Visit our auction and place some bids
Posted: 11/20/2014

Our on-line auction ends on November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone will get a chance to check it out. We have some once-in-a-lifetime items like the night with NHL Hall-of-Famer, Ray Bourque. It starts with dinner at his restaurant in the North End of Boston and finishes with a Bruins game at his luxury suite at the TD Garden. We also have $25,000 worth of leadership and talent development consulting from internationally respected Osprey Leadership Consulting. Then there is the Biathlon Fantasy Camp at the 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent, a chance to get coaching from our Olympic Development staff and athletes, a catered lunch and two nights at the Inn of Acadia, northern Maine's newest luxury inn. There are also pieces of apparel, beautiful art, gear and vacations.


Program Update, Fall 2014
Posted: 11/04/2014

If there was any doubt that the seasons were changing, this last nor’easter should have solidly confirmed that winter is on the way in.  While many people across Maine see this as a time to head inside and hunker down for the long, cold months ahead, we’re busy as ever gearing up for another beautiful season outdoors.  With that in mind, here are four brief program updates you should know about from the Maine Winter Sports Center:


Fundraiser for MWSC Olympic Development Team Athletes
Posted: 10/30/2014
We'll be holding a fundraiser for MWSC Olympic Development Team athletes Saturday, November 8th from 5-7PM at the Portland Art Gallery on 154 Middle Street in Portland. We have the funding to support our athletes training and competition schedules in the US. Your support will help ensure every athlete that qualifies to compete at World Junior Champions, World Cups, or any other international competition can do so. 


Youth Development is Long-Term Development
Posted: 10/01/2014

October 2014 Community Update
Lauren Jacobs, MWSC Youth Development Director

We have all probably heard it before: human adolescence is a time of rapid brain and body development, second only to growth during infancy. For those of us not currently living it, we can certainly think back and remember what it was like (some of us may want to do more or less remembering than others). Most likely we will remember trying to figure out who we were, where we fit in, and what our passions were. We were able to look beyond ourselves and understand the greater world in more complicated and nuanced ways. Much, though certainly not all, of our sense of self and place in the world was formed during these years.



Summer Biathlon Training Wraps up in Vermont
Posted: 09/05/2014
Seth Hubbard, MWSC Biathlon Director
The end of August marked the end of summer training for our MWSC Racing Teams, and athletes are now transitioning to high school, college, or the more focused fall training blocks just around the corner. For the Maine Winter Sports Center Biathlon Program this time of year marks the first set of races for the season. Every August the U.S. Biathlon Association gathers in Jericho Vermont for training and racing. This season was no exception, save for the separation of the junior and senior Summer National championships by one week. These races serve as a great opportunity for athletes to test out their summer training efforts, gain valuable racing experience as they move into new age classes, begin moving towards World Cup season qualification, and last but not least, find the motivation to press on into a busy fall season.

NENSA Level 1 Coaching Clinic with Bowdoin College coach Nathan Alsobrook
Posted: 09/05/2014
Saturday, Sept. 20th
Pineland Outdoor Center – 10am-3pm
The theme of this clinic will be getting the most out of dryland training sessions – running dryland practices that are creative, productive, and simple.  In particular, these sessions are targeted at junior/youth coaches working with large groups and few resources; however, coaches at all levels can benefit from these discussions.  For more information, including registration, go to  Contact Nathan Alsobrook (; 207 725-3830) with questions.

Adventure Initiative Expedition Introduced Maine Teens to Rivers and Peaks
Posted: 08/01/2014

by: Joshua Firmin, MWSC Development Coach

MILLINOCKET – From June 8th to the 13th, six high school students from around the state participated in the second annual Adventure Initiative Teen Leadership Expedition. Led by MWSC coaches Mike Smith and Joshua Firmin, the group spent 6 days and 5 nights whitewater kayaking, hiking and swimming along the west branch corridor of the Penobscot River. Forming the southern boundary of Baxter State Park, the west branch corridor provided excellent opportunities for the students to experience challenge and adventure while learning new skills and developing their leadership potential. Throughout the week students discussed and reflected on topics ranging from managing risk, working with fear, and defining leadership. The students also put their culinary skills to the test by cooking their own camp meals each night.



MWSC Youth Development Camp Explores Gulf Hagas
Posted: 08/01/2014

GULF HAGAS – Ten participants – aged 11 to 14 – from around northern and eastern Maine recently participated in a three-day MWSC Youth Development Camp in the Gulf Hagas region. The camp’s focus was on building skills in a variety of activities to enhance the fun and influence of adventures in the Maine woods.


MWSC's Adventure Initiative Summer Teen Program
Posted: 06/02/2014

The Adventure Initiative is a program of the Maine Winter Sports Center offering teens and adults the opportunity to experience wilderness-based adventure throughout Maine and beyond. The goal of the Adventure Initiative is to teach skills and provide experiences that will ignite an individual's passion to create and share adventure within his or her own outdoor community. We’re looking for students excited to learn, excited to share and willing to lead.


This summer the Adventure Initiative program is offering Maine teens a week on the West Branch of the Penobscot River, one of Maine’s most legendary waterways.  Participants will learn to negotiate this incredible whitewater river via kayak while also exploring the surrounding trails and peaks on foot.  Working as a group students will explore this rugged landscape by day, and base camp along the banks of the river by night.  Spaces are limited.  Maine high school students currently in 9th to 12th grade should apply today by following this link!






Maine Winter Sports Center raises over $355,000 in 9 weeks toward Mary Barton Smith’s $400,000 matching gift
Posted: 05/01/2014
Many conversations are still ongoing to reach the full $400,000 and Mrs. Smith has agreed to extend deadline to September 1st to allow those discussions to play themselves out.
Caribou, Maine - The Libra Foundation announced in early February they were ending their funding to the Maine Winter Sports Center, putting the future of the Center at risk. Presque Isle native, Mary Barton Smith, who has shown great generosity toward the Presque Isle community, offered the MWSC a $100,000 gift and a separate $400,000 matching gift to help create a new future for the Center. With Libra’s funding set to end on April 30th, which was the end of the MWSC fiscal year, the 30th was also chosen as the deadline for the matching gift. 

MWSC Announces New Board Members
Posted: 04/21/2014
The Maine Winter Sports Center is creating a new company, focused exclusively on programming, while the 10th Mountain Center and Nordic Heritage Center will now be under the direction of a new entity, Aroostook Nordic Inc. 
As a result of this reorganization, the MWSC is creating a new board to oversee its programming operations. We are still in discussions with a couple more candidates, but this is the MWSC’s new board as of April 21. We are honored and excited to have such strong leaders join the effort.
Our new members are:

Echoes Magazine Features Aroostook County on the World Stage
Posted: 04/02/2014
The front cover of Echoes features daytime at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Fort Kent,  an 18" x 24" oil painting by Dolores Dumont of Fort Kent. INSETS: U.S. biathletes trained at Aroostook County's Maine Winter Sports Center compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Front cover: Russell Currier of Stockholm, Maine. Photo by Paul Phillips/Competitive Image. For more go to Echoes website at:

Penobscot Valley Ski Club – Maine’s largest—recognizes impact of Maine Winter Sports Center in greater Bangor area with donation to fundraising campaign.
Posted: 03/06/2014
$5,000 gift will be matched, creating $10,000 in donations
Caribou, Maine -The Penobscot Valley Ski Club (PVSC), based in the Bangor area, announced a $5,000 gift to the Maine Winter Sports Center’s fundraising campaign. That campaign is looking to raise $900,000 by April 30th in an effort to keep the MWSC programs available to Maine.  

Posted: 03/05/2014
NBC Olympics to Present 52 Hours of Paralympic Winter Games Coverage Across NBC and NBCSN
Live Coverage Begins with the Opening Ceremony Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCS to Provide Comprehensive Live Streaming Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee will present an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage of the upcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games across NBC and NBCSN including 27 hours of live coverage, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games

Annual BKL Festival a Success in Wateville
Posted: 03/04/2014

The Maine Winter Sports Center was well-represented at the New England Nordic Association's BKL Festival at the Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville on February 22 and 23. 


Maine Winter Sports Center Announces Major Gift
Posted: 02/27/2014

Presque Isle native, Mary Smith, has given a gift that, if matched, could generate up to $900,000, enough to guarantee continuation of programming.


Presque Isle, Maine - A little over three weeks ago the Maine Winter Sports Center announced a reorganization that would require it to secure a new source of funding for its programs beyond April 30, 2014. Since that time we have been working to secure that new funding and committed to ensuring the programs continue.


“The Libra Foundation has been a remarkable partner for 15 years,” said Andy Shepard, President and CEO of the MWSC. “The legacy of that support can be seen in the worldclass venues that continue to bring the world to Maine and in the world-class programs that are impacting thousands of kids and their families across the state. The time has come for Libra to focus on other initiatives around the state and for the MWSC to define a new funding model for our programming. Mary’s remarkable gift is a major step in that direction.”


Event Schedule of IBU Youth/Junior World Championships & Other Events in Central Aroostook
Posted: 02/21/2014

Check out these links to the schedule and other events happening during IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, Maine


Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT Needs Assistance
Posted: 02/13/2014
Our friends at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont will be hosting Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships at the end of the month and need some help. They are looking for someone willing to pick up a brute sled (large plastic sled that tows behind a snowmobile).  It is located in Jackman, Maine at Jackman Powersports. They would comp the individual, or couple, with a 2 night stay at Trapp Family Lodge and even throw in some meals!  
If you are able to help please contact Paul McNeal at

MWSC Launches its Fundraising Campaign
Posted: 02/12/2014

Please donate now to help us continue making a difference.

The Maine Winter Sports Center has developed a global reputation for the quality of our programming and the impact we are having in Maine. For the past 15 years the financial support of the Libra Foundation has made that all possible, but now it is time for us to develop a new funding model.

Our award-winning programs are in over 140 communities across Maine, from Eliot to Fort Kent and Farmington to the outer isles, our Youth and Olympic Development race programs are having unprecedented success and our events are bringing the world to Maine. If you value the work we are doing, or have been affected by our programs and would like to see us continue making a difference in Maine, please help by giving generously. We need to raise at least $550,000 by March 31 and you can help make the difference.

Click here to DONATE TODAY!



Penobscot Ski Bash a Smashing Success
Posted: 02/11/2014

 With a cloudless sky overhead on Sunday and plenty of snow underfoot, more than 300 people participated in the second annual Penobscot Ski Bash at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. The goal of the event was to get families outside and active on cross-country skis and snowshoes, and to showcase what the Bangor region has for outdoor winter facilities. 


Downtown Ski Fest Highlights Community Spirit
Posted: 02/10/2014

CARIBOU – Friday evening, while most people were wrapping up another workweek, crews from the City of Caribou, Soderberg Construction, Caribou Parks and Rec, and the Boreal Outdoor Club were just beginning the ambitious task of transforming downtown Caribou into a Nordic ski arena.  Hauling over 90 truckloads of snow from the surrounding area, crews worked late into the night to turn Sweden Street and the adjacent parking area into a winter wonderland for the weekend’s line up of cross-country ski events.


Saturday showcased the newly evolved Downtown Ski Festival.  The event was a collaborative effort of several organizations including the City of Caribou, the Boreal Outdoor Club, the Parks and Rec Department, the Caribou Rotary Club, the Maine Winter Sports Center, Cary Medical, and other area businesses.  Taking the annual Aroostook Youth Ski Festival, Middle School Ski Sprints, and the Aroostook Cup citizen race series, the group combined these events into a one-day festival in the downtown.  To top it off, participants and spectators at the festival had the chance to view homegrown Olympian Russell Currier compete in his race debut in Sochi, Russia on large screen televisions thanks to local dowtown business, Options RTO.    


Bangor Daily News - Letter to the editor
Posted: 02/09/2014
Outdoor lifestyles
I want to express how much I value the work that Maine Winter Sports Center has done in Maine communities as well as in my own life. This nonprofit organization has inspired active, outdoor lifestyles in countless Mainers. MWSC’s Healthy Hometowns program has generated enthusiasm in all ages about playing outside. The competition program helps athletes in Maine take their pursuits to the next level, all the way from regional skiing competitions to the Winter Olympics.

Watch Senator Collins speech celebrating Russell Currier and the MWSC!
Posted: 02/08/2014

important! Libra Foundation announces they will end funding to the Maine Winter Sports Center
Posted: 02/05/2014
Please help us continue making a difference in Maine
The Maine Winter Sports Center has developed a global reputation for the quality of our programming and the impact we are having in Maine. For the past 15 years the financial support of the Libra Foundation has made that all possible, but now it is time for us to develop a new funding model.
Our award-winning programs are in over 140 communities across Maine, from Eliot to Fort Kent and Farmington to the outer isles, our Youth and Olympic Development race programs are having unprecedented success and our events are bringing the world to Maine. If you value the work we are doing, or have been affected by our programs and would like to see us continue making a difference in Maine, please help by giving generously. We need to raise at least $550,000 by March 31 and you can help make the difference.
At this moment the Maine Winter Sports Center is in the process of setting up a new operating entity and cannot accept any donations until complete. Please check back soon and please stand by for our fundraising campaign. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hearing from you!
Have questions? Call 207-492-1444 or email

Caribou Historical to Honor the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival and Ski Sprints
Posted: 02/04/2014
“The Caribou Historical, is going to have a display at the Historical Center & Museum during the month of February.  The display will be up for the month of February to honor the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival and Ski Sprints and the Henry Anderson Ski DAG as well as the biathlon taking place at the end of the month in Presque Isle.

Posted: 01/30/2014
Former marine is seventh MWSC athlete named to represent United States at the Sochi Games 
Caribou, Maine—Omar Bermejo (Grand Rapids, MI) was nominated today to represent the United States as a member of the Cross-Country and Biathlon Teams at the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  Bermejo, who lost his right arm in a motorcycle accident, previously served the U.S. through five tours of Iraq with the Marine Corps.  Sochi will mark his Olympic debut. 

Family Ski Program Begins in Freeport
Posted: 01/30/2014

 FREEPORT – This past Saturday families from the greater Freeport area participated in the first session of the Freeport Family Ski Program at the Hunter Rd. Fields in Freeport, ME.  Despite cold temps and blustery winds, over fifteen participants ranging in age from 6 to 60 came out to enjoy a morning of learning and fun on Nordic skis.   The Freeport Family Ski Program is the result of collaboration between RSU 5 Recreation and Community Education, the Maine Winter Sports Center and community volunteers.  It is designed to provide opportunities for families to get outside together while developing Nordic skiing skills and experiencing different Nordic skiing venues throughout the community. 


Posted: 01/22/2014
Four-time Olympian is sixth MWSC athlete named to represent United States at the Sochi Games 
Caribou, Maine—Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) was nominated today to represent the United States as a member of the Cross-Country Ski Team at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  After a difficult, and at times trying, early season, Freeman went to U.S. National Championships and secured his spot as the second ranked male distance skier in the country.  

Benefit Supper for Chris & Debbie Currier
Posted: 01/21/2014

After the wonderful news about Russell being named to the US Biathlon Team for the Winter Olympics, there was excitement and anticipation in the air. A lot of people wanted to do something to honor this achievement and help in some way. As a result, some Caribou friends of the County skiing community have decided to host a benefit supper to raise money to help send Chris and Debbie Currier to Russia to see Russell compete in the Olympic Games.


Local Reaction to Russell Currier Making the Olympic Team
Posted: 01/19/2014
In case you missed it here is the link to the story on the local reaction to Russell Currier making the Olympic Team.

Russell Currier Named to Olympic Team
Posted: 01/13/2014

Currier is first athlete to come completely through the MWSC programming to earn a spot on Olympic Team

Caribou, Maine Stockholm, Maine’s Russell Currier was again the top American at US Biathlon Olympic Trials in Ridnaun, Italy today, completing a dominating performance to earn a spot on the 2014 US Olympic Team. The trials format scored each competitors top three-of-four races over the past two weekends and discarded the lowest score. Currier finished the four race trials with 3 first places and a second to secure his spot. 



MWSC athletes, Russell Currier, Jeremy Teela and Casey Smith make their final push for Olympic Team selection this weekend.
Posted: 01/10/2014
The final phase of Olympic trials come down to an IBU Cup series this weekend in Ridnaun, Italy and three MWSC athletes are in the mix. Russell Currier is leading the results so far with a first and a second place finish among the Americans in a format that includes the two races from last weekend and the two races from this coming weekend. Each athlete gets to keep their top three results from the four races. There are four men in the finals and two slots still to be filled for the Sochi Olympic Team. Already named to the team are MWSC alumni, Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Annelies Cook.
Tomorrow’s race is a 20K Individual Races, starting at 10AM (4AM EST). The final race will be Sunday’s 10K Sprint, also at 4AM EST. The team will be announced Sunday evening.
Check out these links of Russell and Seth Hubbard, the MWSC biathlon coach in an ad campaign for Vicks. They are exceptionally well done.

23 Junior Team members attend Thanksgiving Camp in Quebec
Posted: 12/05/2013

With the race season beginning in the middle of December, getting on snow over Thanksgiving break is a crucial part of getting race ready.  23 members of the Maine Winter Sports Center Junior Team spent their break last week at Foret Montmorency in Quebec.  The Junior team is a state wide racing program for any skier who has made a Maine team such as the J2 or Eastern High School team.  This camp is one of 5 for Junior team members to attend during the year.


Emera Maine Donates $250,000 to Maine Winter Sports Center and its Healthy Hometowns Program
Posted: 11/18/2013
A big announcement from Emera Maine in Presque Isle came today in the form of $250,000.
Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service Company announced a major sponsorship with the Maine Winter Sports Center and its Healthy Hometowns program. Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service President Gerry Chasse announced a donation of $250,000 to the program at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.

Restored Bigrock Mountain Gifted to Aroostook County Community Organization
Posted: 11/07/2013
Bigrock Mountain will now be owned by its regionally-based, non-profit operator
The Maine Winter Sports Center, with the support of the Libra Foundation, has announced its intention to make a gift of Bigrock Mountain ski area in Mars Hill and all the mountain’s assets, to the non-profit Bigrock recreational entity that was created to operate it. The gift, when combined with demonstrated strong fundraising potential, will allow the mountain to continue serving as a critical and robust community asset.

Gala Fundraiser planned for November 9th to support County’s effort to host 2014 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships
Posted: 10/25/2013
Aroostook County – The Organizing Committee of the upcoming 2014 International Biathlon Union Youth/Junior World Championships is planning a gala event to both build enthusiasm and raise dollars to support the region’s efforts to again roll out the welcome mat to the World’s best young biathletes.
The Junior World Biathlon Championships Fundraising Gala is set for Saturday, November 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Center at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  The evening will feature fine hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and live and silent auctions with a wide array of donated items.

Presque Isle's Wintergreen Arts to host Halloween inspired fun this Saturday
Posted: 10/23/2013
Spooky Happenings also Include:
Monster Cupcake Decorating and Special Pumpkin Art! 
Hope to See You at Wintergreen Arts Center for a Fang-tastic Good-Time!

Arooskis Fall Training Camp In Baxter State Park
Posted: 10/08/2013

 BAXTER STATE PARK – Clear skies and fall foliage made for the perfect backdrop to Maine Winter Sports Center’s annual Arooskis Fall Training Camp.  Over the weekend of October 4th-6th, a group of 9 adults joined the Maine Winter Sports Center for a weekend of adventure in and around Baxter State Park.  The group consisted of individuals from central and northern Maine and western New Brunswick.


The Development Team experienced all that the coast has to offer in Freeport.
Posted: 08/26/2013

Freeport, ME-   The Development Team spent one of their summer weekends experiencing all that the coast has to offer in Freeport.  The main reason for spending time in Freeport was to participate in the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools for archery and stand-up paddle boarding.  For this particular age group, this was a great way to have fun and learn new skills from these activities both having similarities to cross country skiing and biathlon. 


Healthy Hometowns Collaborates with the International Mountain Bicycling Association in Northern Maine
Posted: 07/23/2013

MAPLETON - Last week Healthy Hometowns staff and a representative from the International Mountain Biking Association’s Trail Solutions program had the opportunity to collaborate on two different conceptual trail projects in northern Maine.  The Trail Solutions program is recognized internationally as a forerunner in trail planning, design and construction and Trail Solutions staff members have been involved in projects around the world.  During his weeklong visit trail consultant Dan Hudson and the Healthy Hometowns staff spent time working with a newly formed, community-based non-profit organization called the Greater Haystack Trails Association. The group is in the initial planning stages for the development of a multi-use, non-motorized recreational trail system that will connect Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle, to Haystack Mountain in Mapleton.  Dan and the Healthy Hometowns staff also visited the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket to evaluate plans for a mountain bike trail system on the 1400-acre property. 




Healthy Hometowns' Adventure Initiative Finds Success with First Teen Leadership Expedition
Posted: 07/08/2013

 Healthy Hometowns recently hosted its first-ever Teen Leadership Expedition, a six-day canoeing and backpacking trip through the 100-Mile Wilderness area southwest of Baxter State Park.


Historic Black Mountain of Maine has started an on-line fundraising campaign to keep operating.
Posted: 06/28/2013
Historic Black Mountain of Maine has started an on-line fundraising campaign to keep operating. Please visit the link below and give generously.

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