Winter Chills and Thrills

It’s Maine, it’s cold, and we complain about it.  Sure I bitch and moan like everyone else about the cost of heating oil, shoveling, having to bundle up and all the other drudgery we have to deal with during the winter months.  However, I love to ski and skate, and if I could afford a snowmobile, I’d be riding that to no end.  Ice fishing, and winter camping is a little extreme for me, so I guess I am in the middle of the spectrum of heartiness.

A snowbank faces a field off Route 132 in Monmouth at Clemedow Farms

A snowbank faces a field off Route 132 in Monmouth at Clemedow Farms

The raw beauty of the season and the challenge of living through it makes us hearty Mainers able to deal with all the other hardships in life, and appreciate what we do have.  I am lucky to have a job that sends me out to document this.

Nick Cote of Auburn flies through a gate during Sunday afternoon's Maine Ski Challenge Race at Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn.  Cote had the fastest run of the day with competitors ranging from 6-60 years old that compete in the weekly racing series for different age categoires for skiers and snowboarders.  The series is open to the public every Sunday at 1:00 for a minimal charge with a valid lift ticket.

Nick Cote of Auburn flies through a gate during Sunday afternoon’s Maine Ski Challenge Race at Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn. Cote had the fastest run of the day with competitors ranging from 6-60 years old that compete in the weekly racing series for different age categoires for skiers and snowboarders. The series is open to the public every Sunday at 1:00 for a minimal charge with a valid lift ticket.

Chloe Roldan, 3, of Summer Street in Auburn, tastes snowflakes as they fall Wednesday morning while walking down Whitney Street with her father.

Chloe Roldan, 3, of Summer Street in Auburn, tastes snowflakes as they fall Wednesday morning while walking down Whitney Street with her father.

Austin Powell, 8, of Turner, runs to find a better spot on the hill while sledding in Turner next to the Calvary Baptist Church

Austin Powell, 8, of Turner, runs to find a better spot on the hill while sledding in Turner next to the Calvary Baptist Church

Cy Wilkinson, from Auburn Parks and Recreation Department,  prepares the Walton Field skating rink for the start of Auburn's annual Winter Festival Friday morning.  The festival started Friday morning with winter stories and crafts at the library, but a 3 on 3 pond hockey tournament starting at 4:00 at this location will kick off 9 days of activities throughout the city.

Cy Wilkinson, from Auburn Parks and Recreation Department, prepares the Walton Field skating rink for the start of Auburn’s annual Winter Festival Friday morning.

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