City of Waterville, Maine Could Reopen Ski Area This Winter
A fundraiser is underway to install a lift at the former Colby College ski area.
Monday, September 20, 2021, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
After years of work, the former Colby College ski area in Waterville, Maine could reopen as soon as this winter.
Friends of Quarry Road has launched a $20,000 fundraiser to install a 75 vertical foot portable rope tow for this winter. The slope is located within the 200 acre Quarry Road Recreation Area, which is owned by the City of Waterville. The facility's nordic skiing trails already include snowmaking and night skiing.
As reported in 2017, Friends of Quarry Road worked with the SE Group to see if it would be feasible to reopen the defunct Colby College ski area in Waterville. According to the Friends of Quarry Road, a rope tow was first opened at the hill in the 1930s. A 235 vertical foot Hall T-Bar was installed in 1963, debuting in January 1964. According to the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, the ski area closed in the 1970s.
A future phase could include the installation of a T-Bar.
If reopened, the facility would be the closest alpine ski area to Augusta.