With Black Mountain soon to be again under community ownership, AND ANNOUNCING THAT IT WILL OPEN THIS SEASON, it is now even more critical that Black Mountain continue to see strong community support. Black is one of Maine's tallest ski areas and has one of the nicest lodges anywhere, four paved parking lots and is , BY FAR, the best value in skiing in America.
Please pass the word and keep the fundraising momentum going. Remember, Bangor Savings Bank will match your contribution, making every dollar you donate worth two to the mountain.
Bangor Savings Bank has just announced that they are contributing a $25,000 matching grant to Black Mountain. That puts us at $100,000 two weeks into our campaign, with three weeks to go. That also means that every dollar contributed on this site will mean $2 to Black Mountain.
We had a packed audience for the announcement, with a lodge full of kids and young families who don't want to see Black Mountain close. Let's help ensure they get to keep coming back to the mountain for years to come.
I'd like to thank everyone who has given so far and encourage everyone else to consider helping. Our goal is to raise a total of $1o0,000 and through the weekend we are off to a great start, but we still have a long way to go in the next 4 weeks. Given what Black Mountain has meant to so many college, high school and middle school teams, it would be fun to get communities to put a challenge together. Black Mountain could find a fun way of recognizing the winning community, but every community would know that they were part of helping save this historic and unique resource.
Historic Black Mountain of Maine, a non-profit ski area that has been an epicenter of nordic racing and alpine skiing, as well as the healthy, active outdoor lifestyle in Maine for three generations, had its best year ever last year, but lost its funding source.
The nordic trails have hosted every level of competition from World Championships, to USSA National Championships, Maine State high school and middle schools state championships, Bill Koch Festivals, J2 championships, Eastern High School Championships, the Sassi Memorial - Maine's unofficial all-class state championship and the Chummy Broomhall College State Championships. Black Mountain, the Chummy Broomhall stadium and the hundreds of Chisholm volunteers in their red jackets, have been the force behind nordic skiing in the East.
The alpine ski mountain is 1,385 feet of vertical, Maine's 4th tallest, has a beautiful post and beam lodge with two museums, two fireplaces, a cafe and Last Run lounge, a new snowmaking system, as well as four paved parking lots. Two seasons ago, in an effort to expand our mission of making skiing accessible to all Mainer's, we began charging $15 for day tickets, even for vacation week, and $150 season passes with no blackout days. The result was dramatic growth, and a lot of new, young faces at the mountain. This year we have increased our ticket prices to $25 and our early season passes to $175 in an effort to make Black Mountain a self-sustaining entity, however, we are not there just yet.
We need your help to continue making healthy lifestyle choices accessible to everyone. Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations will help fund operations to keep Black Mountain open. I hope you will remember the role Black Mountain has played in your skiing career, or that of someone in your family and are inspired to give generously and pass the word to your friends to help as well.
Black Mountain is a very special place to me. I know it's only a small amount but I hope it helps to keep things running. Thank you to the Chummy Broomhall, Rich Kent and everyone else who made Black Mountain what it was to me in high school and college and what it is today.