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The former T-Bar liftline (2014)
Bald Mountain
Rangeley, Maine
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1959-60
Last Season:1960s
Vertical Drop:500 feet
Standing Lifts:
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The former T-Bar liftline (2014)
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Located just outside of the village of Oquossoc in Rangeley, 2,470 foot Bald Mountain was briefly home to a ski area before being overshadowed by nearby Saddleback.

Bald Mountain Ski Development

Ski resort fever hit the Rangeley Lakes region in the 1950s when local businessmen looked to tap into the growing number of skiers in New England. Ski area designer Sel Hannah was brought over from New Hampshire to check out 2,470 foot Bald Mountain in Oquossoc and 4,116 foot Saddleback Mountain near Rangeley. While Hannah saw more potential in Saddleback, both mountains were developed by separate companies. By spring of 1958, Bald Mountain had already been surveyed and plans for a chairlift were being considered.

The Bald Mountain Ski Corp., led by local developer and State Senator Shelton C. Noyes, pulled together $24,300 from area business owners and commenced work on December 4, 1959. In 45 days time, an access road and 400 car parking lot were built, a train station dragged in for a lodge, a trail cut, and an 800 foot rope tow constructed.

In the Shadow of Saddleback

Bald Mountain in the 1960s
Bald Mountain in the 1960s

Bald Mountain ski area opened at the end of January of 1960 with Governor John H. Reed arriving via dogsled. Future expansion plans were quickly touted.

While plans were made to install a double chairlift for the second season (for both skiing and summer sightseeing purposes), they were eventually scaled back to a 2,300 foot T-Bar Nonetheless, the new lift provided a significantly expanded vertical drop of 500 feet (occasionally referred to as 1,200 feet). Popular trails included the Mooselook Warbler and the Rangeley Spinner. Night skiing was introduced, as was ice skating and a larger parking lot. Unfortunately for Bald Mountain, its improvements were overshadowed by opening of nearby Saddleback.

Growth continued leading into the 1961-62 season, as two new trails were cut.

Big plans were discussed in late 1962, including the possibility of installing a gondola for year round use. Unfortunately the ski area's growth was going to slow dramatically as neighbor Saddleback installed a double chairlift that served over twice the vertical drop of Bald Mountain in 1963.

Two ski jumps, 12 and 25 meters, were added for the 1964-65 season.

Saddleback and Bald worked together to put on a winter carnival during the 1965-66 season.

Closure

A former ski trail (2014)
A former ski trail (2014)

Bald Mountain likely shut down following 1967 or 1968. By the time 1969 rolled around, the area was delisted from guidebooks and likely liquated. The T-Bar was likely installed at Titcomb in 1969.

The base area has since become home to the Rangeley Sporting Clays and Trap Range. In 1999, a new summit observation tower was constructed above the ski area, providing hikers wide views of the region.

Image Gallery
February 5, 1960 Lewiston Evening Journal1960-61 Eastern Ski Map1961-62 Eastern Ski MapBald Mountain Aerial Imagery, 1997 vs. 2011
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Bald Mountain T-Bar top shack in 2011
T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1960-61
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1960s

Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1967-68$3.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$3.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 111964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$1.501959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"That picture of the handsome skier holding the bald mt. sign is Gautier Able Thibodeau otherwise known as Tibby or as i called him grampy. Thank you for the picture!"
Jessica Thibodeau DeVries, Dec. 21, 2015
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External Links
  • Bald Mountain (Oquossoc) - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Bald Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: November 10, 2016

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