Skowhegan area to operate ski lifts for the first time since 2008.
Saturday, January 10, 2015, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
After an eight year effort, Eaton Mountain ski area in Skowhegan, Maine will be reopening for ski operations on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
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. The lifts serve a terrain park, a novice slope, and a ski school. The area also features snowmaking and grooming.
Further funding will be needed to restore chairlift service to the top of the mountain.