Skis & Snowshoes– Katahdin Gear Library

The Katahdin Gear Library is a gear-lending library, outdoor adventure club, and public space for people of all ages to access equipment and tools, information and leadership, and to connect with people around a common interest in outdoor adventure and recreation. Learn more about it here, and follow the gear library on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.


Ski and snowshoe lending will begin in late December or early January, depending on snowfall.

During our ski and snowshoe-lending season (winter-early spring), please visit the library during our hours of operation and ask for a ski/snowshoe check out form.


The answers to the following questions may not apply during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be circulating gear through our curbside pickup service. Learn more here or call us at 207-723-7020 with questions.

When can I check out skis and snowshoes?

Whenever the library is open. In addition to our volunteers at the circulation desk downstairs providing regular library services, we strive to have at least one person upstairs dedicated to Katahdin Gear Library at all times.

What type of skis and snowshoes does the KGL lend?

We offer snowshoes and both cross-country and skate-style skis for kids and adults.

What if I lose or damage something?

You are responsible for the replacement cost for any lost or significantly damaged gear. Replacement costs are below:

  • Ski– $110
  • Adult ski pole– $40-50, youth ski pole– $25
  • Nordic ski boot– $90
  • Adult snowshoe– $150, youth snowshoe– $90

Where should I ski or snowshoe in the Millinocket area?

There are many places in the Katahdin region to ski or snowshoe, but a few local options are listed below:

Does the gear library accept ski or snowshoe donations?

At this time, we do not accept gear donations, due to limited space. Thank you for thinking of us!

Does the gear library do ski or snowshoe repairs?

We do not currently have the capacity to provide ski or snowshoe repairs. If you have skills in this area and would like to be involved, please email Matt DeLaney at


Gear library staff do not provide instruction in how to use the gear. However, below are a few resources to get you started: