|New Snow Last 24 hours||New Snow Last 7 Days||Skiable Miles||Grooming Status|
Welcome to the beginning of winter at Maine Huts & Trails! The snow has been pretty significant this past week and we are loving it. We’ve received more than 12″ of new snow in the last 7 days! And with all of this new snow, we have begun to pack a few of trails, including: Narrow Gauge, Newton’s Revenge, Crommet’s Overlook and the Main Trail between Flagstaff Hut and the Carriage Road. Most of this snow has been very moist as we have received some mixed precipitation, so it is wet and heavy. Keep that in mind if you go out and ski on the packed (or unpacked) trails.
And now, for the even better news…if we have at least 2 feet of snow as a base, we will begin grooming on December 19th! So keep your fingers and toes crossed for more snow this week. In the meantime, get out and enjoy this beautiful winter wonderland!
Trail Report by section
|Trail Section||Surface||New Snow (inches)||Base (inches)||Last Groomed|
|Stratton Brook – Poplar||packed||2″||17″|
|MHT Poplar Area||ice crust – unpacked||2″||16″|
|MHT Poplar – Flagstaff||packed||2″||16″|
|MHT Flagstaff Area||packed||2″||16″|
|MHT Flagstaff – Grand Falls||ice crust – unpacked||1″||14″|
|MHT Grand Falls Area||ice crust – unpacked||1″||12″|
|MHT Grand Falls – West Forks||ice crust – unpacked||1″||12″|
Due to the unpredictable nature of weather, trail conditions and grooming equipment, grooming plans should always be considered tentative. Check in at the office at the start of your trip for the most current conditions and information.
Weather at Maine Huts & Trails
Maine Huts & Trails sits in the Northern Interior climatological region of Maine (see below). What this means for our visitors is a wet spring (April through June), beautiful summers (July through September) with some rain, chilly autumns (October and November) and snowy winters (December through March).
Maine Climate Information
Maine is divided into three climatological divisions: Coastal, Southern Interior, and Northern Interior.
- The Coastal Division, which extends for about twenty miles inland along the length of the coast, is tempered by the ocean, resulting in lower summer and higher winter temperatures than are typical of interior zones.
- The Southern Interior Division extends in a longitudinal belt across the southern portion of the State, and encompasses about 30% of Maine’s total area.
- The Northern Interior Division occupies nearly 60% of the State’s area and has a continental climate. It is furthest from the ocean and contains the highest elevations.
Maine has one of the most comfortable statewide summer climates in the continental United States. Peak temperatures, normally occurring in July, average about 70°F throughout the State.
In the Southern Interior Division during a very warm summer, temperatures may reach 90° for as many as 25 days, and in the Coastal Division, two to seven days. Summer nights are usually comfortably cool. Winters are generally cold, but very prolonged cold spells are rare.
Northern Interior weather stations may record as many as 40 to 60 days of sub-zero temperatures annually, while coastal stations report 10 to 20 sub-zero days per year.
Rain: Annual precipitation in Maine averages 40 inches in the Northern Division, about 42 inches in the South and 46 inches in the Coastal Division. Although Maine is rarely subjected to ice storms, hurricanes and tornadoes, 10 to 20 thunderstorms occur annually in the Coastal Division and 15 to 30 elsewhere. Heavy ground fogs often appear in low-lying inland areas, but occur most frequently along the coast, for 25 to 60 days annually.
Fog: The southern portion has 80 to 120 clear days per year when there is no fog or other precipitation, and northern regions somewhat less. The percentage of possible sunshine varies from 50% in Eastport to about 60% in Portland.
Snow: Average annual snowfall in Maine is 50 to 70 inches in the Coastal Division, 60 to 90 inches in the Southern Interior and 90 to 110 inches in the Northern Interior. The Coastal Division rarely has more than 15 to 20 days annually with snowfall of one inch or more, although a “Northeaster” may occasionally drop 10 or more inches of snow in a single day. The Northern Interior may have up to 30 days a year with a minimum of one inch. January is normally the snowiest month, with an average of about 20 inches.
2014 Dead River Releases
Releases generally last a half-day, beginning around 8:30 am and ending at 1:00 pm.Important Notice: Flows may change without notice due to license requirements and/or water conditions at the time of the scheduled flow.
All information provided by Brookfield Renewable Energy
|Sat May 2, 2015||7000 cfs†||Sat Jul 4, 2015||1800 cfs*|
|Sat May 9, 2015||7000 cfs†||Sun Jul 5, 2015||1300 cfs*|
|Sun May 24, 2015||5500 cfs||Sat Jul 18, 2015||2400 cfs*|
|Sat May 30, 2015||5000 cfs†||
Sun Jul 19, 2015
|Sun May 31, 2015||1300 cfs*||
Sat Aug 8, 2015
|Sat Jun 6, 2015||3500 cfs*||
Sun Aug 9, 2015
|Sun Jun 7, 2015||2400 cfs*||
Sun Sep 6, 2015
|Sat Jun 20, 2015||1800 cfs*||
Sat Sep 19, 2015
|Sun Jun 21, 2015||1300 cfs*||
Sat Oct 3, 2015
|Full Open to 6000 cfs|
†CFS released at Long Falls Dam plus inflow at Spencer. This will depend on spring refill and forecast
*Release at Long Falls Dam as necessary to provide the flows directly below Spencer Stream (Dam plus inflow).