New England resorts find good snow recession-proof

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The economy may be melting down, but the snow keeps piling up at New England’s big ski mountains, enabling them to dodge the avalanche of bad news about job losses and business failures.

For the region’s ski operators, plentiful snow appears to be trumping hard times.

Vermont’s Killington, where snowfall as of Thursday totaled 215 inches, or 15 inches more than at the same point last year, says it’s running slightly ahead of last season in terms of skier visits.

Officials say Sugarloaf and Sunday River, Maine’s two largest ski resorts, enjoyed record snowfall and skier visits last winter and could equal those numbers this year.

Skiers say they’ll cut back on other expenses before giving up their cherished trips to the slopes.

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