- Links to trail system maps:
- Green Bean (7.0 km) includes: #4 Saenger’s Challenge and #5 Green Bean
- Lodge Trails (6.6 km) includes: #1 Waska, #2 CanAm, and #3 Voyageur
- Red Barn (3.0 km) includes: #6 Volunteer Way and #7 Grand Outlook
- Violette Settlement (8.1 km) includes: #8 Violette Settlement, #9 Mickey’s Way, #10 Acadian, and #11 Spike’s Loop
Hello FKOC Members and Friends!
Over the last couple of months you may have noticed some new signs popping up on our ski trails and new trail maps at the kiosks…. Well, we have been developing a new trail numbering system with corresponding trail signs to help folks navigate our trail system. We realize our trails can be very confusing and intimidating and we are determined to fix this!
Please check out the attached 2016 Ski Trail Mapping System which explains how it all works:
2016 Ski Trail Mapping System
We have worked REALLY hard to get all the information and to make the system easy to understand. We hope you find it helpful. Please give us your feedback and we will try to make improvements. However, we will NOT install Emergency Call Boxes!! hahaha!
We would like to thank Jean-Luc Theriault for his guidance and technical assistance, Carl, Pat and Jean-Luc Theriault for GPSing the trails and Pat Theriault for spending hours at the computer creating and manipulating the maps and the data. This has been a HUGE undertaking and we still want to make the map of the whole system.
We had hoped to have the system completed earlier in the ski season, but we underestimated the amount of work involved—and a few other projects got in the way! Anyway, better late than never! An important benefit of this system is that it can be used year-round, so walking the trails this summer should be much easier—no more excuses!
NOTE: Many thanks go to Laura Audibert for the many hours spent waist high in the snowbanks putting up the signs with frozen fingers…..
The new maps are online here
Trail Update: Viollette Settlement trails have just been groomed with a skate lane and classic tracks, looks like great skiing for the day! The Lodge Trails will be groomed soon as well. Get out and ski or snowshoe!
The trails were great yesterday afternoon at 4 pm. Thank you Seth! Skiing on the trails with the up and down temps will be tricky. Hit it right and it is glorious! The main trails that will be groomed will be the “5k” close to the Lodge and Volunteer Way depending on temperatures when grooming. Take a chance and go when you can!
The trails around the 10th Mt. Lodge will be busy March 12 from 10-12 am with Pat’s Ride for All when Jim Marquis and his fantastic crew will be giving snowmobile rides to physically challenged individuals. This is one of the highlights of their year as they breeze around the stadium and enjoy what most of us take for granted; the fresh air and exhilaration of flying down a hill outdoors! The groomer will be out as soon as possible to smooth out the tracks so skiing should be nice this afternoon. Get out and enjoy the spring weather on snow! Please be mindful of the snowmobiles if you are snowshoeing or skiing near the Lodge.
Snow is falling and the prediction is that we will receive 10 inches and in Northern Maine, LESS chance of freezing rain! With a great base we will be grooming the trails Thursday morning so we are looking forward to a fantastic weekend!