On Again, Off Again Black Mountain Of Maine, Is Back On
The saga of Black Mountain of Maine is turning to the good news side. The Maine Winter Sports Center, which abruptly closed the community ski area a month ago, seems to have found a solution.
The Winter Sports Center, which owns Black Mountain with the backing of the Libra Foundation, now says it is giving the ski area and its assets, to the all-volunteer Black Mountain board of directors. The volunteers plan to run the ski hill as a nonprofit and will open for this winter.
Some $125,000 of a $200,000 goal has been raised through donations in the month since the resort closed. That is far more than the $51,000 the Sport Center had asked for in the Rumford town budget that was ultimately rejected by voters and became the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back.”
“In just three weeks since plans to close the mountain were announced, Black Mountain of Maine has raised over $125,000, toward a goal of $200,000,” wrote Andy Shepard, President and CEO of the Maine Winter Sports Center on the ski area website. “Given the rapid progress toward the goal, we felt it important to make known our intentions to donate the mountain and let the community begin the important work of planning for the future.”
The Sports Center owners invested more than $9 million into the ski area since acquiring it a decade ago, giving the nonprofit owners hope they can make a go of it. Click here to see the original SnoCountry.com story on the closing and updates.
Want to help the “new” Black Mountain reach its fundraising goal? Click here. Donations have been matched by Bangor Savings Bank up to $50,000. You can also go to any Bangor Savings Bank branch with your donations.
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