Changes at major Maine ski resort in time for season

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November 12, 2013, 8:05 pm
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(NECN: Marnie MacLean) - The cold temperatures are a gift to New England ski areas. In Newry, Maine at the Sunday River Ski Resort, there were 250 snow guns targeting 14 trails on Tuesday.

The mountain is preparing to open full time on Thursday and expects to have at least seven trails open.

Sunday River completed nearly $6 million in improvements in the off-season, including 60 acres of glade skiing and a new terrain park with a half pipe.

Off the mountain, a new 300 seat restaurant called Camp will open by Christmas at the Grand Summit Hotel.

The real excitement for skiers will likely be the sight of 224 new snow guns. Nearly $1 million was spent to improve snowmaking with high tech guns that use much less compressed air than older models, allowing the mountain to run more guns at once.

That's all good news to the crowds who ski Sunday River. Nearly 35 percent are from the Metro Boston area and sometimes need a little nudge that winter has arrived.

According to Communications Director Darcy Morse, "We can't make it snow in Boston like we wish we could just to remind people of skiing."

Mother Nature offered some free advertising Tuesday with some light snow in Boston. Early numbers are good news for ski resorts. Holiday reservations are running 10 percent above last year.

Tags: maine, New England, Marnie MacLean, Newry, Sunday River Ski Resort, Sunday River, winter sports, Darcy Morse
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