2017-01-19 / Sports

Powderhouse Hill for all

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By Taylor Morrison
Assistant Sports Editor

SOUTH BERWICK -- The mixture of legends and history that surround the Powderhouse Hill ski area are many and vary like the weather, but the snow was no myth Wednesday evening. In the final hours of winter storm Kori, those traveling were challenged by greasy roads and car accidents while tree limbs and power lines hung menacingly low with snow.

The area lived up to it’s name for those who made it to the hill. A fresh blanket of thick, heavy snow made it easier for kids to build sledding tracks, while a snowboarder hiked up the hill in the early evening hours before the tow opened.

Joshua McNally, a new Maine resident recently transplanted from Alaska, had been to Powderhouse twice Wednesday for snowboarding. McNally, though new to the area, recognized the unique charm of Powderhouse right away.

McNally suggests that while Maine and Alaska are not exactly comparable geographically, they may share some qualities of a different nature.

“New England has something special, something a little bit maybe authentic and it’s got its own grittiness. New England is a lot tougher than people think it is. People out west have a stereotype that there aren’t mountains [in New England] or the weather is way worse in Alaska than it is here and to some degree it is and it can get colder, but it can get pretty gnarly here,” McNally said.

Kathy Yager, her four snow angels, three sledding sons and Roxy the dog, sliding around the hill below her, was a stable sight among the chaos. Yager identified the common elephant in the room these days, larger amounts of snow seem to fall less frequently than previous decades. With snow seeming to become almost endangered, it’s increasingly more important to enjoy every snow storm.

“We come a couple times a month but we haven’t had much snow this year, so we had to come out today and enjoy the snow. We can do this as a family, and I can walk up the hill. It’s nice because I can be with them and we’re all having fun. They definitely get tired out, but they’re going to want to come back tonight and ski,” said Yager.

The hill certainly has something to offer for all members of the family. Between skiing, riding, sledding, snowshoeing and hiking, this place welcomes all sorts of snow sports folks.

Powderhouse Hill is open to the public. The hill’s full service hours of operation are, weather permitting, Wed. & Fri. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.. Check powderhousehill.com or Like Powderhouse Hill on Facebook for more up to date information.

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