You may have missed out on a blueberry pie eating contest or other summer events in Maine, but you can redeem yourself by experiencing these and other fun activities at Maine ski mountain events.
White White World Week is the annual winter carnival at Sugarloaf Resort in Carrabassett Valley. The "wackiest week in ski country" happens Jan. 23-26 with nightly themed parties at on- and off-mountain restaurants and bars, concerts, spectator-friendly races, and the crowning of the carnival king and queen.
Bring your ugly ski sweater and appetite for blueberry pie to the 24th Annual Family Fest at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton Feb. 23. Happenings include a snow sculpture contest, ski poker run, snow volleyball tournament, activities for children, a blueberry pie eating contest and the ugliest ski sweater contest. All activities are free.
Free-heeled skiing enthusiasts will gather at Saddleback Maine March 10 for the 8th Annual Telemark Invasion. There will be telemark equipment demonstrations, instruction clinics, group ski runs, and an up and down race using ski climbing skins.
The Mars Hill Winterfest takes place March 10-11 at Bigrock Ski Area in Aroostook County. A human slalom race, Kardboard Klassic sled race, big air terrain park contest, youth ski race, torchlight parade and fireworks, and a hot chicken sandwich supper are planned during the weekend.
Meanwhile, a new 14-mile section of the Maine Hut Trail maintained by the Maine Huts & Trails organization is open to cross country skiers and snowshoers. The free trail now stretches a total of 45 miles from Carrabassett Valley to The Forks, with three staffed lodges that have overnight accommodations, meals and hot running water.
For more information about top events in Maine take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Maine.