Bank offers free skiing in Lee on Sunday

Posted Feb. 10, 2010, at 8:43 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.

LEE, Maine — Its busiest days draw several hundred skiers and snowboarders, but Mount Jefferson Ski Area almost never rents all of its 75 pairs of skis and bindings and its 15 snowboards in a single day, company secretary and treasurer Julie Delano said Tuesday.

She expects all that to change Sunday.

That’s when Bangor Savings Bank will offer free skiing and snowboarding passes to anyone who visits the ski area from 1 to 4 p.m., said Carole Potts, an assistant vice president at the bank and branch manager in Lincoln and Howland.

The special promotion, Potts said, is one of the things the bank likes to do periodically to show its appreciation to area residents, businesses and customers.

“We like to be a part of the community and give back,” Potts said. “This is a way that we can give back to the community and people can come there and spend the afternoon and enjoy themselves. It’s a family event.”

Delano placed the value of Bangor Savings’ promotion at about $10 per attendee. That’s a pro-rated day on the slopes. Mount Jefferson typically charges $17 per day for adults, $12 for a half-day, $12 for children ages 6-12 and $9 for children on the half-day, according to its Web site, skimtjefferson.com.

If you go

Who: Bangor Savings Bank of Lincoln and Howland

What: Free afternoon of skiing

Where: Mount Jefferson Ski Area, Route 6, Lee

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14

Why: To promote Bangor Savings Bank and the ski area and to say thank you to the communities both serve

How: Skiers receive free lift and trail passes. Ski and snowboard equipment rentals will cost $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, or $12 for all-day skiing and $8 for half-day.
Children ages 5 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Sources: skimtjefferson.com and bangor.com

A family-owned and operated business, Mount Jefferson features a mountain with a 432-foot vertical drop and 11 trails, including a beginner’s slope with a 600-foot handle tow, two 2,000-foot T-bar lifts, ski lessons for individuals or groups, a ski patrol and a full snack bar, the Web site states.

Several hundred skiers are likely to attend, Delano said.

“We will probably run out of all of our rental equipment,” Delano predicted.

Bank workers and volunteers will also offer free sweet and hot sausages and popcorn. Several drawings for small gift items will also be held. The promotion does not include equipment rentals or lessons, Potts said.

Delano said the event will highlight what has already been a very strong skiing season at Mount Jefferson.

“We actually sold out of season passes and I had to order more,” she said. “I am not sure why. It seems like we are seeing a lot of new faces. At last count, we sold about 225 season passes.”

Delano did not know how many skiers and snowboarders typically visit Mount Jefferson in a season.

“This is great for both businesses,” Potts said of the bank and ski business. “With the economy the way it is now, it restricts people from taking a family out to ski. This will help families to go out and maybe ski.”

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