Big Island is often left quiet throughout the long, cold winter months, but maybe not for long.
Orono City Council recently approved a trial of a temporary cross-country ski trail for public use on the island.
The idea came from a local skier and Big Island and Back organizer Rick Carter and was passed on to the council with strong recommendation from Orono’s Park Commission.
“It’d be great to get good people out there, doing good things,” Park Commission Chair Rick Meyers said.
Following the approval by the council, Carter was going to have the trail groomed by the same groomers who did the work for the annual Big Island and Back ski and snowshoe race. However, due to recent temperatures and a lack of snowfall, the event was turned into more of a voluntary, at-your-own-risk event.
The modified event also put a damper on the grooming of ski trails on Big Island.
“When and if the snow hits again, this is going to happen,” Carter said.
Carter said that ideally it would take another 10-12 inches of snow to create optimum ski trails out on the island.
However, with more snowfall comes another concern, snowmobiles. According to regulations on the island, snowmobiles are not allowed, although Carter said that those regulations do not always stop them and snowmobiles can damage the groomed ski trails rather quickly.
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