Snow transforms Maine into a winter-wonderland of outdoor entertainment, replete with skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and more. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the better Maine cross country skiing areas near the Kennebunks.
Maine Cross Country Skiing
Harris Farm XC Ski Center – 280 Buzzell Road, Dayton – www.harrisfarm.com
Harris Farm’s 1,000-acre cross-country ski center, open 9am to dark, offers 40 kilometers of ski trails for skiers of all levels. 30 kilometers of the trails are groomed with wide skating lanes and 35 kilometers are track set. Snowshoeing is also available, as well as sledding. The Harris Farm lodge contains a retail and rental shop, restrooms, kitchen area, and a common room with a wood stove. Hotdogs, snacks, and hot drinks are available for sale on the weekends.
Smiling Hill Farm – 781 County Road, Westbrook – www.smilinghill.com
Smiling Hill Farm offers 25 kilometers of machine-groomed, cross country ski and snowshoe trails for novice, intermediate, and advanced skiers, as well as marked nature trails. Ski trails are groomed wide to allow both classical tracked and a generous skate lane. Open 9am to dusk, Smiling Hill Farm has a fully equipped, Rossignol rental line with ski packages available. A snack bar, with a warming wood stove, changing area, gift shop and dairy store make up the rest of the picturesque and historic Smiling Hill Farm cross country ski grounds.
Five Fields Farm – 720 South Bridgton Road, Bridgton – www.fivefieldsski.com
Historically an apple orchard, Five Fields Farm has been hosting cross country skiers and snowshoeing for over a decade and offers 27 kilometers of trails for enthusiasts of all levels of skill. The trails loop around the farm’s orchards, connected by logging roads. Links to Loon Echo Land Trust on Bald Pate Mountain: while groomed trails do not extend to this summit, snowshoe hikers and more adventuresome skiers are encouraged to take this 20 minute, back-country trek for the reward of an incredible view stretching to the horizon. Five Fields Farm offers rental equipment in all sizes including snowshoes and a comfortable warming house.
A stay at The Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunk’s Lower Village is your key to comfort and convenience. Located within walking distance of Kennebunkport Village, aka Dock Square, The Inn at English Meadows is near numerous shops, galleries, restaurants, and historic homes – not to mention the beautiful ocean beaches and picturesque coastline less than a mile away from the inn!