In Maine, There’s No Business Like Snow Business

With two feet of new snow on the ground and more on the way, Maine's winter sports industry is breathing a sigh of relief.

With the exception of Maine's bigger mountains such as Sunday River and Sugarloaf, a lot of other winter sports venues have been quiet waiting for more snow before they could open. Now, places like Carter's Cross Country Ski Center in Oxford have a solid base of snow to open up 20 kilometers of trails for cross country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts.

According to the Maine Snowmobile Association, this latest storm has opened up all 14,500 miles of trails in Maine, giving people the chance to ride uninterrupted from Sanford to the Allagash.

These kinds of conditions will help bring in the more than $300 million that the snowmobiling industry pumps into the Maine economy every year.

Skiing brings in just as much money and even though the mountains make their own snow, a big pile of natural snow gets more people on the slopes.

"We've been in the season here but if you go further afield the restaurants and hotels are full, the plow guys are happy and the whole economy in Maine to a large extent relies on this in the winter, it's good news for everyone," Nick Lambert at the Sunday River Ski Resort said. 

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