NEWRY (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- With as much as 18 inches of snow blanketing Maine, those in the outdoor sports business are rubbing their hands for warmth and in anticipation.

"It helps us get skiing on the minds of all kinds of people," said Karolyn Castaldo the Director of Communications for the Sunday River Ski Area.

Ski promoters would prefer a foot of snow in Boston than on their mountains. Most make enough snow for skiing. What they need is people who want to go skiing.

However, only Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Shawnee Peak and Big Rock are open. The latter two are operating weekends only. Maine ski conditions are available through the Ski Maine Association.

Nordic conditions are being tracked as well.

Maine's snowmobile clubs are out preparing trails for a soft opening around December 15th. "The ground hasn't been frozen," said Bob Myers the Executive Director of the Maine Snowmobile Association.

Myers points out that Maine's 14,000-mile trail system is built mostly on public land. "A lot of landowners say leave it to us until December 15th," said Myers.

Snowmobile trails are generally closed until at least December 15th. Clubs are working hard to get trails ready and they could use volunteers. To find a snowmobile club in your area, click on the link.