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Gearing up for March break in New Brunswick


Shelley Steeves, reporter
March 6, 2012 — Customers are gearing up to hit the slopes over March break in New Brunswick.


Southeastern New Brunswick saw 101 cm of snow during the month of February
Southeastern New Brunswick saw 101 cm of snow during the month of February

Jim Goguen of Mike's Bike and Ski Shop hasn't been in school for decades.

So why is he so excited about March break in New Brunswick?

"[Because] I am very busy - it's as simple as that," he says. "There's not a lot of snow on the ground but there's still lots of snow in the woods and people can go cross-country skiing, they can snow-shoe and they can hit all the hills."

But not before they stop in to Jim's  shop to get geared up for the week.

Goguen is prepping winter sports gear for people eager to make the most of their week off, and he has been swamped.

"We've been very busy getting cross-country skis mounted, getting the wax on skis and snowboards and snow shoes," he says.

And Goguen says everyone is in a rush.

Jim Goguen has been busy getting customers ready for March break
Jim Goguen has been busy getting customers ready for March break

That's because up until a few weeks ago people were worried, snow wise, that March break might be a write off.

"I will tell you, back in January, we didn't have as many people walking through the door looking for skis. But as soon as the snow started in February it's been non-stop."

New Brunswick has definitely made up for the lack of snowfall during the month of February.

Southeastern New Brunswick got 101 cm of snow  - far more than the 68 cm the region usually receives.

By the end of the month the amount of snow on the ground in Moncton  was roughly normal.

Now, customers are taking advantage of late-season sales, prior to March break.

"Me and a couple of friends are probably heading down to Poley [and] hopefully have a good time," one customer tells us.

Keep updated on snow totals across the country by visiting our Snow Report.

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