Marisa Hanning was recently welcomed to the Snow Bowl staff to serve as Competition Program Director. She joins Ski and Ride School Director Jeff Dec who leads instructional programs for all ages and levels. Hanning’s role will focus on the popular junior competition and freestyle programs that run throughout the winter.

Families from around the Midcoast will convene at the Camden Snow Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 13 to learn about season-long learning programs and to reserve spots for their young skiers.

Hanning comes to the Snow Bowl from Sugarloaf where she served as the head coach for the Under 10 athletes as part of Carrabassett Valley Academy’s weekend program. Prior to her position with CVA, Hanning was the first graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Alpine Operations Certificate program.

Instruction at the Camden Snow Bowl requires skilled staff who are not only at the top of their sport but who are also experienced teachers, according to a news release from the town. Snow Bowl coaches are all certified with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association to instruct entry-level as well as advanced programs.

Snow Bowl Ski and Ride School Director Jeff Dec came to the Snow Bowl in 2009 from southwest Colorado where he worked as a ski instructor for nearly a decade. Dec is a certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America in alpine and telemark skiing and last year attained a level 1 snowboard instruction certification. Jeff is also a third-year member of the Ragged Mountain Ski Patrol.

“Our returning staff is an amazing crew. They are a testament to the eclectic talent in the Midcoast area. The Snow Bowl is a wonderful community adventure with an impressive story. I am honored to know many of the personalities that have shaped the mountain and to be a part of the next chapter,” Dec said.

Program Day at the Snow Bowl, to be held Sunday, Nov 13, at 2 p.m., is an opportunity to meet the coaches and learn more information about season-long programs for all ages. Information is currently available at

Program Day is just the start of a busy week for recreation enthusiasts. Events that follow include: The annual Ragged Mountain Ski Club auction, to be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Waterfront Restaurant. Tickets sell out quickly. For more information, go to RMSC’s Facebook page.

On the weekend of Nov. 19-20, the Camden Hills Regional High School ski team hosts its annual ski swap at the high school cafeteria. Skiers who wish to sell alpine or Nordic equipment can drop it off at the high school between 3 and 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.

Then, on Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Teton Gravity Research presents the ski/snowboard film "Tight Loose." The film is sponsored by Camden Clothesline and the proceeds benefit the Ragged Mountain Foundation.