Backcountry Ski Adventures in Maine
AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges are connected via an 80-mile maintained ski trail network. Perfect for lodge-to-lodge ski adventures this winter. View winter trail map >>
Miles of snowy trails winding through a rolling, forested landscape. Tracks of woodland creatures leading off into the distance. The promise of a warm woodstove and cozy, gas-lit cabin at the end of the day.
AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges offer all this and more in the heart of AMC’s 100-Mile Wilderness Conservation Lands. Our two ski-in lodges offer a perfect combination of rustic charm and creature comforts, like a wood-fired sauna, hot showers, and home-cooked meals. Over 80 miles (130 km) of groomed ski trails offer endless opportunities for exploration on ski and snowshoe.
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Guided Backcountry Ski Adventures in Maine
Let AMC do the planning, and enjoy cross-country skiing with one of our experienced guides. We’ll handle the trail navigation, gear shuttling, and logistics, letting you enjoy the trip and learn more about the Maine Woods with our experienced Registered Maine Guides.
See a list of our programs this winter, and start dreaming about your next snowy adventure.
Self-Guided Backcountry Ski Adventures in Maine
Lodge-to-lodge skiing in the Maine Woods is an experience like no other. Travel light as you ski the backcountry and have a private cabin with wood stove, hot shower or sauna, and home-cooked dinner waiting for you at day’s end. Our cross-country ski trail network is groomed without set tracks-intermediate skills and comfort with backcountry skiing are required.
Take a look at our trail map and choose an itinerary that works best for you. We will shuttle your gear ahead to your next overnight destinations. We can also shuttle you and your party if you are interested in a longer outing. Call us at 207-358-5187 and we can walk you through the details of planning a trip.
Self-Guided Trip Options
Take a look at our ski trail map and choose an itinerary from below that works best for you. We will shuttle your gear ahead to your next overnight destination. We can also shuttle you and your party if you are interested in a longer outing. Call us at 207-358-5187 and we can walk through the details of planning a trip with you.
Gear shuttle is required between all locations. Gear must be in the gear shed by 2:00 PM to ensure delivery. Vehicle shuttle to West Branch Pond Camps is required for trips beginning at that location. Please note that the vehicle shuttle departs North Woods Outfitters in Greenville, ME at 2:00 PM.
Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback
West Branch to Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback
Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback and back to Little Lyford
Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback (two nights)
West Branch to Little Lyford (2 nights) to Gorman Chairback (2 nights)
West Branch to Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback, back to Little Lyford and finish at West Branch
Planning Your Trip
What to Expect
AMC’s unique lodge-to-lodge ski trail network provides groomed, but untracked, backcountry skiing between AMC’s Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins, AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins, and family-owned partner West Branch Pond Camps. All locations offer dinner, breakfast, and trail lunch, hot showers, and private cabins or shared bunkhouse space. A daily gear shuttle allows skiers to travel light between lodges.
Parking and Shuttles
The AMC has one winter parking lot serving Gorman Chairback Lodge and Little Lyford Lodge. West Branch Pond Camps is drive-in accessible and has its own parking lot. Heavier gear (sleeping bags, additional clothing, toiletries, and snowshoes) is left in sheds at the winter parking lot. AMC staff will shuttle this gear by snowmobile to your destination or between camps. Skiers can plan a multi-day route that returns them to their car, or can arrange for a shuttle van operated by Northwoods Outfitters than runs between parking lots and Greenville. This enables a multi-night outing starting at West Branch Pond Camps and continuing to Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback.
Trail Distances and Routes
Distances from the winter parking lot to the lodges are
- Winter Parking to Gorman Chairback to via Long Pond Trail 13.4 km (8.3 mi)
- Winter Parking to Gorman Chairback via Gorman Chairback Lodge Trail 11.7 km (7.3 mi)
- Winter Parking to Little Lyford via Hedgehog Gate Trail 11.3 km (7.0 mi)
- Winter Parking to Little Lyford via KI & Upper Valley Roads 9.9 km (6.2 mi)
Distances of trails between the lodges
- West Branch Pond Camps (partner camp) to Little Lyford via Pleasant River Trail 13.7 km (8.5 mi)
- West Branch Pond Camps to Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins via East Side Try 15.2 km (9.4 mi)
- Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins via Lodge to Lodge Try 10.5 km (6.5 mi)
Transportation and Start Times
Guests should plan to be on the trail no later than noon in order to get to each lodge before dark and in time for dinner at 6 p.m. From Greenville, plan 25 minutes to get to the winter parking lot for Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback; and 55 minutes to West Branch. Guests taking the passenger shuttle between parking lots are required to meet at Northwoods Outfitters at 2:00 p.m. for trips to West Branch.
You will be backcountry skiing in a remote setting, and will likely encounter few-if any-other people during the day. AMC does not regularly patrol the trails. Your party should be self-sufficient and prepared for full winter conditions and changes in weather. Each person should bring a trail map and compass (and know how to read both), extra fleece layer & socks, face/eye protection, waterproof shell, headlamp, waterproof matches, medications, lunch & hot beverages. You will also want to bring at least one sleeping bag, camp stove, and first aid kit for your party. You will receive a “what to bring” list with your reservation, but feel free to browse AMC’s helpful gear guides to get started. Again, heavier gear like sleeping bags, towels, snowshoes, and boots can be put on the gear shuttle.
Due to the varying conditions of backcountry trails, including ice, you may want to consider using backcountry touring skis with at least a partial metal edge. Northwoods Outfitters in Greenville rents backcountry ski equipment (866-223-1380).
Road and Trail Conditions
Current road and trail conditions for AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges are posted daily. You can also contact AMC’s Greenville office for information on local roads and trail conditions (207-695-3085).
AMC Reservations can arrange for your gear shuttle, passenger shuttle, and stays at any of the lodges on the lodge-to-lodge ski route. Call 207-358-5187 for information, availability, rates, and trip planning assistance.