January 6, 2013

Skiing in Maine: Foundation, town working to keep Snow Bowl a treat

By JOHN CHRISTIE

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The third fund carries a deep emotional meaning. It honors the recently deceased and widely respected general manager of the Snow Bowl, who also served as Camden's director of parks and recreation for the past eight years, and was the moving force behind not only improvements at the Snow Bowl but the redevelopment plan.

Jeff Kuller lost his life while felling a tree at his home in early November. His passing has left a great void not only at the Snow Bowl but the community at large.

An outpouring of gifts in his honor has created the Jeff Kuller Memorial Fund, which grows on a daily basis, and has contributed significantly to the recently announced fund raising total.

The Kuller family has pledged to match contributions to the fund up to $75,000, which will be dedicated to naming the multi-use trail system that provides Nordic skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and hiking in his honor.

Recent snowfalls and successful snowmaking operations have allowed the Snow Bowl to open more terrain than is usually available at this point in the year, and the feeling of optimism about not only this season but the long-range future is palpable on the slopes and in the community.

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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