NEWRY — Skiers stripped down to shorts and bikini tops to keep cool Wednesday as they got in some of the final, slushy runs of a disappointing season.
record temperatures, soaring into the 80s, had New England skiers dodging dirt patches and exposed rocks as melting snow spelled potentially millions in losses for those who make their living off winter tourism and sports.
"It's like 'swinter' -- summer and winter combined," said 15-year-old Allie Ward, who wore only a bikini and boots during a break from skiing at Sunday River. She was joined by a sunburned friend. Both girls had come from North Shore on Canada's Prince Edward Island.
A year after ski resorts reported a record 60.5 million visits, this season opened with early snow and high expectations. But optimism was short-lived as Christmas arrived with little or no snow. And the trend carried through the winter.