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Enchanted Mountain Ski Area
Jackman, Maine
Enchanted Mountain Ski Area and Coburn Mountain (2013)
Enchanted Mountain Ski Area and Coburn Mountain (2013)
Enchanted Mountain Ski Area Details
Status:Lost/Defunct
First Year of Operation:1966
Last Year of Operation:1973
Vertical Drop:1,200 feet
Lifts in Operation:
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:1 double, 1 T-Bar, surface lift
Located south of the rural near-border town Jackman, Coburn Mountain is one of the most prominent mountains in all of New England. Towering over timber country, the 3,717 foot tall peak was the site of a massive ski area proposal in the 1960s. Named Enchanted Mountain, the ski area never progressed beyond its first phase. Geographically only a few miles west of Big Squaw ski area and north of Baker Mountain ski area, Enchanted Mountain operated for less than a decade.

Early Years
Designed by E. H. Lord-Wood Associates and built by North Haven Construction Company, Enchanted Mountain debuted in early 1966 with a 1,200 foot T-Bar lift and possibly a 900 foot novice Poma lift. The ski area was reportedly built on land leased from Scott Paper Company, which would later become owner of nearby Big Squaw ski area.

The top footings from the double chairlift (2013)
The top footings from the double chairlift (2013)
A 4,200 foot Poma double chairlift was added for the 1966-67 season, increasing the trail count to seven. In addition, a new access road was constructed.

Long term plans included three more trail pods, a tramway, and six double chairlifts, covering some 14,000 acres. Financial problems intervened, however.

Financial Problems
By the time the fall of 1969 rolled around, Enchanted Mountain was out of business and on its way to the auction block. The area was eventually sold by the Small Business Administration to Terry Tyler (founder of Maple Valley), Willis LeFavour, and Robert LeFavour. The new ownership reopened the ski area in February of 1970.

Heading into the early 1970s, the area tried to provide unique offerings, such as night time snowshoe tours and free board for anyone who brought their own sleeping bag.

Closure
The LeFavours were unable to rescue the remote ski area from financial doom. While listed in some ski publications for many years after, there is no known record of Enchanted Mountain operating beyond the 1972-73 season. The area was advertised as for sale in industry publication Ski Area Management in 1973. With no buyer found, the Small Business Administration moved to liquidate the area in 1974.

One of the Enchanted Mountain ski trails (2013)
One of the Enchanted Mountain ski trails (2013)
Since then, the lifts and buildings have been taken down. A small communications facility was built near the top of the chairlift, while a larger one sits at the top of Coburn Mountain. All terrain vehicles and snowmobiles still use some of the otherwise overgrown trails.

A large logging project commenced in the early 2010s, further eliminating the remaining traces of the lower portion of the ski area.


Image Gallery
November 5, 1970 Bangor Daily News1970-71 Eastern Ski MapEnchanted Mountain Aerial Imagery, 1997 vs. 2011Top terminal area footings from the Enchanted Mountain Double Chair in 2013
Top terminal area footings from the Enchanted Mountain Double Chair in 2013Top terminal area footings from the Enchanted Mountain Double Chair in 2013
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Name Type Brand Installed Removed After Details
Past Lifts
Baby PomaPlatter  1965-66    Details
Double ChairChairlift - Double - FixedPoma  1966-67    Details
T-BarT-BarPoma  1965-66    Details

Ticket Price History
Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket
Season Price Source
1970s
1971-72$6.00GraphBoston Globe  
1970-71$6.00GraphBoston Globe  

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External Links
  • Enchanted Mountain - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Coburn Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: December 24, 2013

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