BANGOR – This past summer was plenty busy at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. Now, with snow covering the grounds, the city expects that trend will continue as patrons swap out their clubs for some skies.
No matter the season, the Bangor Municipal has been the place to be throughout the pandemic.
“There is nothing better for social distancing than cross country skiing, maybe golf, but both of them you can do right here,” said Rob Jarvis, Head Professional at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course.
After finishing one of its busiest golf seasons to date, the course has undergone its yearly transformation from golf course to cross country ski trail, assuming Old Man Winter does his part.
“This year we’ve had a little bit of snow, but really it’s just the one snowfall, so we need some more to get the snowmobile out to groom the trails again,” Jarvis said.
The ski trails weave between nearly all 27 holes, free-of-charge for all patrons.
“There’s not many free cookies in life, but this is one of them,” Jarvis said.
Roughly 230 acres of terrain and a map to go with it is more than enough for longtime skier Cathy Helmke, who is never shy on taking a lunch break run, be it on groomed trails or not.
“We came before they started grooming it, but now that they started grooming the trail we come more often,” Helmke said.
The trails do not offer equipment rentals or open facilities, just open terrain, primed for fresh tracks. For those less experienced in cross country skiing, the area is open to snowshoeing or walking.
“There are not that many areas around with trails, so that’s one of the reason that we’re so big on it is because people need that outlet, especially now. They need to get out, do something, move, and hopefully they enjoy cross country skiing,” Jarvis said.
You can find more information on the ski trails by searching Bangor Municipal Golf Course on social media, or going the the course’s website here.