GREENVILLE – The temperature this winter has been up and down, impacting outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding.
Many skiers agree it’s a fun way to spend time outdoors with the family, no matter what age.
“It’s just a pastime of our whole family and it’s just fun,” one skier said.
Big Squaw Mountain had an early start to their season.
“Winter in Maine is unpredictable and this year in November we were blessed with early snow. We had the earliest opening ever,” Amy Lane, president of The Friends of Squaw Mountain, said.
Lane said people hit the slopes starting Dec. 7. Not only has it been an early season for those in Greenville, but also a busy one.
“Our days in January have been mild and inviting and more people than ever have been getting out to play in the snow with us,” Lane said.
Despite a more mild winter snow certainly isn’t an issue at Big Squaw Mountain.
“We had an aggressive snow making campaign early on that really set a great base,” Lane said. “Since then we have been blessed with at least six to 10 inches of snow just about every week. We’ve had a foot in the past week.”
Lane said season pass sales have been up this year. So far, she said, they have sold 7,000 tickets. Employees are expecting their busiest and best season since opening back up seven years ago.
“We are shooting for 10,000 lift tickets,” Lane said.
Lane expects the season to go well into March, maybe even to April.
“It’s a blast,” a skier said. “It’s a good way to get out and enjoy the fresh air in the middle of winter.”