AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Colder than usual temperatures and a couple of nasty storms have been tough for some people to take, but those who love to hit the slopes haven't minded it one bit.
Neither have the operators of ski areas who welcomed the white stuff right before a critical part of the early season, the holiday break for schools. For Maine ski areas the school vacation days can provide a big early-season boost or it can be a bust, if mother nature doesn't cooperate.
"A boost or a bust, but right now it's a boost. We're really loving this weather. It is beautiful, the conditions are great. The ice storm messed us up a little bit but we groomed it right out and it's absolutely beautiful", said Connie King, operator of Lost Valley in Auburn.
That ice storm came on the heels of a foot and half of natural snow, which provided a great early season base for Lost Valley. That combined with cold temperatures necessary for snow making has this area off to one of its best starts ever.
With more snow on the way for Sunday, conditions should stay great for the second half of this holiday school break. If she can stay open through mid March, King says it will be a good year, especially good if she last until the end of that month.