New Mt. Abram General Manager Dave Scanlan met with Greenwood selectmen Tuesday and updated them on plans to involve the community in the ski area’s activities.

Scanlan is a co-founder of the international Mountain Riders Alliance organization, which earlier this year took over management of ski area operations at the Greenwood mountain.

At the time of the announcment Mt. Abram said it would put a greater emphasis on family events and community involvement.

Scanlan said Mt. Abram will this season bring back a program that was popular about six years ago: allowing Greenwood youngsters to ski for free on designated days.

This season it will be the third Sunday of each month, he said.

Youngsters up through high school can qualify by verifying their residency at the Town Office, he said.

The ski area will open Dec. 13 to season pass holders and on the 14th to the general public.

Other offerings will include $10 off a lift ticket through Christmas for anyone who brings five canned goods items for a local food bank; a $25 half-day learn-to-ski package to encourage families to ski; and $10 night ski tickets Thursdays and Fridays, with town league races on Fridays.

Tubing will also return to the mountain by popular demand, he said.

Daycare at the mountain will be a resource available to community parents, he said, and it will have an outdoor focus program. A summer camp may also be offered.

Selectmen also asked Scanlan for updates on improvements at the area.

He said next summer they hope to increase the pumping and water storage capacity of the snowmaking system, and the following summer perhaps move forward on lodge work beyond the temporary structure that has been in place since a fire destroyed the old building several years ago.

An expansion may be planned at the Westside Lodge, he said.

Work on a solar panel project to provide energy to the ski area is expected to proceed next spring.


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