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Ski Acadia

02/13/2015
I had to go "off trail" to get this photo of Witch Hole Pond with Cadillac Mountain in the background.

I had to go “off trail” to get this photo of Witch Hole Pond with Cadillac Mountain in the background.

“There’s a lot of happy people here today.”

Jen and I heard that line from two different people as we cross-country skied around Witch Hole Pond in Acadia National Park last weekend. Yes, it was a glorious day to be in the woods.

Jen skis down the Witch Hole Pond Trail.

Jen skis down the Witch Hole Pond Trail.

When John D. Rockefeller built a carriage trail network around his Mount Desert Island summer home, I’m sure he never imaged people would use them for cross-country skiing. It turns out the 16-foot-wide trails with gradual slopes, easy turns and stunning vistas make for some of the best skiing on the planet.

On 30-year-old skis borrowed from mom and dad, we glided around the three-mile loop in about two hours. It was like a Disney World float ride except we cruised through tunnels of snow covered pine trees with long distance views of Frenchman Bay and Cadillac Mountain. We passed frozen ponds surrounded by woodlands, a lake with a tiny island of evergreens and swamp scattered with dead trees that looked like a failed Lincoln Log project.

Jen said she felt more confident on her skis than other outings in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Attribute that to ideal snow conditions, wide level trails and only a couple dozen other skiers. “It’s the best day we’ve had in the park,” she said as we took off our skis at the Duck Brook Road bridge.

Count us both as the “happy people.”

The Duck Brook Road carriage trail bridge was the start and finish for a day of cross-country skiing.

The Duck Brook Road carriage trail bridge was the start and finish for a day of cross-country skiing.

 

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2 Comments
  1. Love that place. Never spent much time there in the winter though. Enjoy.

  2. “…some of the best skiing on the planet” – Sounds like a winner and looks lovely!

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