"I'll give you an example," Bill Whitcomb, owner and general manager of Hermon Mountain in Hermon, told the Bangor Daily News on Thursday.
"It was the first time in three years we were able to make snow on frozen ground.
That should tell you something right there, and everybody else is in the same boat."
had one of its top five best Decembers in the mountain's 29-year history, according to Whitcomb
estimated skier visits during December were up 50 percent over last December.
staff made 500 season pass armbands, but sold out a week ago and have needed to make more, he
As of Thursday, the mountain was 100 percent open and had 14 inches of packed natural snow.
Add to that the man-made snow and the average amount of snow on the trails is probably between 30 and 40 inches, Whitcomb
A good winter for the family-owned mountain means an ability to invest in snowmaking and other infrastructure improvements in the offseason, Whitcomb
said, whereas a few poor seasons in a row could squeeze a mountain's finances.
said it's too early to make grand predictions, though.
fears they'll be paying for the terrific December with a January thaw.
So the mountain's snow guns are still blowing snow.
"We're not trusting nature to give us our whole winter's worth of snow," he