Maine's Mt Abram $150,000 Trail Expansion Almost Ready To Launch
Mt Abram in western Maine is beginning its largest trail expansion project since the 1970s. The $150,000 construction of six new trails will offer 25 additional acres of skiing and riding. Following final permitting approval within the next two weeks, construction begins immediately for use this winter.
Creation of a dedicated race trail to the right of Pats Pass will allow Mt Abram to offer more rented hill training space to accommodate the demand from school racing teams. Mt Abram hopes to attract local colleges as well.
“We’ve always had a strong presence in the ski racing world. Skiers especially love our giant slalom course,” General Manager Dave Scanlan told SnoCountry.com. “The question has been how to balance that racing experience without degrading the experience of our season pass holders and day skiers. This is a great opportunity we didn’t want to let slip by.” With a dedicated race training run, “the locals don’t miss out by having their favorite trail close.”
Mt Abram has always been known for being one of Maine’s best learn-to-ski mountains with welcoming and uncrowded beginner slopes at the West Side Lodge. The ski area hopes the expansion of the Egomaniatrail will accommodate the growing beginner terrain park as well as a popular area for their terrain-based learning program.
An advanced/expert trail will be built on the upper west side of the mountain, with a consistent fall line and opportunity to add in gladed areas. The Dudley Terrain Park will be expanded to almost double the amount of functional terrain in the advanced and expert park. Experts will also enjoy a new run in between Rocky’s Run and Round About to the skiers right of the famous tree run “Old Zone.” The terrain in this area has many fun natural features in it providing great rolling classic New England skiing.
New connector trails will also be built to ease congestion and improve the flow of trails for intermediates.
Photos: Top -- Following last year's $1 million snowmaking and energy upgrade, Mt Abram is poised to cover the mountain quickly and efficiently. (Mt Abram/Facebook); Bottom: Mt Abram's expansion brings 25 acres of new terrain this winter, including a dedicated race venue. (Mt Abram/Google Earth)