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Eaton Mountain
Eaton Mountain Ski Area
Skowhegan, Maine
Status: Open
First Season:1961-62
Vertical Drop:120 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lifts
Past Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Left: Eaton Mountain
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11/22/2014: Eaton Mountain to Reopen for Ski Operati...
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Located east of Skowhegan, Eaton Mountain is a small ski and snow tubing facility.

Early Years

A trail map painted on the lodge wall (2015)
A trail map painted on the lodge wall (2015)

Eaton Mountain's lift served ski history may date back to 1961-62, when a rope tow operation may have started. After the circa 1965 forming of a non-profit corporation, the area was advertised as 'new' for the 1966-67 season, backed by a new double chairlift. It is not known for sure if the chairlift operated that season. Billing invoices suggest the lift may not have opened until 1967-68.

Circa 1973, there was talk about Saddleback taking over and improving Eaton, however this likely did not advance beyond initial negotiations. Instead, George Lebrecque purchased the area that fall. Due to a foreclosure, the ski area did not open for the 1975-76 season. Two additional owners came aboard, allowing Lebrecque to reopen the area the following season. Lebrecque would assume sole ownership again in 1980.

Taking advantage of a Development Opportunity Fund Grant, a new snowmaking system was installed for the 1984-85 season.

Perhaps to hedge against issues with the double chairlift, a T-Bar was obtained from Sugarloaf circa the 1980s. Installation was not completed.

The ski area's main lodge and maintenance garage burned in January 2005. Regional areas helped provide equipment to keep the area operational.

Closure

The ski area closed after the 2007-08 season.

In the fall of 2008, David and Donna Beers purchased Eaton Mountain. While they had hoped to continue ski operations, the area's lifts and infrastructure was in a state of disrepair, resulting in no winter operations for multiple years.

After significant work, they were able to open a snow tubing area in 2010 with hopes to resume ski operations soon thereafter. A major setback occurred in December 2011 when David Beers was seriously injured while working on a snowcat. As a result of the accident, the area cancelled 2011-12 winter operations.

After a long recovery, Beers was able to reopen the tubing facility for the 2012-13 season. Meanwhile, efforts to resume ski operations continued.

Skiing Resumes

The lower mountain (2015)
The lower mountain (2015)

Two handle tows were purchased and installed to serve limited skiing operations for 2014-15. Eaton reopened for skiing on January 10, 2015 with the two tows serving a terrain park and novice terrain.

After the rough winter of 2015-16, Eaton Mountain suspended ski operations, but continued tubing for 2016-17. Future plans for the ski area call for a lift to the top of the mountain, serving the network of idle trails that are still maintained.



NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
March100%    (1 report)100 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 21, 2015 by rocket21
Packed Powder, Loose Granular
Eaton Mountain Ski Area on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Eaton Mountain to Reopen, Saddleback to Remain Closed - Feb. 9, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Eaton Mountain Owner David Beers - Jan. 2, 2017
Eaton Mountain Reopens for Ski Operations - Jan. 10, 2015
Eaton Mountain to Reopen for Ski Operations - Nov. 22, 2014
Eaton Mountain Ski Area NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The bottom terminal (2012)
Double Chair
Cianbro
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
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The bottom terminal (2012)
T-Bar
Stadeli
T-Bar

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Maps
2005-06 Eaton Mountain Trail Map2014-15 Eaton Mountain Trail Map2015-16 Eaton Mountain Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-17$15.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph2016-17 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 11March 252016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$15.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$125.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph8.3 daysJanuary 30February 152015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$15.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$150.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysJanuary 10March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2006-07$23.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$310.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph13.5 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$23.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$310.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph13.5 days2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$22.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$310.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph14.1 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$22.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$310.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph14.1 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$22.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$310.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph14.1 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$20.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$310.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph15.5 days2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$19.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$300.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph15.8 days2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$18.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1987-881987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 191987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1971-72$3.501971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$3.501970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$3.501968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$3.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Eaton Mountain Ski Area - official site
  • Eaton Mountain - SmallSkiAreas.com
  • Last updated: January 2, 2017

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