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The Lonesome Pine Trails (2017)
Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Area
Fort Kent, Maine
Status: Open
First Season:1964-65
Vertical Drop:440 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The Lonesome Pine Trails (2017)
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Located on the south side of Fort Kent, Lonesome Pines is the northernmost ski area in New England.

County Ski Tow

The history of Lonesome Pine Trails ski area possibly dates back to a void created with the closure of Fort Kent's County Ski Tow. Perhaps in response, the non-profit Lonesome Pine Trails, Inc. was formed on July 16, 1964.

Lonesome Pine Trails Opens

A lonesome pine tree atop the Founders slope (2017)
A lonesome pine tree atop the Founders slope (2017)

The Lonesome Pine alpine ski area likely opened for the 1964-65 season, serviced by one or more rope tows. The present day Founders slope was the centerpiece of the new ski area.

After two decades of operating with rope tows, skiers, businesses, and local organizations contributed tens of thousands of dollars toward the installation of a T-Bar. As a result of their efforts, a used Hall T-Bar was installed for the 1985-86 season, providing top to bottom lift service.

Slow, but steady expansion continued in 1995-96, when the base lodge was doubled in size.

Meanwhile, in 1999 the Fort Kent Outdoor Center was established near Lonesome Pine Trails with funding from the Libra Foundation. Some of the nordic ski area's trails reach Lonesome Pine Trails.

After struggling in winters with poor snowfall and having to turn to temporary snowmaking installations, funds were raised to install a permanent system for the 2003-2004 season, initially covering the Maine and Reservoir trails. Snowmaking was subsequently expanded to cover the Founders and Garbonstingle trails.

The Maine (2017)
The Maine (2017)

Lonesome Pine Trails continues to operate to this day as a non-profit entity with the T-Bar, snowmaking, and night skiing.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
March90%    (1 report)90 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 12, 2017 by rocket21
Packed Powder, Loose Granular
Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Area on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed
The bottom terminal (2017)
T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1985-86

Past Lifts
Seasons

Maps
2010-11 Lonesome Pine Trails Trail Map2011-12 Lonesome Pine Trails Trail Map2012-13 Lonesome Pine Trails Trail Map2013-14 Lonesome Pine Trails Trail Map2014-15 Lonesome Pine Trails Trail Map2015-16 Lonesome Pine 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
2016-172016-17 Ticket Price Graph$195.002016-17 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 10April 22016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$20.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$195.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph9.8 daysDecember 122015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$20.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph2014-15 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 132014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$20.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph2013-14 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 142013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$20.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 152012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$20.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph2011-12 Season Pass Price GraphApril 12011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$20.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price GraphApril 102010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$20.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price Graph2009-10 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Lonesome Pine Trails - official site
  • County Ski Tow - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Lonesome Pines - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Lonesome Pine Trails - SmallSkiAreas.com
  • Last updated: March 15, 2017

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