The Select Board gave the green light for beer and wine service two nights a week at the Camden Snow Bowl, after ski lifts close.

The idea of adding beer and wine to the Snow Bowl's menu was first presented to the Select Board Nov. 21 by Mark Senders, the new food service concessionaire for the town-owned ski area. That evening, Senders, owner of the Camden Bagel Cafe, was asked to prepare a proposal for the board.

Senders returned to the Select Board Dec. 5 with a proposal for beer and wine service two nights a week. The proposed hours are Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. During school vacation weeks in December and February, when there is no Friday night skiing, service would occur on two evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. Senders plans to sell two beers on tap, two bottled beers and up to three wines.

"It is a great time to initiate alternative revenue streams for the mountain and to do so in a proper manner that does not sacrifice our mountain experience from ages 1 to 100," Senders read from his proposal.

"It provides an opportunity to entice more visitors to the lodge and the mountain for a greater variety of experiences and would play a pivotal role in helping expand the Snow Bowl's four season potential," he said.

Alcohol service would be from the food service location, or on special occasions, in a roped-off area in the lodge.

Board member Marc Ratner asked if Senders stays at the Snow Bowl for two hours after the lifts close, would that require town employees to stay as well.

Sender said it would not require town employees to stay longer than they normally would. He said, based on his contract to serve food, he is responsible for the lodge.

Board Chairman John French said any approval to serve alcohol should be a temporary approval for one year

Board member Alison McKellar asked Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell if she thought the Select Board should vote on Senders' proposal or have the public weigh in first.

Caler-Bell said, "It depends on your comfort level." Caler-Bell said there had been opportunities for the public to weigh in on the proposal.

The board agreed that a public hearing for Senders' liquor license would have to be held.