First Day of Winter Welcomed by Maine Businesses

Media Contact: Drew Morris drew.morris@maine.gov, 207-624-9812

AUGUSTA, Maine - Communities and businesses in western and northern Maine are gearing up for the winter tourism season with new snow in many areas.

Earlier this week, Ski Maine Association reported recent snowfall totals ranging from 30 inches in western Maine to 8 inches near Bangor. They also reported that all of Maine's alpine ski areas and a majority of the Nordic Centers are scheduled to be open for the upcoming school vacation week.

"Having new snow in these key winter destinations can be a big boost for communities and businesses during the holiday period," said George Gervais, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development.

In addition, parts of Aroostook County saw up to 20 inches of new snow, setting the stage for a strong kick-off of the snowmobile season.

"We've had over three feet of snow since Sunday. It's been extremely helpful and it's shaping up for a great winter," said Saddleback Ski Resort General Manager Chris Farmer, adding the resort has already accumulated more than 40 inches of snow this season. "Our reservation numbers are the highest they've been. What I'm hearing in town, everyone is booking up really well."

"We want visitors to know that there is snow in key areas of the state and we're ready to welcome them to our winter wonderland," added Commissioner Gervais.

For information on winter destinations, go to www.visitmaine.com.

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