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.

“We’ve got lots of snow,” Amy Lane, president of the Friends of Squaw Mountain, said Saturday. “We’ll be open tomorrow [Sunday]. The lift will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.”

The ski resort located just outside of Greenville has been closed due to finances, 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 to refurbish the building and grounds.

Squaw Mountain opened for skiing in December 1963 with a T-bar that took skiers 600 feet up the mountain to get to four trails, 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, but we’ll have five or six,” she said, adding there are a total of nine lower ski trails.

Ski prices are $25 for an all day adult ski pass, with those age 5 and under and senior citizens over 70 skiing for free on weekends and holidays. Skiing during the week is by donation. Rental packages for skiers and snowboarders are $20 for adults and $15 for kids, and includes skis, boots, bindings and poles.

The resort’s learn to ski program, called the Mighty Mites, will offer a 2-hour lesson for children in kindergarten through eighth grade starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. The cost is $12, plus rentals.

Those who want more information can visit www.skibigsquaw.com.


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