Big Rock opens for XC skiing

14 years ago

Big Rock opens for XC skiing

MARS HILL — Thanks to a concerted effort to make snow, and three to four inches of recent natural snowfall to boot, Bigrock Ski Area is now one of just a handful of ski facilities across North America offering groomed cross country ski trails for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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HEAD START – A group of athletes training with the Maine Winter Sports Center take advantage of early season snow last Tuesday at Bigrock Ski Area in Mars Hill.


The first Bigrock Thanksgiving Ski Carnival kicked off last Tuesday, with a looped ski trail approximately 1.5 kilometers in length, right at the base of the ski area’s Alpine trails.

“I’ve spoken with many of the folks that skied here today,” said Bigrock Marketing Manager Mark Shea, “and they’re pretty impressed with the snow conditions that we are able to offer. Several of them mentioned that it wasn’t that much different than skiing in mid-February – except that it’s a little warmer right now.”

With a base depth of 12-24 inches, Shea was confident that the conditions wouldn’t change that much throughout the week, even with rain in the weather forecast.

“Making snow, and providing a high-quality skiing surface and skiing experience, are areas in which the pride in our work really shows,” said Shea. “With a solid base, we can withstand whatever weather comes our way this week. And if the conditions become more favorable later in the week, we hope to be able to make more even snow and expand the amount of terrain available.”

Trail passes were required each day, at a cost of $10 per person. In a gesture of appreciation toward skiers, Bigrock allowed individuals to ski for free on Thanksgiving Day.