Liftie Becomes New Owner of Lost Valley Ski Area

Liftie Becomes New Owner of Lost Valley Ski Area

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Liftie Becomes New Owner of Lost Valley Ski Area


After an off-season filled with uncertainty, Lost Valley Ski Area has a new owner. The new owner is Robert Scott Shanaman, of Wilton, N.H., reports the Valley News. Shanaman has worked in the ski industry as a tramway inspector and will now use his liftie expertise to enhance the skiing experience at Auburn Maine’s premiere ski area.

However, although the papers were signed on Friday, the deal is dependent on a financing agreement being approved. 

Lost Valley Ski Area made the announcement on their Facebook Page saying, “It’s Official!! Lost Valley now has a new owner. Scott Shanaman. Thanks everyone for your support. Lost Valley will continue to be here for future generations!!! Welcome Scott!!!”

Owner Linc Hayes and his partner Connie King were facing $1.6 million in debt prior to the sale. During the past year, a fundraising campaigned collected approximately $23k dollars, which allowed resort officials to open the ski area in January of 2015.

Mountain Stats

  • Trails- 15
  • 1 Terrain Park
  • Annual Snowfall- 100 inches
  • Vertical drop: 240 ft
  • Longest run: 2,500 ft
  • Skiable area: 45 acres 
  • Snowmaking: 45 acres 
  • Night Skiing- Yes
  • Lifts- 2 (double chairs)

About Lost Valley

Using land that connected their two parcels, Otto Wallingford and Dr. Camille Gardner opened Lost Valley Ski Area in 1961, primarily so Wallingford would have something to do in winter-downtime for his family apple orchard. At Lost Valley Wallingford, who had a degree in agricultural engineering, put together the state’s first snowmaking system and introduced Down-Easters to night skiing. But his biggest contribution to skiing came in 1971 when he started towing a cylindrical steel grate behind a tractor to convert hard snow crust into groomed powder. The Powder Maker became an essential grooming tool and was the signature product of Wallingford’s new company,Valley Engineering, which he sold in 1975.

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