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Cross-Country Skiing

Aroostook County is the home of two of the world’s top Nordic venues. These world-class venues, equipped with fireplaces, saunas, showers, lit trails for night skiing and state of the art wax facilities, as well as 20 community trails systems are available free to the public.

During  stay in Aroostook County, winter sport enthusiasts may find themselves crossing skis with some of the world’s best winter athletes.  Aroostook County hosts North America’s highest level of Nordic competition. The 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent hosted the 2004 Biathlon World Cup, the 2005 World Nordic Paralympic Championships and countless North American and National Championships in both Biathlon and Cross Country Skiing. The Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle hosted the 2006 Biathlon World Junior Championships in 2006, the USSA JO National Championships in 2010 and has also hosted numerous International and national championships.

For more information about additional cross-country ski locations, please visit the Maine Winter Sports Center.

“After finally visiting The County last winter, my expectations were fully met, and then some. The Maine Winter Sports Center has done a tremendous job breathing new life into the area as a cross-country ski destination. This, coupled with the venues in Fort Kent, Presque Isle and the numerous community ski trails of all size and description have positioned the area to become one of the pre-eminent Nordic ski destinations in the Northeast – one to which I will surely pay a return visit”.

Ron Bergin, 
Editor/Publisher, 
Cross Country Skier magazine