Maine resident tries to reopen ski area closed in the 1970′s

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 12, 2010 7:43 am

Rich Bartlett, resident of York, Maine, is leading an effort to revive a ski slope on Mount Agamenticus that hasn’t been used since the 1970′s. The project would cost the town about $40,000. Bartlett considers it a good investment for the health of the town and its residents. “You know, it gets cold. In the wintertime, people can very easily become dormant and have unhealthy lifestyles,” said Bartlett.

Bartlett is trying to develop a 270-foot-long ski slope and sledding area running down what used to be the beginners hill.

“It’s not turning the whole thing into a ski area again. It’s offering a small place where kids can go. Families can go to get some outdoor exercise,” said Bartlett.

Besides the difficulty in gaining funding, Bartlett’s project faces conservation opposition. Robin Kerr is the mountain’s conservation coordinator: “We’ve been working really hard over the last 10 years to promote sustainable recreation along with water quality and wildlife habitat. So we just want to make sure all these steps are in place and we continue with that mission,” she said.

Bartlett is optimistic about his efforts. Stressing the community benefits, he hopes to see this through. “It’s nice to have outdoor recreational facilities where people can go when it’s convenient to them, as well as maybe families can do something together,” he said.