St. John Valley

Fort Kent ski hill to open on Saturday

FORT KENT, Maine — Volunteers have been giving Mother Nature a helping hand at Lonesome Pine Trails in preparation for the ski hill to open on Saturday.

Snow is being made to supplement what has fallen naturally so far this season on the trails of the St. John Valley’s only ski hill.

More snow is not expected and the weather should be mild on opening weekend, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Bloomer. 

“Looks like a storm passing to our south this weekend so it will just be breezy, cool and dry here unless the storm can come farther north,” Bloomer said. 

Season ski passes are selling fast, and were an especially popular purchase at the annual ski sale at the Lonesome Pines Lodge on Sunday, Nov. 20.

“It’s been phenomenal. We’re gaining new members all the time,” Lonesome Pines manager Mike Voisine said. 

It’s too soon to call the snow outlook for this winter, but Bloomer said there should be plenty of powder to go around.

“Far northern Maine always gets good snow one way or another so it’s probably a good bet that it will end up snowy,” he said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the incorrect day for Lonesome Pines ski trail’s opening. The slopes open Saturday.

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