BIG MOOSE TOWNSHIP, Maine — The blizzard that hit the state on Saturday gave the Big Squaw Mountain Ski Resort just what it needed to open after a three-year hiatus — a ton of white stuff.
The resort held its highly anticipated opening day on Sunday and the new operators posted images of skiers hitting the slopes on their Facebook page.
“We’ve got lots of snow,” Amy Lane, president of the Friends of Squaw Mountain, said Saturday.
The ski resort, located just outside Greenville, has been closed because of financial problems and would have remained closed without the help of the nonprofit Friends of Squaw Mountain, which formed one year ago to restart the resort.
Owner James Confalone had been looking for a municipality or group to reopen the facility and decided to lease the resort this season to Friends of Squaw Mountain for $1.
“We’re just a bunch of people who made it work,” Lane said of the nonprofit. “The opportunity came and we went for it.”
In addition to members of the organization, more than 50 volunteers and a group of Maine businesses helped refurbish the building and grounds.
Squaw Mountain originally opened for skiing in December 1963 with a T-bar that took skiers 600 feet up the mountain to get to four trails, the Ski Big Squaw website states. Confalone purchased the ski area in 1995 and operated it until March 2010.
The lower trails of Big Squaw Mountain, which was renamed Big Moose Mountain by the state, will be open to skiers and snowboarders, but the upper trails will remain closed, Lane said.
“We won’t have all the trails open,” she said, adding there are a total of nine lower ski trails.
The resort’s website said three trails were open on Sunday.
Ski prices are $25 for an all-day adult ski pass on weekends and holidays. Skiing during the week is by donation, and those age 5 and under and senior citizens over 70 always ski for free. Rental packages for skiers and snowboarders are $20 for adults and $15 for kids, and includes skis, boots, bindings and poles.
Those who want more information can visit www.skibigsquaw.com.
BDN reporter Alex Barber contributed to this story.