AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The winter storm hit as far south as Kentucky, but it stopped short of snow country.
Vermont and Maine didn't pick up any significant accumulation Tuesday night. And that's given those in the snow business a serious case of snow envy...
Tufts of grass poked through the meager snow cover on snowmobile trails in Augusta, while sleds sat on dry pavement wishing they had something to do. It all seems so unfair given the snowfall totals farther south "Well, we certainly could make better use of the snow up here than they do in southern New England," said Bob Meyers, the Maine Snowmobile Association's Executive Director.
He says while there's still good riding from Rangeley up into the St. John Valley, everywhere south is pretty rough sledding. "The southern part of the state, when we got hit with the warm weather and rain, we got hit pretty hard," said Meyers. "Now the cold is here. We're just waiting for the snow."
While December delivered plenty of it, January's coastal storms have done little to help inland cross cross ski centers. "We just keep our eye on the forecast and hope the arctic air moves out and moisture moves in," said The Pineland Outdoor Center's Recreation Director Matt Sebasteanski.
Inside the rental shop, skis and show shoes languished on the rack. The cross country ski trails at Pineland have been closed for a week and a half. "You may see snow, but it'd ruin your skis once you get onto the trails. There's icy spots and it's not safe," said Sebasteanski.
Without snow there's no downhill sledding to speak of, and because of fluctuating temperatures, Pineland's skating pond is off limits too. A "Danger Thin Ice" sign greets visitors when they pull into the skating pond parking lot.
Sebasteanski says they plan to borrow snow making equipment from Black Mountain and move the manmade powder into place with front end loaders and dump trucks. "It'll take 3 days to make, 2 days to drain, and 2 to move it around, so it's quite a process," he said.
As for snowmobiling, Meyers suggests heading farther north, or exercising just a a little bit of patience. "We'll come back for the real good part of winter which is February and March," said Meyers.