Thursday, April 17, 2014
By CLARKE CANFIELD, The Associated Press
PORTLAND — The search is on for a new owner of a ski mountain in western Maine.
The Maine Winter Sports Center recently announced it was closing Black Mountain in Rumford after townspeople voted against appropriating $51,000 for the ski area.
Supporters say they're hopeful they can find a nonprofit organization, a group of investors or somebody else who's committed to keeping the mountain open.
The mountain has launched a fundraising campaign to show prospective owners that there's community support behind them. Board of directors Chairman Roger Arsenault says Black Mountain received about $25,000 in contributions and commitments within 48 hours of the announcement it was closing.