Developer's Proposed $75M Renovation Could Create Maine's 4th Largest Ski Resort

Developer's Proposed $75M Renovation Could Create Maine's 4th Largest Ski Resort

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Developer's Proposed $75M Renovation Could Create Maine's 4th Largest Ski Resort

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Upper Mountain - Big Squaw Mountain - New England Ski Area Expansions

Big Squaw trail map from 1967. New ownership plans to change the resort’s name to ‘Moosehead Lake Ski Resort’. Credit: New England Ski History

Big Squaw Mountain Ski Resort has sat mostly idle since a chairlift malfunction injured 4 people back in 2004. Now, a developer wants to invest $75m to rebuild the ski resort as Moosehead Lake Ski Resort.

The plans call for new chairlifts, a 60-room hotel, new snowmaking equipment, a new base lodge with a brewery, an outdoor skating rink, 108 condominiums, 315 townhomes, and 60 single-family homes.

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View of the current operation with the upper mountain trails in the background

The resort is currently owned by James Confalone of Florida. Confalone has refused numerous court orders to restore the ski area to condition it was in when he purchased the resort 25 years ago.

He has opted to sell the ski resort instead.

Big Squaw isn’t completely defunct. A local non-profit has operated the lower mountain triple chairlift over the past few seasons.

The lift offers 600′ of vertical, and 28 trails. A restoration of the upper mountain lift will give skiers over 1,700′ of vertical, and dozens of new trails.

Upper Mountain - Big Squaw Mountain - New England Ski Area Expansions

This picture of Big Squaw Mountain shows the upper mountain trails that haven’t been used in over a decade. Credit: New England Ski History

The project could bring as many as 400 jobs to Piscataquis County, the least populous and one of the poorest in Maine.

You can read the full article here.

The sale could close as early as March of this year. Stay tuned here at Unofficial Networks for any updates regarding this story.

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