March 16, 2013

Skiing in Maine: Snowstorms showed great timing this year, for skiers and resorts

By JOHN CHRISTIE

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"Our ticket sales at the Snow Bowl this season are way up over last year ... almost on a par with the previous record-breaking year," said Dailey. He also noted that the array of kids' programs has generated record numbers with the number of youngsters enrolled in the Christmas, mid-winter and February vacation programs. Additionally, the free fourth-grade program added two more schools, bumping the number from 330 kids last year to 500 this season.

The Snow Bowl operates through this weekend, and will reopen next Saturday for a final weekend.

Up at Saddleback in Rangeley, general manager Chris Farmer is equally enthusiastic about the season, and I can report from a delightful day there last weekend that the cover and conditions in Casablanca were the best I've ever seen them. Although Saddleback's scheduled ending day for full-time operations is Easter Sunday, Farmer plans to continue on weekends as long as conditions and traffic merit.

As an added treat, if you head up today, not only will special Maine Day ticket rates of $29 apply, But even if you're not from Maine, just wear green in honor of Saint Patrick and you can get in on the deal as well. 

John Christie is a former ski racer and ski area manager and owner, a ski historian and a member of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. He and his son, Josh, write ski columns on alternating weeks. John can be reached at:

jchristie@fairpoint.net

 

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