CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After a disappointing winter two seasons ago, Maine ski resorts have bounced back ina big way.
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort reports a record-breaking ski season, with the number of skiers up 22.5 percent over last year, and revenue up 25 percent over last year.
"A huge part was the fact thatthe year before was so bad, that there was kind of a pent up demand," said Ethan Austin, Communications Manager for Sugarloaf. "I think people were itching to get out, itching to get on the hill."
Sugarloaf is announcing $3 million in upgrades to the resort, including terrain expansion, a 30 person outdoor hot tub at the hotel, and 200 new low-energy snow guns.
Austin said the snow guns will help them cut down electricity consumption by 10 percent, while allowing them to make snow in warmer temperatures.
"Being able tomake snow in that high 20 range allows us to get open earlier in November, allows us to build up more terrain to have open by Christmas vacation week, and then hopefully the rest of the winter falls into place after that," said Austin.