Mt. Abram Expansion Plans

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From the Business Sun Journal:  GREENWOOD — Mt. Abram has submitted plans to the
Department of Environmental Protection for the largest trail expansion seen on
the mountain since the late 1970s, according to a news release from the ski
area.

 The permitting process is expected to be
completed within the next two weeks, in time for the fall construction season.

"Since the summer of 2013, we have been
aggressively focusing on ways to improve the ski and snowboard experience,
making sure the mountain is keeping up with the evolution in the way people ski
and snowboard the mountain," General Manager Dave Scanlon said in the
release.

 "Last summer's snowmaking expansion ensured
that we can put snow on the mountain quickly and efficiently, while this
summer's focus has been on improving the way skiers navigate and utilize the
mountain," he wrote.

 Scanlon said the main catalyst for the trail
expansion project was the establishment of a dedicated ski racing venue,
"that will alleviate weekend traffic and congestion caused by race
training around the main mountain, the base lodge and the loading area of the
Wayback Chair Lift."

 He said creation of a dedicated race trail will
allow Mt. Abram to offer more rented hill training space for high school and
middle school race teams, will allow the area to grow its Mt. Abram Race
Training Program, and not compromise the quality of skiing for season-pass
holders and day ticket skiers.

 The second new trail is the expansion of the ski
run Egomania, located beneath the Skyline Chair Lift on the West Side,
according to the release.

 "The purpose of this trail is to have enough
area to expand our beginner terrain park without encroaching upon the other
uses of this slope," Scanlon said. 

 

Mt. Abram also plans to establish a new
advanced/expert trail on the mountain's upper west side; build a connector
trail for the bottoms of several trails; improve intermediate access into Round
About; and build an advanced trail between Rocky's Run and Round About. An
expansion of the Dudley Terrain Park is also planned.

Comments

  • Posts: 1,734
    That's exciting!
    - Sam
  • Posts: 1,734
    Great article with satellite photo showing locations of the new trails: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/mt-abram-plans-expansion-to-accommodate-training-racing-customers/

    With all this expansion going on at Abram I sure hope that they won't go too far and install a quad or remove the t-bar.
    - Sam
  • Posts: 807

    Great article with satellite photo showing locations of the new trails: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/mt-abram-plans-expansion-to-accommodate-training-racing-customers/

    With all this expansion going on at Abram I sure hope that they won't go too far and install a quad or remove the t-bar.

    Ha! Maybe they should place a disclaimer on their website: "No t-bars were harmed in the making of this expansion."
    ;))
  • Posts: 1,734

    Great article with satellite photo showing locations of the new trails: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/mt-abram-plans-expansion-to-accommodate-training-racing-customers/

    With all this expansion going on at Abram I sure hope that they won't go too far and install a quad or remove the t-bar.

    Ha! Maybe they should place a disclaimer on their website: "No t-bars were harmed in the making of this expansion."
    ;))
    Here's the t-bar used for tubing: http://newenglandskihistory.com/lifts/viewlift.php?id=93

    And here's the famous 3,350' long Maine T: http://newenglandskihistory.com/lifts/viewlift.php?id=123
    - Sam
  • TomWhiteTomWhite advanced
    Posts: 332

    ropeways.net | Home | 2015-09-23

    Maine's Mt Abram $150,000 Trail Expansion Ready To Launch

    Mt Abram in western Maine is beginning its largest trail expansion project since the 1970s. The $150,000 construction of six new trails will offer 25 additional acres of skiing and riding. Following final approval at the Greenwood Planning Board meeting September 14, construction begins immediately for use this winter.

    Creation of a dedicated race trail to the right of Pats Pass will allow Mt Abram to offer more rented hill training space to accommodate the demand from school racing teams. Mt Abram hopes to attract local colleges as well.

    “We’ve always had a strong presence in the ski racing world. Skiers especially love our giant slalom course,” General Manager Dave Scanlan told SnoCountry.com. “The question has been how to balance that racing experience without degrading the experience of our season pass holders and day skiers. This is a great opportunity we didn’t want to let slip by.” With a dedicated race training run, “the locals don’t miss out by having their favorite trail close.”

    Mt Abram has always been known for being one of Maine’s best learn-to-ski mountains with welcoming and uncrowded beginner slopes at the West Side Lodge. The ski area hopes the expansion of the Egomaniatrail will accommodate the growing beginner terrain park as well as a popular area for their terrain-based learning program.

    An advanced/expert trail will be built on the upper west side of the mountain, with a consistent fall line and opportunity to add in gladed areas. The Dudley Terrain Park will be expanded to almost double the amount of functional terrain in the advanced and expert park. Experts will also enjoy a new run in between Rocky’s Run and Round About to the skiers right of the famous tree run “Old Zone.” The terrain in this area has many fun natural features in it providing great rolling classic New England skiing.
    New connector trails will also be built to ease congestion and improve the flow of trails for intermediates.

    Source: "Snocountry.com"
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