Quarry Road Trails 2017-2018 Winter Season Kicks Off

Quarry Road Trails 2017-2018 Winter Season Kicks Off

With temperatures dropping below the freezing mark, snowmaking is in full swing at Waterville’s Quarry Road Trails. The area will kick off a busy winter ski season with the opening of the Welcome Center yurt on Saturday, December 2.

Quarry Road Trails is able to open thanks to its state-of-the-art snowmaking system, which ensures that the trails will be covered even in periods of low natural snowfall. The area opened for skiing on November 22 with a 500-meter loop of manmade snow groomed for both classic and skate skiing. Snowmaking will be ongoing throughout the season, with additional terrain in the 10-kilometer trail network opening as conditions allow.

The Welcome Center will be open daily providing tickets, ski rentals, snacks, and information from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Day tickets for cross-country skiing on the groomed trails start at just $5 for Waterville resident students. Affordable season passes are also available: a family of four can ski all season for as little as $119. Use of the snowshoe trails and other ungroomed areas is always free, as is skiing for children 6 and younger.

Over a mile of trail will be lit daily until 9 p.m. for night skiing throughout the winter. Other opportunities for winter outdoor recreation include snowshoeing and when conditions permit, winter fat biking.
A full calendar of events is planned in the coming months, including many ski races, a donor recognition event on December 10, and a free learn-to-ski day slated for December 16. Other activities like Central Maine Ski Club’s after-school youth ski program, regional ski competitions, and monthly Community Ski Free Days offer something for everyone at the popular recreation area this winter.
Season passes and day tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Quarry Road Welcome Center yurt. Season passes can also be purchased online at quarryroad.org, at the Alfond Youth Center, or the Finance Dept. at Waterville’s City Hall.

The area is supported through ski pass sales, donations, and contributions from annual sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Central Maine Motors, Consigli Construction, Grondin’s Construction, Inland Hospital, MaineGeneral, and Maine State Credit Union at gold level; silver level sponsor, Morin Orthodontics; and bronze level sponsors, Marden’s and Sappi.

Volunteers are needed to help this winter in the following areas: youth ski program, staffing the Welcome Center, events, and reporting on snow conditions. If interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, call (207) 446-7356 or email volunteer@quarryroad.org.

For further information about the area, programs, and events, call Waterville Parks and Recreation at (207) 680-4744 or visit quarryroad.org.