MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Over the past week, parts of the Katahdin region have seen at least 11 inches of snow. The community says their economy depends on it this time of year.
"It’s been something we have been waiting for since last winter," John Raymond, president of the Northern Timber Cruisers snowmobile and cross country ski club in Millinocket. "If we can keep it without getting any rain that washes it away definitely we call it white gold around here."
The Katahdin region relies on tourism based activity year-round, but especially during the winter months. Activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, etc., are big parts of that.
"It means a lot to the businesses and restaurants, hotels, places to fuel up. Without it, we limp through another winter like last year," Raymond said. "That makes it difficult to keep businesses in the area — it’s definitely something they depend on."
Millinocket councilman Jesse Dumais feels the more snow the area sees the better, especially after last winter.
"Last season wasn’t very good at all and it really did dry up our town a lot so it is one of the pieces of the wheel that makes the economic engine of Millinocket work in the wintertime," Dumais said. "So bring on the snow and hopefully we have a really good season."