New England has the cold weather; now all many ski resorts need is some snow.

The resorts have fired up their snowmaking machines in hopes of making up for a slow start to the ski season.

"There isn't much we can do," said Stanley Beers, whose Blue Hills ski area in Massachusetts was empty Friday.

The Boston area has set a record this year for its lack of snow. As of Friday, no measurable snow had fallen at Logan International Airport for 284 days. The old record, set last year, was 274 days.

Portland, Maine, typically gets 17 inches of snow in December and 70.9 inches all season. Only trace amounts have fallen so far.

There was little or no snow in the forecast for the holiday weekend.

Killington, which is Vermont's largest ski area, has received 61 inches of natural snow. But other places in New England have not been so lucky.

In Locke Mills, Maine, Mount Abrams Ski Resort's snow guns have been operating around the clock and have put down 2 to 4 feet of snow on open trails. The amount of natural snow is viewed as almost comical.

"We've had 1 1/2 inches. That's it," said owner Randy Dunican. "It's unbelievable."

The lack of snow has meant slow business for the Powder Ridge Ski Resort in Middletown, Conn.

With man-made snow on a few trails, the ski area opened for business after the Thanksgiving weekend. But a burst of warm weather ended skiing after about four days. General Manager Rich Satagaj said a cold snap about two weeks ago allowed the resort to reopen.

"We're making powder and it's pretty good skiing," Satagaj said. "But you need real snow to really get people out."