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This season's lack of natural snow isn't stopping Mainers from hitting the slopes

Sunday River officials tell NEWS CENTER Maine that the resort budgets for a lot of snowmaking in case the mountains don't see much snow.

NEWRY, Maine — On Saturday in the mountains what started as rain turned to snow. Karolyn Castaldo from Sunday River said the mountain ended up with about nine inches by the end of the storm.

The natural snow is great for the ski resorts, but the folks at Sunday River say that while there hasn't been much natural snow this year, the resort always budgets for quite a bit of snowmaking. Ensuring the slopes can be used all season long.

"Our snowmakers have really been hard at work making sure our conditions have been prime. As you remember, we got some pretty significant rain on Christmas and we were able to recover really well so the skiing has been great despite the lack of natural snowfall just because the temperatures have been really great for making snow," Castaldo said.

She added that the resort has had a good season so far, despite the lack of natural snow and pandemic, and also reminds folks who may want to visit the mountain that covid-19 protocols are in place and lift tickets can be purchased online to cut back on in-person contact.