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Spring's First Snowstorm is a bonus for Maine ski areas

The first snowfall of the Spring season was met with enthusiasm at Maine ski areas. More than half a foot fell across Maine creating winter like snow conditions at both downhill and cross country centers. According to Melissa Rock, Marketing Director at Shawnee Peak Ski Area, "Mother Nature doesn't seem to want to listen to the Groundhog this year!  He predicted an early spring, but she is still sending snow!  And we'll take it!"
 
As much as 8" fell at the higher elevations in the Western Mountains. "All of the major areas in Maine are open through this weekend including - Shawnee Peak, Mt Abram, Black Mountain, and Big Rock.  Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Saddleback will operate for several more weeks with May closing dates for Sugarloaf and Saddleback" says Greg Sweetser, Executive Director of the Ski Maine Association. "This storm will help to maintain the momentum, enthusiasm, and good crowds at the ski areas for these important spring skiing weekends."
 
Representative of the Nordic areas, Carter's Cross Country Center in Bethel reported ideal conditions on a base that is more than two feet deep. New snow from the storm ranged from 3" in Southern Maine to more than 6" at centers located farther from the coast. Other Centers open for skiing include The Bethel Inn, Sunday River Outdoor Center, Black Mountain, Pineland Farms, Five Fields Farm, Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, Maine Huts and Trails, Maine Wilderness Lodges, 10th Mountain Center and the Nordic Heritage Center.
 
Although spring weather can swing from winter snowstorms, to warm short sleeved days, the one constant of spring in Maine is the fact that daylight exceeds darkness - a fact welcomed by both snow lovers, and those who prefer green grass.


Ski Maine Association, located in Portland, is the non-profit trade association representing the Alpine and Nordic ski industry in Maine.

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