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Bitter cold limits outdoor adventure

FORT KENT, Maine — Students on holiday vacation in the St. John Valley will have an opportunity to make use of new board games, books and other Christmas gifts suitable for indoor fun as bitterly cold temperatures make playing outside a dangerous proposition. 

A popular outdoor destination for both children and adults during the winter season, Lonesome Pine Trails ski resort in Fort Kent, closed on Wednesday, Dec. 27, due to subzero temperatures in the area. The National Weather Service of Caribou reported wind chills as cold as -34 degrees at points throughout the day.

The resort also closed on Thursday, Dec. 28 as outside temperatures remained dangerously cold.

“These wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin,” according to weather officials.  

The NWS has issued a Wind Chill Advisory in effect for all of Maine into Thursday morning. The ski resort determines weather closures on a daily basis.

“When we feel it’s too cold for the kids’ safety, we make the call,” Lonesome Pines Manager Mike Voisine said on Wednesday.

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