Officials at Sugarloaf USA and Saddleback ski areas report they had busy seasons rivaling past years. There was enough natural snow, and temperatures at night were cold enough for snowmaking, but moderate enough during the day to draw skiers and snowboarders.

“There were tons of great snow and the warmer temperatures made it more comfortable,” said Ethan Austin, communications manager at Sugarloaf. “Business-wise we are slightly ahead of last year.”

He said trails remain open and the area won’t close until May — for the third year in a row.

Business at Saddleback in Rangley was also up, according to operations manager Jim Quimby. He attributed an excellent year to two major snowstorms in February and advances in snowmaking and grooming. Saddleback is scheduled to close April 11.


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