BRIDGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - There seemed to be nearly as many people complaining about the snow as there were flakes falling from the sky today.

But in ski country, the snow was welcomed--even celebrated.
Jim Parisella made the trip from Beverly, MA to Bridgton, ME to immerse himself in it.

"I decided to pack the car to Shawnee to catch the last powder skiing of the year," he said.

This late March storm--the one so many spring seekers wish had never come, is delivering the kind of powder skiers live for.

"I thought it was gonna be wet and heavy," said skier Kimberly Cronin of Lovell, Me. "But its butter..riding through butter..i love it!"
Last March at this time, unseasonably warm temperatures had Shawnee Peak calling it quits for the season

This year, they're getting fresh powder on top of a three foot base.
"You got warmer days. The light lasts longer. The snow conditions are great and tickets are discounted," said Josh Harrington, Shawnee Peak's Marketing Director.

In short, it's a strong finish to a solid season. The same is true for Maine's X-country ski centers

"This will give us at least one more really good weekend," said Tom Gyger, owner of Five Fields Farm in Bridgton, Me. "Every weekend counts because you don't get 'em back."

And it's worth noting, that if it wasn't snowing now, Maine would be entering Mud Season, a time when not much can be done outdoors

And even a 7 year old knows a snow day trumps that.

"Because it's way more fun skiing than sitting inside at a desk all day long," said Lucas Gosselin of Scarborough, Me.

The other thing to remember is that New England needs winter.

When Tom Gyger isn't renting skis, he's growing apples. Fruit trees require both chill days and snow fall.

"A snowless winter really hurts the apple trees," said Gyger. "It's very tough on roots."

And so winter naysayers, skier Bill Preis says this.

"I say get up and enjoy it while it's here, "

Because whether or not you love snow in March, it won't last long.

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