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Maine Huts & Trails 4-Day Tour

Ski 11 to 13 miles per day in the beautiful mountains of Western Maine near Sugarloaf Ski Resort. It is one of the most unique Nordic and backcountry skiing experiences in the East.

Overnight accommodations are bunk rooms with a capacity of 4 to 12, depending on hut. Bunk rooms are heated to 50 degrees. Bring 40 degree (or warmer) sleeping bag and pillow case (mattress and pillow provided). Hot showers available, but bring your own towel.

When
Tuesday, March 7 to Friday, March 10, 2017, with optional additional day on Monday, March 6.

Grooming
Trails are groomed for backcountry skiing. Grooming is not intended to be touring center quality. Backcountry skis with edges are recommended. Be prepared for all conditions.

Gear Shuttle
All personal gear will be shuttled in your backpack (no duffle bags, suitcases, totes, etc). Maximum backpack weight cannot exceed 25 pounds. (Gear list on the mainehuts.org website)

Daily Itinerary – Maine Huts Trail Map

Tuesday

We will meet at Longfellow’s restaurant, 247 Main Street (Route 27) Kingfield at 11:15 for lunch (Dutch treat). Afterwards, we will drop gear at the trailhead, spot vehicles and shuttle to the Airport trailhead.  We will ski for just 3.2 miles to the Poplar Stream Falls Hut. There we will enjoy dinner, an overnight stay, and full American breakfast.

Wednesday

After breakfast, we will pack a light day pack along with a trail lunch and begin our 11.2 mile ski to the Flagstaff Hut for overnight #2. Our gear will be shuttled for us to the Flagstaff Hut to make our ski experience light weight and more enjoyable.

Thursday

After dinner, a good night sleep, and breakfast, we will then depart Flagstaff Hut with a trail lunch for a beautiful ski along the Dead River, crossing the Dead River via the 200 foot Chappell footbridge. After the river crossing, we will enjoy the spectacular view of Grand Falls and then continue 1.2 miles to the Grand Falls Hut. Our ski today is 12 miles. Our gear will be shuttled.

Friday

After another wonderful night at the hut with dinner and breakfast we will be sent off with another trail lunch back to Flagstaff Hut and then continue 1.8 miles to the Flagstaff Hut trail head to pick up our gear and vehicles. 

Option for Monday, March 6 
Ski 3 miles to Stratton Brook Hut for dinner, overnight, and breakfast. Then, on Tuesday, ski 8 miles to Poplar Stream Falls Hut and join the rest of the group. Same meeting place, time and other arrangements as Tuesday. $118 additional charge.

Registration

Trip cost is $395/person for the 4 day/3 night tour or $520 for the 5 day/4 night tour, based on minimum group size of 12. There is a $100/person deposit ($150 for 5 day/4 night tour) required to hold your place, with the balance due before the registration deadline (January 30, 2017).

Mail checks to: Pete Lane, 29 Ahern Rd., Marlboro, MA, 01752

Price includes:

  • 3 (or 4) night’s accommodations at full service backcountry eco-lodges
  • 3 (or 4) home-cooked dinners
  • 3 (or 4) trail lunches
  • 3 (or 4) full breakfasts
  • Gear shuttle every day. Size and weight restrictions apply

Not included in price:

  • Lunch first day (Dutch treat)
  • Beer and wine (for sale at huts)
  • Gratuity for hut crews.

Registration Deadline
January 30, 2017

Trip leader
Pete Lane – pete.lane@comcast.net

Pete is a frequent skier on the Catamount Trail, and has organized and lead the CTA hut tours for several years. When it’s not ski season, he can be found biking, hiking, peak bagging, orienteering, or volunteering with one of several trail organizations.

Click Here To Download Tour Info In Printable Form 

Additional information about the Maine Huts & Trails network can be found on their website – www.mainehuts.org.