Joe Buzzell Lane Loop Professional Review and Guide
"Snow is the winter crop of several farms in southern Maine. Just ask Bill Harris, who, along with his wife Dixie and their children, run the Harris Farm Cross-Country Ski Center in Dayton. A working dairy farm where skiers sunning themselves on the deck of the second-floor lodge are likely to hear the moos of the one hundred or so cows in the barn, the farm produces dairy products and small vegetables. As Harris likes to say, he has two products, sweet corn and skiing. The boys, as he calls them, tend to the dairy and small vegetables. The farm has been in the family since 1944. In 1988, skiing was added as the winter crop. Instead of harvesting corn, the Harris’s tend to skiers and snowshoers on the 26 miles of trails.
Generally, the trails are 8 to 12 feet wide. Snowshoers are allowed on the entire network and are asked not to step on the tracked sections. Skate skiers account for roughly one-third of the visitors to the network, which comprises 500 acres of the farm and another 500 acres of abutting other landowners’ property. About 85 miles from Boston’s North Shore, the center attracts day-trippers from the Bay State, as well as Mainers from Scarborough, Kittery, and Portland. Surface quality: Groomed and tracked."