Lack of snow worries Maine snowmobile businesses


BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — This winter’s lack of snow has some resorts and businesses that rely on snowmobilers’ dollars worrying as the Presidents’ Day holiday week approaches.

Conditions have improved recently across many northern communities, but businesses still worry about attracting visitors to the south, where unseasonably warm temperatures have people skittish of taking a winter vacation.

Jim Murton, who owns North Country Rivers resort in Bingham, had to reschedule some of his early season snowmobile reservations because of poor snow conditions and transfer them to dates in February and March. Murton tells the Morning Sentinel in Waterville ( ) that if there’s no snow in Boston, people don’t think there’s snow in Maine.

Snowmobile-related businesses are typically hit harder than the ski industry when there are poor snow conditions, because many ski resorts make snow.