Biddeford is hosting its third annual WinterFest this weekend, featuring a giant sledding hill in the middle of downtown.

The sledding hill, built entirely by volunteers, was made with 4,000 cubic yards of snow that had been stockpiled at local shopping centers. The clean top snow came from the Biddeford Municipal Airport, where salt and sand is not used on runways. The sledding hill is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Sleds are available to borrow or people can bring their own.

More information is available on the Biddeford WinterFest Facebook page or at

Photos by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

Joris Grintalis of Columbia, Md., a student at Carrabassett Valley Academy, flies high Friday night during Biddeford’s WinterFest while performing a jump on the big air ramp during the Biddeford Big Air and Rail Jam contest.

Zach Tidd, 18, of Casco, takes to the air on skis during Biddeford’s WinterFest.

Skiers wait to perform at the Biddeford Big Air and Rail Jam contest on Friday, with Biddeford City Hall standing tall nearby.

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