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Skiing at Bald Mountain in the 1960s
Bald Mountain
Dedham, Maine
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1950s
Last Season:1972-73
Vertical Drop:600 feet
Standing Lifts:
Past Lifts:1 double, 1 T-Bar, surface lifts
Left: Skiing at Bald Mountain in the 1960s
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Located outside of Bangor, 1,261 foot Bald Mountain in Dedham was once home to an alpine ski area.

PVSC Rope Tow

Lift served skiing at Bald Mountain in Dedham dates back to 1950, when Penobscot Valley Ski Club President Walter "Slim" Melvin moved a rope tow there from Kings Mountain in Orrington. A warming hut was constructed at the foot of the tow two years later.

Early in the morning on April 11, 1961, an Air Force F-101B Voodoo en route to Dow Air Force Base in Bangor crashed into the Kench Mountain subpeak of Bald Mountain. A search and rescue party, hampered by rain and two feet of snowpack, found the bodies of the pilot and radar intercept officer later that morning.

Expansion and Debt

After operating for nearly two decades as a rope tow area, a major investment was made for the 1967 season. A $337,000 Farmers Home Administration loan was obtained, funding the installation of a Hall T-Bar and double chairlift, the latter climbing 456 vertical feet. Funds were also reportedly used to expand parking and construct a three million gallon pond for a future snowmaking system.

Another major investment was made for the 1970-71 season, when a $140,000 snowmaking system was installed on the night skiing trails. The 'latest and most sophisticated' system reportedly had significant issues.

Foreclosure

Bald Mountain in 2014
Bald Mountain in 2014

Unfortunately for the ownership, the added debt soon took down Bald Mountain Corp., resulting in the Farmers Home Administration foreclosing on the $400,000 in debt. Bald Mountain likely closed in 1973.

Former Ambassador, IBM World Trade Corporation President, Smugglers Notch owner, and Camden resident Arthur "Dick" Watson bought the foreclosed property from the Farmers Home Administration in the spring of 1974 and donated the lifts to the Camden Snow Bowl.

Since then, the base lodge has been torn down and the abandoned slopes have gradually grown in. The ledgy mountain ridge remains a popular hiking destination.

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Bald Mountain Aerial Imagery, 1991 vs. 2011
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The top tower footing (2014)
Double Chair
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1967-68
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1973-74
The bottom terminal (2014)
T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1967-68
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1973-74

Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1972-73$5.501972-73 Ticket Price Graph1972-73 Season Pass Price Graph1972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$5.501971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$5.001970-71 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$5.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$2.501959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Bald Mountain (Dedham) - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Bald Mountain - Bangor Lost Ski Areas
  • Bald Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: November 24, 2016

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