BigRock Mountains summit lift is about to get a major upgrade. The Bangor Daily News reports that the Maine ski area has started a fundraising campaign to replace their Gemini Double with a quad chairlift. The mountain recently started its Capital Fundraising Campaign to help get the money needed for the lift and has already garnered two large donations. According to New England Ski Industry, the lift originally opened at the now-defunct Evergreen Valley in Maine in 1972, which closed in 1982 and reopened at BigRock in 1993. The Gemini Double services intermediate and advanced terrain. The new fixed-grip quad will reduce the ride time from twelve to eight minutes, and increase capacity per hour from eight hundred to eighteen hundred people per hour.
Located in Mars Hill, Maine, the mountain features twenty-nine runs, four lifts, two terrain parks, a tubing hill, a snowmobilers trail, a 980-foot vertical drop, 65% snowmaking coverage, a large base lodge, and windmills at the summit. The mountain is extremely close to Canada, as it serves as a winter oasis for the local Maine towns and for the people across the border in New Brunswick. Donations to the mountain can be made here.