Head North Ski Days is a winter recreation event offering free XC ski and snowshoe equipment rentals for student groups and visitors to enjoy the beautiful terrain in the north end of the Monument. We will be hosting student groups, taking part in the Katahdin Learning Project, for a scheduled day during a week-plus of skiing and snowshoeing. Our staff will be hosting the general public for a weekend day of skiing, snowshoeing, and more!

Head North Ski Days 2020

North Gate of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

March 2 – 11: School groups with the Katahdin Learning Project
March 7, 10 AM to 3 PM: Ski day with Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters 

Enjoy free rentals of XC skis, boots, and poles or snowshoe equipment!

Over 16 miles (25 km) of trails throughout the north end of the Monument are groomed courtesy of Elliotsville Foundation, Inc. On XC skis or on snowshoes, you can explore along the shores of East Branch of the Penobscot River and head south to Stair Falls, Haskell Pitch, or the Big Spring Brook.

From Monday, March 2 to Wednesday, March 11, Kala Rush, Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters Education Coordinator will be hosting student groups eager to learn about nordic skiing, the history of the region, animal tracks, and animal habitats.

On Saturday, March 7, the Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters will be hosting members, supporters, and winter enthusiasts for guided skiing and snowshoeing along the banks of the East Branch of the Penobscot.

Our team is there to get you, your group, or your family geared up and ready to hit the trails. We recommend you wear warm layers, and pack yourself water, lunch, snacks, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Before or after your adventure through the Monument, stop by the firepit at the trailhead for hot cocoa and marshmallows.

This event is free and open to the public.
If you plan on joining for the event, please RSVP with this link!

Snowshoers visiting the groomed trails should be careful not to tread on the grooming and whenever possible should stay to the side of the trails.

For a preview of the trails, check out the KWWNM Cross Country Ski Map. And if you’d like to check in on trail conditions, visit the Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters Facebook.

Info for school groups

To schedule a school group at Head North Ski Days, please reach out to Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters Education Coordinator Kala Rush at kala@friendsofkww.org


Visit the National Park Service’s Katahdin Woods and Waters Directions page for directions to the North/Matagamon entrance or plug in the linked coordinates to Google Maps.

Overnight TRIPS

Adventurers interested in a winter backcountry overnight experience are invited to reach out to Susan Adams, Recreation Manager at Elliotsville Foundation Inc., for information on overnight parking and accommodations within the Monument. Susan can be reached via email at lunksoos@gmail.com

Local Accommodations

If you’re interested in exploring the Monument or surrounding communities for more than a day-tip  – which we highly recommend – be sure to check out accommodations at some of the places listed here on our website or the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce website.

This event made possible WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM: