Welcome to Rangeley and the Rangeley WinterPalooza!
Mountains are the beginning
and the end of all natural scenery.
— John Ruskin.
Surrounded by beautiful lakes and with 10 of Maine’s highest peaks with in reach, this world class 4 season town comes alive with winter events.
This year, why not visit Rangeley for their first Annual WinterPaloozah! on Haley Pond in the town’s most complete winter sports village. The main event will be held on Saturday, February 13, beginning at 11:00am and continues throughout the day; winding up with Valentine’s Eve horse drawn hay wagon rides from 5-7 pm. A campfire, marshmallows and a hot cocoa bar will keep our attendees warm while taking part in this winter scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
WinterPaloozah! includes ice skating, pond hockey, kick-sledding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, a snowman building competition, ice golf, ice curling, demonstrations on ice safety, fat tire bike demos, Nordic skating, snow-kiting and kite winging demonstrations and instruction, dog sled rides an other games and activities for all ages.
Many ice games and activities will be available for public use throughout President’s Week including additional campfires and marshmallow roasts.
Rangeley is a winter wonderland and outdoor recreation mecca. This year we have organized our first ever WinterPaloozah! to share our passion for outdoor family fun.
Best of all, WinterPaloozah! is free!!
Winterpalooza! is a joint effort of local businesses, the Rangeley Skating Club, the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Lakes Regional School Parent Teachers Association.
At Rangeley’s Moose Loop Cafe, Bakery & Rentals on Main Street, you can rent snowmobiles, plus the gear to go with them, including gloves, jackets, pants and boots. Even if you don’t hit the trails, dine on breakfast or lunch at the General Store and enjoy the view overlooking Haley Pond.
Also located on Haley Pond is Ecopelagicon, a nature store. Purchase books about the Maine outdoors, maps and camping supplies, as well as crafts, cards and jewelry. Right outside their door is the town cleared ice rink on Haley Pond. Need skates? Free skates are available at Ecopelagicon. The 10th Annual New England Pond Hockey Festival will take place on February 6th & 7th. This weekend of outdoor games on Haley Pond celebrates a time-honored New England tradition.
Strap on your skinny skis, grab some poles and head out on the 55 kilometers of groomed trails at the Rangeley Lakes Trail Center. The Center will host the 20th annual legendary Rangeley Lakes Loppet on March 5th. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available in the rustic yurt lodge at the center.
At the end of the day, get some rest at either the newly updated Rangeley Inn or stay lakeside at the Town and Lake Motel and Cottages. Come experience the revival of a landmark, the Rangeley Inn offers a perfect combination of location, ambiance, and comfort. Their Rangeley Tavern that offers refined rustic cuisine by the fire. The Town and Lake Motel and Cottages are open year round and located on Rangeley Lake.
Lyons Lakeside Cabins offer reasonably priced Rangeley vacation rentals on the shore of Rangeley Lake. The cabins offer direct snowmobile access to Rangeley Lake and are just 10 minutes drive from Saddleback and 4 minutes from the quaint village of Rangeley.
Whatever type of outdoor enthusiast you are, this four-season vacation destination is sure to pull you back again and again. Ready to help you call this place home is Caryn Dreyfus of City Cove Realty. From building lots to condos, and lakefront homes to mountain camps, they’ve got something that will tickle your fancy. Come to Rangeley and embrace this winter wonderland. Be sure to bring your camera!