After obtaining tens of thousands of dollars from a fundraiser, Lost Valley is moving forward with preparations to open.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
"We did it! Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Lost Valley, Sunday River, Emerson Toyota and the community at large, we are back for another season of fun in the snow. That's right, we are back and gearing up for another season of Winter fun!"
According to an October 1st post on their Facebook page, Lost Valley will be operating for the 2014-15 ski season, ending months of uncertainty. Season passes are now on sale and preparations are being made for ski season.
Located in Auburn, Maine, Lost Valley has been in operation since the 1961-62 season. The 240 vertical foot ski area features two chairlifts, snowmaking, and night skiing. The current ownership group took control of the area in 2004 and has incurred ten consecutive seasons of losses. Following the 2013-14 season, Lost Valley's ownership announced ski operations were in jeopardy.
A fundraiser was started with the goal of obtaining $50,000 by October 17, 2014. Tens of thousands of dollars were donated by skiers, while Emerson Toyota and Sunday River each contributed $5,000. Owners decided the $22,000 raised to date would be enough to reopen one chairlift. Another $50,000 is reportedly needed to open the second chairlift.