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Black Mountain of Maine's base area (2013)
Black Mountain
Rumford, Maine
Status: Open
First Season:1960-61
Vertical Drop:1150 feet
Standing Lifts:1 triple, 1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:
Left: Black Mountain of Maine's base area (2013)
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While the Rumford area is perhaps better known for its nordic and ski jumping history, it has also been home to an alpine ski area for over half a century.

Early Years of Chisholm Ski Club

Rumford's Chisholm Ski Club dates back to circa 1923, when a ski jump was constructed on Spruce Street. A ski tow was later added to the area to support alpine skiing. World War II took the community's focus off maintaining its ski complex, resulting in the loss of the jump ramp.

Following the war, a ski jump and tow were constructed on Scotty's Mountain, thanks in part to help from the Oxford Paper Company. With its lease on Scotty's expiring circa 1960, the Chisholm Ski Club acquired some 450 acres on nearby Black Mountain and began constructing a new ski complex for the new decade.

The original Black Mountain lodge and alpine trails (2014)
The original Black Mountain lodge and alpine trails (2014)

Early Years at Black Mountain

Chisholm Winter Park on Black Mountain likely opened in early 1961 with two trails served by a 2,200 foot T-Bar. Two ski jumps were in place that winter, as well as a cross country ski trail network and a multi-story base lodge.

For its first full season, a 70 meter jump was added, as well as two more trails. Night skiing was also available.

Heading into the 1962-63 season, a 3,400 foot upper mountain lift line was apparently cut in preparation for a summit T-Bar. The upper mountain would not open until some four decades later.

Upper Androscogin (2014)
Upper Androscogin (2014)

Greater Rumford Community Center Takes Control

Black Mountain found itself in financial trouble in the early 1970s, thanks in part to a lack of snowmaking. Meanwhile, the non-profit Rumford Mechanics Institute Association became the Greater Rumford Community Center. Circa 1974, the Chisholm Ski Club handed ownership and operational control of Black Mountain ski area to the Greater Rumford Community Center. Along with financial support from the town, the group was able to keep the ski area operating.

Desperately in need of snowmaking, a fundraising campaign was kicked off in the late 1980s to install a system. As a result of the campaign and town funds, snowmaking debuted at Black Mountain during the winter of 1989-90.

In the early 1990s, fundraising was commenced for the purchase of a chairlift. While a lift was procured, the area could not raise enough funds to install it.

In order to help diversify winter offerings, snow tubing was added for the 1997-98 season.

Maine Winter Sports Center Buys Black Mountain

With Black Mountain constantly being a point of debate in regard to obtaining town funds, Chisholm Ski Club member and former Olympian Chummy Broomhall contacted Maine Winter Sports Center to see if the organization could help the ski area. In mid-2003, Maine Winter Sports Center purchased the ski area from the Greater Rumford Community Center. A used double chairlift was installed for the 2003-04 season, serving three novice trails.

Major changes took place for the 2004-05 season, as Black Mountain went from 470 vertical feet to 1,150 when a brand new triple chairlift was installed. In addition, a 12,000 base lodge was constructed at the foot of the new lift.

The 1.5 mile Allagash trail made its debut for the 2011-12 season. It was smoothed and groomed for the 2012-13 season.

Upper Allagash (2014)
Upper Allagash (2014)

Near Closure

On June 11, the Town of Rumford voted 939 to 497 to not provide $51,000 in annual funding. Two weeks later, Maine Winter Sports Center announced plans to close Black Mountain of Maine ski area effective immediately, citing 10 consecutive years of losses. Passionate skiers then commenced a fundraising campaign, which generated $125,000 in just a few weeks. On July 19, 2013, the Maine Winter Sports Center announced enough funds had been raised to keep the ski area open for the 2013-2014 season. Soon thereafter, the ski area was transferred to the Black Mountain Operating Board.

Meanwhile, a volunteer group called the Angry Beavers developed glades throughout the mountain, making Black Mountain one of the largest tree skiing areas in New England.

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Expansion History
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Upper Mountain
Open
2004-05

Image Gallery
February 6, 1979 Lewiston Evening NewsBlack Mountain Aerial Imagery, 1997 vs. 2011
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed
The top of the Novice Double in 2013
Novice Double Chair
Hall-Von Roll
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
2003-04
The Summit Triple Chair bottom terminal in 2013
Summit Triple Chair
Doppelmayr-CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2004-05
The Black Mountain T-Bar in 2013
T-Bar
J W Penney
T-Bar
1961-62

Past Lifts
Seasons

Maps
2003-04 Black Mountain Trail Map2004-05 Black Mountain Trail Map2010-11 Black Mountain Trail Map2011-12 Black Mountain Trail Map2012-13 Black Mountain Trail Map2014-15 Black 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$37.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$295.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph8.0 daysDecember 262016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$29.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$295.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysDecember 30March 202015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$25.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$250.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysDecember 20April 122014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$15.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$150.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysDecember 21April 132013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$15.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$150.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysDecember 22March 242012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$34.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$269.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph7.9 days2011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-112010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 27March 272010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$29.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$249.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph8.6 daysDecember 262009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$30.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$249.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph8.3 daysDecember 262008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$25.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$269.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph10.8 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$20.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$269.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph13.5 daysDecember 262006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$20.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph2005-06 Season Pass Price Graph2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$18.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$249.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph13.8 daysApril 32004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$17.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$295.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph17.4 days8,0002003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-032002-03 Ticket Price Graph2002-03 Season Pass Price Graph14,0002002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2000-012000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph18,0002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph15,0001999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1993-941993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 271993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1989-901989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph12,4221989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-891988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph8,8571988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1964-651964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 101964-65 Skier Visit Graph

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  • Chisholm Ski Club
  • Last updated: July 21, 2016

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