It’s just about that time of the year! Snowmobilers in and around the county are itching for enough fresh powder to allow them to get out on to the trails – but in the meantime, the Association of Aroostook Chambers of Commerce just finished the 2014-2015 trail map.
“One of the great things about the maps is it gets people excited about the snowmobile season..people get their hands on the maps try to plan out what they’re going to do, what they’re going to see,” says Jon Gulliver, Director of Investor and Community Relations, for Aroostook County Tourism.
The map is published every two years. Aroostook County Tourism Board Member Kathy Mazzuchelli says this year’s map shows the changes in the trails including a reroute of ITS 85 off of Portage Lake and on to a new trail.
“It’s amazing how many people expect those to be ready and I’ve gotten many many calls to ship out some maps to people that are anxious to come up for this winter’s snowmobile season,” she says.
These maps are an important tool in helping bring new and returning tourists to the more than 2300 miles of trails in the county.
“It brings in about 350 million dollars every year and our trail system here in Aroostook County is routinely ranked as one of the best here in North America,” Gulliver says.
Mazzuchelli says it’s early to be on the trails now but when it comes time, she encourages local riders to use the maps AND pay attention to the trail markings.
“Trails do change,” she says. “And people can get themselves into a little bit of trouble by just going out blind and really not knowing where the trails are this year.”
You can find these maps at any of the local chambers of commerce, they’re also available at the Northern Maine Development Commission, and at many area restaurants and hotels, and at some town offices and snowmobile clubs. Or you can go online to www.visitaroostook.com.