The Camden Snow Bowl has seen a significant upswing in attendance the past few weeks with Old Man Winter gracing the Midcoast over and over. Now, after nearly a year of grooming and constructing, the ski mountain will unveil its newest trail — with plenty of snow to boot.

The Camden Snow Bowl will showcase its 3.2-mile cross-country trail on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. The trail begins on the left side of the mountain’s snow tubing hill, has a brief ascent through the eastern side of the mountain before heading south and looping through a 325-acre portion of the Coastal Mountain Land Trust’s Ragged Mountain Preserve.

The new trail, made possible by the Coastal Mountain Land Trust, will be groomed voluntarily by Camden Hills Regional High School cross-country ski coach Richard Stetson.

The trail was constructed over the summer and fall thanks to the work displayed by the Maine Conservation Corps, volunteers from the Land Trust, Camden Hills and the Midcoast Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Construction of the trail was funded through the financial support of the Knox County Fund at the Maine Community Foundation, the Land for Maine’s Future Program and the Maine Recreational Trails Program.

The trail is also made possible by the Foote family which granted the land trust permission to bring the trail across their Ragged Mountain property.

Given the steep rise of the first 3/10ths of a mile of the new trail, it is recommended that skiers consider hiking the first section and remove their skis and walk downhill upon their return, depending on snow conditions and ability level. A more gentle ascent plans to be constructed prior to next season.

The trail is one section of an expanded network of trails that will provide greater hiking, skiing and mountain bike access to Ragged Mountain, which the land trust and Snow Bowl will open in the coming year.

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