WATERVILLE — Bowing to unseasonably warm temperatures, Quarry Road Recreation Area canceled its opening cross-country ski race on Sunday, but will remain open for people who want to try out the small amount of man-made snow still on the ground.

The four-season recreation area announced on its website that the Quarry Road Opener/NENSA Zak Cup race scheduled for Sunday was canceled “due to the continued warm weather.”

The ski area will remain open with what artificially made snow it has left, however.

“Despite the warm temps, our base of man-made snow is hanging in there,” Quarry Road said on its website. “A short dip below freezing on Saturday night helped preserve the area’s 600 meters — about 0.4 miles — of snow with a base of 3-12 inches.

Quarry Road is owned by the city of Waterville and supported by volunteers from the community. The area has snow-making capability and more than 6 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails during the winter.

A season pass or day ticket is required to use the ski trails. Other activities like snowshoeing and sledding are free and open to the public.


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