Camden Snow Bowl opens for the season
Camden — The 2013-14 ski season got underway at the Camden Snow Bowl Friday, Dec. 20, with great conditions and some new changes just in time for the holiday break.
According to Camden Parks and Recreation Director Landon Fake, the outlook for the upcoming season is bright, despite some of the hurdles commonly encountered when trying to open a mountain for the winter.
“We have had some minor glitches leading up to today and even a small one this morning,” Fake said. “As we began to make snow, on the first day in fact, one of the compressors for the snow gun went down, and this morning the credit card machine for the kitchen stopped working, other than that things have gone rather smooth.”
Mother Nature dumped over two-feet of snow on the Midcoast over the past week, which, according to Fake, has been both good and bad.
“The great thing is that we got some snow to go along with the snow that we have been able to make so we have a pretty good base. With that said, the drawback is people may have been coming in with the anticipation of the entire mountain being open today, which isn't the case.”
Although the entire mountain was not open, there were plenty of skiers and snow boarders taking advantage of what was available and Fake said they [the Snow Bowl] hope to have the mountain completely open for Christmas break.
“The outlook for the season is bright,” said Fake. “Anytime that we have been able to open the entire mountain for the Christmas break it translates into a successful season."
As of Friday, the little T and the Mighty Mite were the only lifts in operation, with the expectation the chair lift will be open by noontime Saturday, Dec. 21, he said. Currently skiing on Foxy, Windjammer and Half-Hitch is available, including the terrain park.
There are a few changes to the layout of the mountain this year, Fake noted, as crews spent time this summer widening some trails and re-engineering some of the transition points from one trail to another.
“There are some new additions to the terrain park, which makes the park guys really happy and excited along with some work widening some corners where trails transition,” he said, adding, “All the exciting and major changes are going to take place this summer.”
There are some special events lined up to draw crowds to the mountain this winter including high school and sanctioned USA ski events. The two major events planned for this season are Camden Winterfest and the U.S. Toboggan Nationals on consecutive weekends.
For more information about rates, hours of operation and trail conditions at the Camden Snow Bowl visit camdensnowbowl.com.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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