Ski Coastal Peaks in Winter - Backpacker

Ski Coastal Peaks in Winter

Acadia National Park, Maine

Shoodic Point in Acadia National Park (Photo by Kim Carpenter)

Winter turns Acadia’s carriage roads into Norman Rockwell paintings, all white evergreens, quiet frozen ponds, and stone bridges dusted with snow. Tackle the intermediate, mostly groomed 13-mile Around the Mountain Loop, which circles Parkman, Sargent, and Penobscot Peaks, for vistas of frosted mountains. At Brown Mountain Gatehouse, click into cross-country skis that can handle off-track travel and kick off east to the Amphitheater Loop, north past Jordan Pond, then climb through 3.5 miles of ungroomed snow on the Upper Loop for views that extend to Katahdin. Ski over the stone Waterfall Bridges on the Upper Hadlock Pond Trail to close the loop. Season January to March