Snow Boosts Business at Hermon Mountain 

While the recent snow has left many seeing white, businesses are seeing green.”Snow in Maine, it’s part of the program, it’s part of what we do up here,” said Bangor resident Jonathan Smith.Treacherous winds and frigid temperatures may have kept people inside, but some people like Smith welcomed the snow and headed outside.”It’s terrific, this is the best part of winter, 14 inches of fresh snow, head up to Hermon Mountain and ski for the afternoon,” he said.Skiers and non skiers packed Hermon Mountain to take advantage of the snow.Owner Bill Whitcomb says the snowstorm is just what the mountain needed.”It’s the first snow that didn’t have 35 mile an hour winds with it, so the snow actually stayed on the trail instead of in the woods,” he said.The big storm means big money for businesses like Hermon Mountain. According to Ski Maine, Maine’s ski industry generates some 300 million dollars.”When people have snow in their backyards then they think of going skiing you can make all the snow in the world but you’re only going to get your die hard skiers, you’re not going to get people who wouldn’t think of it,” Whitcomb said.Whitcomb is already seeing an impact from this year’s snowfall compared to last year.”Last year, we had one snowstorm and that was it, one big snow storm and the rest of the year there was none. We actually made snow right through February vacation so it was better than last year,” he said.If there’s one rule that Whitcomb and his team at Hermon live by it’s the more snow, the better.