June 01, 2020
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Free ski event draws people Lee

LEE, Maine — Tom Henaghen wouldn’t typically ski Mount Jefferson Ski Area. The 35-year-old Hampden man hits Hermon Mountain because it’s closer to home, but he visited the ski area Sunday after hearing that Bangor Savings Bank offered free skiing for most of the day. Henaghen liked what he saw.

“It’s got a good mix of trails for the younger kids to use,” Henaghen said Sunday.

That’s what Carole Potts likes to hear. An assistant vice president at Bangor Savings and branch manager in Lincoln and Howland, Potts and other bank officers picked Mount Jefferson Ski Area for the free four-hour skiing and snowboarding promotion Sunday.

Bank workers and volunteers offered free sweet and hot sausages and popcorn and held several drawings for small gift items. The promotion ran from 1 to 4 p.m.

Mount Jefferson had a good day, issuing about 150 free passes, with about 250 skiers and snowboarders on the mountain, said Byron Delano Jr., Mount Jefferson Ski Area president.

“Whenever the parking lot is full, it’s a good day, and today, it was full,” Delano said. “We had a good crowd.”

“All for free sausage,” joked Delano’s wife, Julie.

“It was definitely worth it for us,” Potts said. “It gives us the opportunity to give back to the community, to say thank you. People also get a chance to see the bank and get to know us and what we do.”

A family-owned and -operated business since 1963, Mount Jefferson features a 432-foot vertical drop and 11 trails, including a beginners 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, according to its Web site, skimtjefferson.com.

“It’s been a very good winter,” said Delano, whose father, Byron Sr., was among five men who opened the business 47 years ago and who bought it himself in 1970. “We have had a lot of snow and people have kept coming.”

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