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Camden Snow Bowl is opened for ski season

New policy regulates trail use when ski area is not open to public
Dec 20, 2019
Photo by: Susan Mustapich New winter policies at the Snow Bowl prohibit use of alpine trails until the ski area opens Dec. 21.

CAMDEN — The Camden Snow Bowl announced opened for the season Dec. 21.

Hours Dec. 21-24 and Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ski area is closed Dec. 25, Jan. 2 and 3.

Manamement has also announced a new policy regarding closure of the alpine ski trails when the facility is not open to the public.

Closures during non-operating hours are for the safety of staff, members of the public and pets, and pertain to skiers, hikers, snowshoers, sledding, dog walking and any other activities, according to Beth Ward, Snow Bowl director.

Snow Bowl mountain crews run snowmaking and grooming operations during non-operating hours. This requires the use of heavy machinery that makes public use of the mountain unsafe, Ward explained.

The one exception is the Kuller Trail, which is open to the public. This trail through the woods is accessible to the east of the double chairlift. Users must stay on the trail and not exit out onto the alpine trails.

Trail use by uphill recreational users will be regulated when the Snow Bowl is closed (non-operating hours). A red flag at the lodge will indicate that alpine trails are closed to all users, while a green flag means alpine trails are open to users at their own risk. Uphill travel will be allowed on designated routes, posted daily.

During operating hours, uphill travel will be allowed on three designated routes, posted daily, with uphill users required to display a day or season pass.

The access road gate will be closed during non-operating hours.

For more information about the Snow Bowl's hours of operation and new winter policies, visit the home page at

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 21, 2019 12:36

I remember the only rope tow allowed access to the slope. It was public and did not cost anything. We parents brought our kiddies to ski and would bring lunches to eat in the (old) lodge and warm up by the fires. It was a family time after church and was good fun for the kiddies. I feel sad that it is now a money maker and so many are excluded due to expense. Or am I wrong? Kids are grown and I am retired so some things do change.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 14, 2019 11:32

Growing up here on the coast and learning to ski at the snow bowl, climbing the mountain with the use of a "rope tow" (google it) everyone knew coastal weather has it's ups and downs.  Overall the ski area has been a great asset for the town yet has cost taxpayers thousands of dollars to maintain the "Camden area Daycare Center".  So Steve Betts would be curious to know over the past 20 years how many seasons were money makers and how many losses ?

Posted by: Eric Thurston | Dec 13, 2019 18:44

I hope all the work is worth it. The weather forecast for tomorrow is for 2 to 3 inches of rain and highs of 56°.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 13, 2019 09:48


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