CAMDEN, Maine — The slopes of the Camden Snow Bowl are likely to be crowded late Saturday afternoon with cheerfully garbed skiers and snowboarders who will gather for a special reason: to mark the birthday of Jeffrey Kuller, the well-liked manager of the ski area who died unexpectedly in November.
Kuller would have been 57, according to acting general manager Beth Littlefield. The director of Camden Parks and Recreation was killed at his Camden home when a tree he had been working on fell on him.
“We thought we should do something because we’re open and the skiing’s great,” Littlefield said. “We were thinking of what we could do on a positive note for him.”
She said Kuller, who had worked for the town of Camden since 2004, enjoyed offering discounted ski tickets in exchange for a donation of food. So, officials are offering a $5 discount on tickets Saturday in exchange for a donation of a boxed or canned food item. The ride will kick off at 3:45 p.m. at the terrain park shack and participants will head down the Windjammer trail.
Allison Kuller, his widow, has asked that everyone wear a goofy hat in her husband’s memory, according to Littlefield. He apparently had a robust collection of silly headgear.
“We wanted to do something fun in his memory,” the acting general manager said. “We’re going to try to keep it light and happy.”
She said it’s possible that hundreds of people will turn out for the ride. As Kuller’s memorial service was held during the day, a lot of children weren’t able to attend.
“A lot of our youth skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts could be here,” Littlefield said.
After the ride, people can gather in the lodge, where music that Kuller loved will be playing. The food will be donated to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry.