24 February 2006

Seth Wescott - Mainer - Olympic Champion

Seth Wescott is a guy from Farmington, Maine, who spends much of his time on the slopes and at the base of Sugarloaf USA - one of Maine's top ski areas. Seth and some friends opened a restaurant on the Sugarloaf access road and at age 29, Seth is simply a local Maine resident who gets along well with the community and enjoys the snowy Maine winters.

Yet, in case you haven't been paying attention, Seth Wescott is much more. Last week, Seth received the gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics for Snowboard Cross.

Making its Olympic debut in Torino this year, snowboard cross is a pack-style race that has been likened to BMX biking. Snowboarders carve their way down a course at high speed, making jumps and turns all along the way, avoiding collisions with each other in the process. While some traditionalist skiers still scoff at snowboarding as a main stream sport, snowboarders have shown that they are more than the "stereotypical punks of the slopes." Snowboarders are dedicated athletes and Seth Wescott is now their king.

If you'll be in Maine tomorrow, take a drive up to Sugarloaf to meet the snowboard cross king. Seth Wescott will be given a much deserved hero's welcome as he comes home to Sugarloaf, Maine. There you can hear from Seth, watch a snowboard cross presentation, and even try it for yourself. For more information, visit All Info About Maine.

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14 February 2006

Never Enough

If you're from anywhere in the Northeast, or if you're not, but you were paying attention, you know that quite a major snowstorm roared up the East Coast and through New England this last weekend. New York broke all sorts of snow records, and people were digging out from Washington, D.C. to north of Boston.

That's how Maine is referred to on the National News - "north of Boston," or "Boston and points north." We don't mind.

However, my husband says that we got jipped during this last storm. He is a snow-lover, having spent his college years in Rochester, New York, complete with weeks and weeks of lake-effect snow each winter. Here in Maine, if we get less than 10 inches of snow in one storm, he says it's not enough.

What's worse, according to my snow-connoisseur, is that areas SOUTH of us got more snow. There simply has to be something geographically and meteorologically wrong with that.

In this last storm, the Maine coast was forecasted to get 8-14 inches. Then it was downgraded to 6-10 inches. In the end, we did have about 6 inches accumulate, and as my husband said, "we got jipped."

Still, according to the groundhog, we still have a few weeks of winter left, so there's time.

As for me, don't tell my husband this, but I thought 6-inches of snow was just enough. It made everything pretty, but didn't cause too many headaches. Besides, it's the middle of February. At this time of the year, most Mainers are a little winter-weary and we're beginning to have fantansies about an early Spring. Like I said, only a few more weeks...

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