Thaw ends, cold comes back, ski areas happy

6:50 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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CAMDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After more than a week of January Thaw, Maine ski areas are more than ready to get back to winter this week.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend is typically a busy one for ski areas, including small ones like the Camden Snow Bowl. There, the town-owned area's marketing director says they had a very busy Sunday, with more than six hundred skiers and boarders on the small mountain. Monday was slower, with more people expected to arrive later in the day.

Despite the January thaw, acting general manager Beth Ward says the Snow Bowl has continued to have a strong ski season. Ward says the thaw didn't hurt their snow base too much. This week, with the forecast for multiple days of cold, below-freezing temperatures, ski mountain managers were expecting to keep the snow gund running night and day to build up a deeper base and provide a high-quality surface for the remainder of the month. They're hoping to make enough snow while its cold -and get enough from nature -to sustain skiing well into March.

"The key is having snow in people's backyards" say both Ward and marketing director Andrew Dailey. They say if people see snow where they live, they'll be far more likely to think about skiing.

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