Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A snowboarder walks up the main access road to Black Mountain in Rumford in January.
Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer
"There are so many reasons why Black Mountain needs to continue as an enterprise," Shepard said. "But it's clear to me that not only is this an important economic engine, but this is the heart and soul of a lot of people's winter experiences."
"It is my home," said 14-year-old Curtis Gauvin of Rumford. "If it wasn't for (Black Mountain), I would be home sitting on the couch every day in the winter."
Gauvin joined with two skiing friends, Avery Sevigny, 11, and Rylee Sevigny, 10, to organize a fundraising 5K road race next month to help keep the ski area open.
He brought a glossy poster advertising the race to the lodge Thursday.
"I talked to my mom one day and said, 'Mom, can me and the Sevigny girls do a 5K?' She said, 'That'd be awesome.' So I kind of planned it out a little bit, contacted them, and that's how it started," he said.
Shepard initially set a fundraising goal of $150,000. Now he believes $200,000 is within reach. The more money raised, he said, the better the chances for a sustainable future for Black Mountain. He said he hopes to have an ownership plan by the end of this month.
Breen, from Bangor Savings Bank, said, "If we thought this was going to be a one-and-done situation and (Black Mountain) could limp along for one more season, we wouldn't be making this challenge.
"We think the energy that's been set in motion will keep the mountain sustainable," he said, "not just for one year but for many years to come."
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