in the background. There is also a warming hut on the property that is open on weekends. I learned after our visit that you can borrow cross-country skies or snowshoes for free from the warming hut.
We’ll have to give that a try the next time we visit. Maybe there is more skiing in my future after all.
Do you like to ski?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.
|things to know|
|Place||Noyes Trail – Roberts Farm Preserve|
|Address||64 Roberts Road, Norway, Maine|
|Winter Scene||Cross Country Ski Trails|
|Website||Western Foothills Land Trust|
|Favorite ♥||Lake & Mountain Views|