We are excited to announce significant new winter riding options here in Carrabassett Valley this year! CRNEMBA has purchased a SnowDog track-sled groomer. Crazy, right; we know! Tim Flight has organized a volunteer crew to groom the Grassy Loops and other single track accessed from the Narrow Gauge. Town of Carrabassett Valley Trail Manager Josh Tauses is developing some ideas for new winter-only single track for next season.
If you want to help us feed and care for our new Dog, affectionately dubbed “Sprocket”, you can donate your spare change through our website https://carrabassettnemba.org or contact CRNEMBA Treasurer Dana Friend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to graciously offering to help with Sprocket’s maintenance and allowing us access to the Grassy Loops and other trails on their land, Sugarloaf has announced plans to allow winter biking access to Nordic trails 1, 8, and 31. These trails will be available to ride daily, conditions permitting, during Nordic Center hours, and will connect the Redington development, Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, Narrow Gauge, and the resort base area. Riding on the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center trails requires a trail pass available at the Outdoor Center and at Guest Services in the alpine base lodge. Pricing hasn’t been officially announced but we expect it will be similar to last season ($10 per day or $75 for the season). More details can be found at http://sugarloaf.com/activities-and-nightlife/outdoor-center as they become available.
Combined with the trail mileage Maine Huts & Trails grooms, this all adds up to some really great winter ride possibilities!
Nordic trail status will be posted on Sugarloaf’s website at http://sugarloaf.com/activities-and-nightlife/outdoor-center/outdoor-center-conditions. Maine Huts & Trails posts detailed information regarding conditions on their trails at https://mainehuts.org/prepare/trail-conditions. And the status of CRNEMBA groomed trails will be available on our website https://carrabassettnemba.org/trail-conditions/.
A cheat-sheet for winter-biking etiquette will soon be available on the CRNEMBA website.
Winter grooming of single track will be a learning experience for us so we ask for some patience as we figure it all out!