A small ski area that was shut down around fifty years ago could be making a comeback this winter. Quarry Road Trails is a nordic center situated around the site of the former downhill ski area. They are currently running a fundraiser to buy a portable rope tow to run this winter. The lift is manufactured by TowPro and will service seventy vertical feet of terrain. The first year of lift-serviced skiing will include a small terrain park, ski lessons, and snowmaking. This comes after a downhill alpine day last February which was serviced by a snowmobile.
The ski area first saw skiing in 1938, with a twelve hundred foot rope tow beginning Quarry Roads skiing journey. At its peak, the two hundred and fifty-foot hill had a T-bar, night skiing, and a base lodge. The mountain was originally known as Dunham’s Mountain Farm, but it eventually was bought by Colby College and was renamed Colby Ski Area. According to Quarry Road and NELSAP, the ski area closed in the 1970s due to various factors, such as the energy crisis, rising insurance costs from inflation, and minimal snowmaking coverage. The area has recently been revitalized thanks to the building of an intricate six and a half miles of a nordic skiing network around the former ski area by Quarry Road Trails. Summer activities currently include walking, biking, and running trails, paddling in the nearby Messalonskee Stream, and disc golf. In the future, other investments could be made on the ski hill, including a base lodge, lights for night skiing, a T-bar that goes to the summit, numerous trails ranging in difficulties, snowmaking, and grooming. You can donate to the project here.
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