RUMFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Last month, the Maine Winter Sports Center announced they'd be closing the doors at Black Mountain ski area, but after significant donations and growing support, the non-profit organization will donate the 50-year old venue to the Rumford-based volunteer board.
In the three weeks since the Maine Winter Sports Center revealed their plans, more than $125,000 has been raised toward a goal of $200,000.
According to Maine Winter Sports Center , "The completion of the gift remains subject to the parties reaching agreement on terms of the transfer document. The gift, when completed, combined with demonstrated strong fundraising potential, and the support of partners like Bangor Savings Bank, Franklin Savings Bank and Sunday River Resort, will allow the mountain to open this season"
Black Mountain changed its business model radically last year, looking to make skiing more accessible and to reach profitability. It reduced day tickets to $15 and season passes to $150, added a new snowmaking system, website and retail shop and expanded the Last Run Lounge. It also added a new 1.5-mile intermediate trail, Allagash, which quickly became a major new attraction. The result was a dramatic increase in new skiers and revenue, which has put the mountain on a positive trajectory.
To help the new Black Mountain reach its fundraising goal, please visit: www.gofundme.com/3eyo8c. Donations will be matched on this site by Bangor Savings Bank until this online campaign reaches $50,000. You can also go to any Bangor Savings Bank branch with your donations.