Favorite Places in Maine: Maine Winter Sports Center

Posted Jan. 05, 2011, at 5:21 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:29 p.m.

With facilities in Fort Kent and Presque Isle, the Maine Winter Sports Center is the perfect place for winter recreation.

Children and adults can enjoy recreational skiing at the 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent and the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle. All community trails are free of charge and open year round for nonmotorized use.

In the summer, the miles of trails are available for mountain biking. Trails are offered to participants of various skill levels. Bikers can go for an easy ride over a flat surface or a challenging ride over the more mountainous terrain.

During the snow-free months at the 10th Mountain Center, a paved loop is available for roller-skiing and rollerblading.

The MWSC also offers a number of programs to teach people how to cross-country ski and become better bikers at the facility, and MWSC staffers take their programs into local schools to teach youth how to use the outdoors to live a healthful lifestyle.

For those who’d rather watch winter sports, the MWSC hosts a number of competitions for skiers and biathletes every year. The next big event is the 2011 IBU World Cup Biathlon, Feb. 10-13 in Fort Kent.