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The double chairlift (2015)
Hermon Mountain Ski Area
Hermon, Maine
Status: Open
First Season:1960s
Vertical Drop:350 feet
Standing Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The double chairlift (2015)
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Located just west of Bangor, Maine, Hermon Mountain has been serving local (and in many cases due to its proximity to the airport, international) skiers for over half a century.

Rope Tow Years

New Hermon Mountain likely opened by the Jackson family at some point in 1964 (though some sources claim it may have opened in 1962-63), perhaps under the name of Hermon Slope (later becoming Hermon Mountain or Mt. Hermon, depending upon the publication). At this time, the ski area was served by one or more rope tows.

Early Growth

An SMI snowgun at Hermon in the mid 1980s
An SMI snowgun at Hermon in the mid 1980s

Hermon Mountain moved forward for the 1966-67 season by installing a 2,000 foot long Poma T-Bar. A new lodge was constructed for the following season. Snowmaking was possibly installed by the end of the decade.

A new expert trail was added for the 1970-71 season. A second T-Bar was added in 1972, serving novice terrain. By the time 1974-75 started, Hermon was advertising having snowmaking and lights on nearly all of its terrain.

Hard times soon hit Hermon. Less than two years after renovations, the Hermon Mountain base lodge burned to the ground on January 5, 1981. A group of local lawyers likely took control of the mountain circa 1984. $120,000 was invested in improving snowmaking for the 1984-85 season, following multiple years of poor snowfall.

New Hermon Mountain

The base area (2015)
The base area (2015)

New Hermon Mountain, Inc., owned by Bill and Marlene Whitcomb, took over the ski area in 1988. Snowmaking firepower was reportedly tripled in 1990.

After a decade of building up New Hermon Mountain, the Whitcombs installed a refurbished double chairlift for the 1998-99 season.

Aging night skiing lights were replaced for the 2001-2002, while the snowmaking electrical system was improved. A tubing operation was added for the 2002-2003 season, diversifying winter activities.

A large scale lodge expansion was conducted for the 2005-2006 season.

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
Hermon Mountain Ski Area on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

Image Gallery
November 19, 1981 Bangor Daily NewsJanuary 30, 1987 Bangor Daily NewsHermon Mountain Aerial, 1991 vs. 2014
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Hermon Double Chair circa the 2010s
Double Chair
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1998-99
The T-Bar (left of the double chairlift) (2014)
East Side T-Bar
Poma
T-Bar
1966-67

Past Lifts
Seasons
A cross arm/sheave in the woods (2015)
West Side T-Bar
Heron-Poma
T-Bar
1972-73
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Maps
1974-75 Hermon Mountain Trail Map2006-07 Hermon Trail Map2007-08 Hermon Trail Map2011-12 Hermon Mountain Trail Map2011-12 Hermon Trail Map2012-13 Hermon 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$27.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$275.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysDecember 17March 262016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$27.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$275.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysDecember 26March 132015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$27.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$275.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysDecember 21March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$27.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$275.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysDecember 13March 292013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$25.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$275.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph11.0 days2012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$25.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$275.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph11.0 daysDecember 23March 172011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2009-102009-10 Ticket Price Graph$275.002009-10 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 132009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$25.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$275.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph11.0 daysMarch 222008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$20.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$255.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph12.8 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$20.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$255.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph12.8 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$20.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph2004-05 Season Pass Price Graph2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1997-981997-98 Ticket Price Graph1997-98 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 51997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1989-901989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 11989-90 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
1986-87$13.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$11.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I was the (Kitchen Lady) (Cook) still get called that after all those years later.you are in my back yard and still enjoy watching you make snow after all theses years."
Cindy Boudreau, Feb. 6, 2017
"I was a member of the National Ski patrol back in the 1960's working at this ski area while stationed at Dow AFB. Great memories of this little mountain."
Richard Davis, Nov. 20, 2016
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External Links
  • Hermon Mountain - official site
  • Hermon Mountain Ski Area - SmallSkiAreas.com
  • Last updated: December 23, 2016

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