Skowhegan area to open for limited ski operations for the first time since 2008.
Saturday, November 22, 2014, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
After an eight year effort, Eaton Mountain ski area in Skowhegan, Maine is expected to reopen for limited ski operations in December 2014.
The small ski area opened in the 1960s, featuring a double chairlift for much of its history. David and Donna Beers purchased the closed area in 2008 and have been gradually working to restore operations, including snow tubing in 2010. Tragedy struck in December 2011, when David Beers was severely injured in a snowcat accident, resulting in the temporary closure of snow tubing and a further delay in restoring ski operations.
Beers recently acquired an O'Connor handle tow from Hunter, NY and Bruckshlogl rope tow from Catamount, NY, and expects to have both lifts operational to serve a terrain park, a novice slope, and a ski school. Snowmaking will cover the 120 vertical foot lift served ski offering this season.
Further funding will be needed to restore chairlift service to the top of the mountain.