November 17, 2013

Skiing in Maine: Mount Abram – the little mountain that could set trends

By John Christie

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This season Hancock and Lally have contracted with MRA to assume management responsibility for Mt. Abram, with Scanlan as general manager and his wife Lana running the food/beverage operation. Schectman (who spent last season working with Hancock at the mountain to develop a plan for this year) will serve as director of marketing and community development and Pete Blanchard will be assistant general manager and sustainability director.

New this year will be a return of the Tubing Park, with tubing available Friday nights as well as holidays and weekends.

The area will be in full operation 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Also new will be a Town League for fun competition, 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday nights, with live music in the bar from 8 to 10 p.m.

Sundays will feature “Grits and Gates,” with a breakfast buffet in the base lodge, 8 to 11 a.m., and Nastar competition on the hill, 10 a.m. to noon.

“We plan to open up some more glade skiing,” Scanlan told me, reminding me that about 20 years ago, sons Josh and Jake lured me into the woods at Mt. Abram to maneuver among the trees for the first time, launching our love affair with off-piste adventures.

A new Pass Holder Advisory Board is planned to help guide ownership and management in their decision-making process about all things skiing and boarding, reflecting Hancock’s, Lally’s and MRA’s commitment to putting the customer first as their model for a ski area where the future takes flight.

John Christie is a former ski racer and ski area manager and owner, a ski historian and member of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. He and his son, Josh, write ski columns on alternating weeks. John can be reached at jchristie@fairpoint.net

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