Fun Ways to Play in the Snow in Maine this Winter

It’s time to bundle up and get outdoors with these fun ways to play in the snow in Maine this winter! Snowball fights aside, a day spent in the great outdoors can awaken a whole new sense of wonder and excitement.

Thrill seekers will love attempting ice climbing with experienced guides. Nature lovers will look in awe at the natural beauty of this glorious state while riding horseback through the fields. Couples will delight in a romantic dog sled or sleigh ride through the countryside.

However you wish to experience winter, book your stay at our little slice of heaven in Poland, Maine. Our spacious suites with spa tubs and fireplaces will offer some much-appreciated warmth and relaxation after a day spent outside.


Person wearing ice shoes with spikes in the ice


Ice Climbing in Maine

If you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for a new experience, then you’ve found it. Under the skillful eyes of seasoned guides, you’ll learn the ins and outs of ice climbing at Equinox Guiding Service. There’s no need to invest in expensive equipment. Their full- or half-day outings provide everything you will need for a fun and safe experience.

If you’re new to the sport, their Intro to Ice Climbing tour will cover the basic skills and techniques needed. For those of you who are experienced, the Intermediate Ice Climbing adventure will teach advanced techniques, and increase your comfort and confidence on the ice.

Person riding a horse over a snowy trail surrounded by trees

Horseback Riding at Carousel Horse Farm

Explore the Maine countryside on horseback this winter. Carousel Horse Farm offers horseback riding trips in nearby Casco. Choose from a 1-hour or 2-hour ride designed for all levels of experience, even those who have never been on a horse before. You’ll be rewarded with sights of wildlife in a winter wonderland, such as white tail deer, squirrels and chipmunks, wood chucks, wild turkey, and if you’re lucky, a moose!

Pack of dog sleds pulling a sled on a snowy trail through the woods.

Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience

Try something a little different this winter. The Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience, located in nearby Oxford, specializes in dog sledding tours on groomed trails through the woods and fields of Hebron, Casco, and Bethel, Maine.

With a team of Alaskan huskies and German short-hair pointers, you’ll dash through the snow on a sled built for speed. These dogs are bred to run, and run they will, with abandon, pulling you and a companion through the snow-covered hills with a seasoned guide at the helm. Choose a 1- or 2-hour tour through the woods, starting with a 15-minute meet and greet with the dogs. These friendly pups love meeting new people, and may cover you in doggie kisses.

For an even more thrilling ride, sign up for the 3-hour mountain tour. Here, you’ll ascend 2,000 feet up a mountain side, and then careen downhill for a heart-pounding trip through the Maine wilderness. It may be a “once-in-a-lifetime” adventure, but one you’ll never forget.

For a truly in-depth initiation to the sport, the 2- or 3-day “Intro to Dog Sledding Package” is the way to go. You’ll learn hands-on techniques for harnessing and handling the dogs and tips and tricks for navigating the sled. For those of you who show real promise, you may be invited to hook up your own team on the final day of the tour.

Horse-drawn sleigh carrying people through a snow trail

Sleigh Rides at High View Farm

Nestled together in an authentic sleigh, you’ll glide through the woods pulled by sure-footed horses at High View Farm. Opt for a romantic vis-à-vis ride (face-to-face), or gather with a group in their largest sleigh, which comfortably fits up to 10 people. Be sure to dress warmly for these 40-minute rides. Add on their campfire special to enjoy hot cocoa and marshmallows around a warm fire afterwards.

For more ideas on snow adventures in Maine, read our blog post: Your New Guide to Fun Winter Activities.

Golden sunset over Tripp Lake and a firepit with Adirondack chairs behind Wolf Cove Inn

After a day enjoying these fun ways to play in the snow in Maine this winter, return to the comfort of your guest room at Wolf Cove Inn. Rest your weary bones in a spa tub or in front of the fire. Refresh tired muscles with an in-room massage by a licensed therapist. Or watch the sun set behind the lake at the end of the day. It’s all waiting for you here on Tripp Lake.



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