This week is the last chance for Snow Bowl skiers and riders to secure season passes at a discount. Through Oct. 31, passholders are able to purchase their early bird passes 20 percent off, and Camden taxpayers receive 33 percent off regular season ticket prices.

This weekend is the last opportunity for scenic chairlift rides to the summit for the fall season. With Halloween right around the corner, it’s Chiller Chairlift Rides, with buy one, get one ride free if you are in costume. Also, ride for free if you purchase your season pass that day. In addition to blueberry pancakes served in the lodge during the morning hours, Cold Toes Tacos will be serving tacos in the afternoon. Rides are Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pancake breakfasts, which support the fourth-grade learn-to-ski program, begin at 8:30 a.m.

During October, season passes for adults in Camden are one-third off normal prices, which go into effect on Nov. 1. Families that reside outside Camden receive 21 percent off regular season rates. Snow Bowl season passes come with half price day tickets to six other ski areas in Maine (Mt. Abram, Lost Valley, Hermon, Black Mountain, Titcomb and Big Rock.) Passes can be purchased at camdensnowbowl.com

Weather forecasters are predicting a much better upcoming winter this year. Meteorologists at all three of Maine’s network television stations are currently releasing their annual winter outlooks. All three of the meteorologists consulted last week are predicting that temperatures and snowfall will be back to normal for the region this winter. Their observations are based on the absence of El Nino (indicated by the fall’s tropical storms patterns) and current snow depths and high pressure in arctic locations, according to a news release from the Town of Camden.

Activity at the Camden Snow Bowl this summer and fall has increased, as the ski area served as an event center for the community and as a base for year-round recreation. A trail network created by volunteers drew mountain bikers from all over and supported a thriving Junior program. The effort was spearheaded by the growing Midcoast Chapter of the NE Mountain Bike Association.

In July, Snow Bowl hosted the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s annual Lobster Ride, and because of the event’s new location, the sponsoring organization added mountain biking to the race. Community Outdoor Day at the end of July celebrated the many activities available at the ski area during the non-winter seasons, including hiking, tennis, kayaking and paddleboarding at Hosmer Pond, biking for all ages, field activities and food trucks. On October first, Baxter Outdoors brought a duathlon to the Snow Bowl featuring the Snow Bowl’s first competitive Trail Run, co-hosted by the new local organization, Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine. On October 15th, Coastal Mountains Land Trust celebrated the opening of a new 3-mile hiking loop with a ribbon cutting at the Snow Bowl trail head.

Trainings for staff, ski instructors, first responders and ski patrol are currently underway for the coming season. In winter, when seasonal work in Midcoast Maine is hardest to come by, the Snow Bowl employs about 80 people in various aspects of the operation.

The Camden Snow Bowl is a community ski area owned and operated by the Town of Camden. In a normal winter, the Snow Bowl’s operations contribute $3.5 million annually to the region’s economy. The municipal ski area provides free and reduced priced recreation and programming, in conjunction with local volunteers, to more than 500 youth in 17 area schools.