The Maine Office of Tourism's weekly snow reports, sent in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), will kick off January 2, 2019.

According to Director of Tourism, Steve Lyons, the reports will be distributed each Wednesday throughout the winter season. “The reports will include snow conditions for the ski resorts and centers and snowmobile trails, as well as events and activities to encourage visitors and residents to take advantage of all winter has to offer,” says Lyons.

Maine's annual average snowfall of more than 200 inches also creates incredible opportunity for other outdoor recreation, including snowshoeing, and for the more adventurous, dog sleddingOceanfront hiking trails remain warmer in the winter thanks to the circulating waters of the Atlantic Ocean, leaving them perfect for wintry exploration.

For those looking for more leisurely outdoor activities, ice fishing combines the sport of fishing with relaxation, allowing participants to sit back and take in the surrounding serenity and beauty. There are also a number of great ice-skating rinks dotting the state.

Because Maine is known to embrace the winter months, there are a number of annual holiday, skiing and snowmobiling events, along with a list of can't miss events from the U.S. Toboggan National Championships to Flavors of Freeport. And, for adults 21+, there are carved ice bars serving up beverages in different regions in the state throughout the season.

For those who want to avoid the chilly weather and bundling up, they can seek out everything from indoor farmers' markets to cozying up by the fireplace at a B&B or inn.

The snow reports, released each Wednesday throughout the season, will be posted on VisitMaine.com, where visitors can also find information on other winter activities and events. People enjoying the Maine winter are encouraged to share their photos on social media using #MaineWinter.