HERMON — According to New England Ski History, Hermon mountain has been serving first-time skiers since 1964. Co-owner Bill Whitcomb said he was scared when the season started in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The business has been very good and very steady. A lot of new people who just need to do something to get out,” Whitcomb said.
Since 1988 Bill and his wife, Marlene, have operated the ski slope located 10 minutes from Bangor. Getting ready for the season this year was different.
“We usually do an awful lot of what they call ‘learn to ski’ groups, which we’re trying very hard to limit because that brings people from different towns together,” he said.
COVID-19 regulations have kept the ski lodge closed and mandated masks be worn when using the ski lifts.
“People, sometimes when we get to the lift line, forget to put their masks back on. So you have to remind. But other than that, it’s a little bit different,” said Robert Bakker of Hermon Mountain Ski Patrol.