CAMDEN, Maine — Preliminary numbers released by the Camden Snow Bowl show a profit of $80,000 this ski season.
The earnings resulted from a combination of a snowy winter, extra ski days and improved customer service, according to Jeff Kuller, Camden’s director of parks and recreation.
Visits were up 11 percent to 33,749 visits this year at the municipally owned ski mountain, according to numbers released Monday evening.
Most prices this year remained the same as in years past, with the exception of the U.S. National Toboggan Championships, where racing fees were higher. This year’s race also took in more funds through extra vendors, extra sponsors and a full lineup of sled racers. The championships netted $60,527 in revenue, which is 43 percent above last year’s figures.
Kuller is already plotting ways to spend the new cash influx. He will ask the Camden Select Board to save most of the surplus as rainy day funds and savings for future repairs to Snow Bowl equipment. He’ll also ask to spend it on skis, boots and bindings for the children’s ski programs on the mountain and on some parts for the ski lift.
This year’s children’s programs were up 25 percent in participation, which is likely the cause of the proposed $17,000 investment of the surplus in that area.