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Eaton Mtn. Setback

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East of the Kennebec

Posted: Dec 16, 2009 - 10:00 PM GMT

Here's a press release from the owners of Eaton that they won't be able to open this year due to night-lighting electrical problems. Here's hoping they hang in there!

December 15, 2009

Eaton Mountain Ski Area, located off of Route 2, five miles east of Skowhegan, has announced today that both skiing and snowtubing operations for the winter of 2009-2010 will be suspended.

“In the fall we found out that we would not be able to use the existing electrical system required for snowmaking and night skiing” said David S. Beers, President of Eaton Mountain, Inc. “To bring everything up to code, even if on just a few trails, will be a major project requiring a significant amount of time and money. We had hoped to at least get the snowtubing park open for this season with a new lift, lights, and snowmaking, but all the rain and resulting mud stymied our effort to get everything finished in time to be ready for the critical Christmas week vacation.”

“It’s been a real setback for us and is surely a big disappointment for customers who had been looking forward to Eaton coming back to life after not operating last season. We will continue to move forward with our plans for the area, just not as fast as I’d like.”

“We have been encouraged by a high degree of support from the local community and are dedicated to cleaning up and rejuvenating the ski area. I am not in a position to make any promises for next winter, but it is our intention to at least have snowtubing and natural snow/daylight skiing” said Beers. “Whatever we do end up having, I want it to be done right and not in a rushed or haphazard manner. We are currently looking into grant and financing options in order to bring top-to-bottom snowmaking and night skiing back to Eaton.”

More information about Eaton Mountain can be found at www.eatonmountain.com. Please direct inquiries to David Beers at info@eatonmt.com.

Donna M. Beers
Vice President
Eaton Mountain, Inc.

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New York City

Posted: Dec 17, 2009 - 1:35 PM GMT

Very sorry to hear that. I wonder what resources the owners had to buy the mountain in the first place, and how much they have left. I wish them good luck - doesn't sound like they've had any yet.
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Greetings from Toms River, NJ

Posted: Dec 17, 2009 - 2:28 PM GMT

Hopefully this will only be a one year setback.....The longer the dormancy, the harder to overcome it.


My Life Is A Very Complicated Drinking Game......
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Greenville/UMaine Farmington, ME

Posted: Dec 18, 2009 - 5:51 AM GMT

Do I hear a partnership with the Maine Winter Sports Center?

Big Squaw, New England's Ghetto ski area.

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