Mainers enjoy snow day in Lewiston-Auburn area
AUBURN (WGME) -- While schools and businesses closed due to the storm, Lost Valley Ski Resort opened on their off day to provide people a way to spend their snow day outdoors.
"My boss called me and told me not to come in, so I came out here," said Avery Miller, a Falmouth resident.
"On a Tuesday in March we're normally closed, but Mother Nature threw a storm at us so we thought we would open for the public," said John Herrick, General Manager of Lost Valley Ski Resort.
Herrick says that this Nor'easter is helping the ski resort stay open late into the year.
"In February as the snow tails off, skier ridership tails down with it, because everyone is looking forward to the spring. If it keeps snowing, then they keep on coming, so we love these late storms," he said.
The Auburn-based ski resort was covered in more than 7 inches of fresh powder. Some skiers say the conditions are fun, but makes the journey down the slopes a lot slower.
"Skiing in a blizzard, it's a little different compared to a normal day because it's more powdery, so it's a lot slower, but fresh snow is always good," said Miller.
Lost Valley officials say they will open up at noon on Wednesday if Auburn or Lewiston schools cancel classes. For a full list of closings and delays, click here.
Lewiston City officials say school was cancelled on Tuesday, and government offices closed at noon, but one local restaurant says they won't be as easily swayed by the storm.
"We're pretty busy. The snow brings out the people. Especially when you get the big storms, they all come in early and then they head out to work or home," said Jim Simones, owner of Simones' Hot Dog Stand.
The over 100 year old establishment serves classic american fare, and Simones' himself says that snow days mean more people in booths.
"City halls closed down, we're seeing a mass exodus of employees," he said.
"It's worth coming out here even in the snow," said Celine Gagnon, a worker at Bath Iron Works.
The restaurant planned on closing around 1 p.m., but ended up staying open a little longer.
"As long as people keep coming through the door, we will keep serving them food," said Simones.