Squaw Mountain overlooking Moosehead Lake in Maine is a special place. The views
from Big Squaw ski area of the Lake, Mt Kineo and Katahdin are spectacular and the
people here are the real deal (read: no fancy ski suits, just hearty skiers and
snowboarders). I would add that the local skiers are resilient, despite their
lousy luck. You may recall that Squaw's summit chairlift, which delivered skiers
up an impressive 1,700' vertical to some classic and challenging ski terrain,
broke in 2004 injuring four skiers and never reopened.
The Friends of Squaw Mountain have mounted a valiant vertical effort and are spinning the lower mountain triple chair again when weather permits, after several years that the ski area remained closed. Talk about earning your turns. Volunteers at Squaw spent countless hours, raising money via facebook, painting, pruning, to open Squaw's lower mountain lift and trails for skiing since 2013. In a $1 year lease from the current owner, this nonprofit group has revitalized the base lodge, made the triple chair operational, and even leased a groomer.
A little history behind Squaw Mountain: the Greenville ski area opened in 1963. Scott Paper company owned it in the 70's, then Maine Bureau of Parks & Rec took ownership in the 80's. Subsequently Squaw went through a series of ownership changes and a bankruptcy, until 1995 when the current owner, James Confalone, purchased the ski area. He made news with his refusal to rename the resort Moose Mountain - as other Maine names were being changed from the controversial "squaw" name. There were rumors of big plans to improve the ski resort, which never came to fruition. The summit chairlift lies in disrepair, and is now likely too old to revitalize.
Its inspiring to see what a passionate group of skiers can accomplish. Check out the Friends of Squaw Mountain facebook page to keep tabs on their progress, their pot luck fundraisers, for fan photos at this incredibly scenic ski hill, or to donate to their account.
Big Squaw Stats:
Vertical Drop 800’ on the lower mountain triple
17 Trails: 7 Beginner, 8 Intermediate. 2 Lifts: Triple Chair, Pony lift, Summit Double Chair closed till further notice). 50% Snowmaking. Cafeteria, and ski shop with rentals. 447 Ski Resort Road, Greenwood, Maine,
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