Fisher and Chair 2 (2015)
Lost Valley Ski Area
Auburn, Maine
Status: Open
First Season:1961-62
Vertical Drop:240 feet
Standing Lifts:2 doubles, 1 T-Bar
Past Lifts:Surface lift
Left: Fisher and Chair 2 (2015)
Recent News:
8/2/2020: Signs of Uncertainty for the 2020-21 Ski...
11/6/2017: Lost Valley Announces Three New Trails
6/6/2017: Lift Construction Ramping Up Across New...
4/11/2017: Brewery, Snowcat Development Facility to... Profile
Located in Auburn, Lost Valley has been serving Lewiston area skiers for over half a century. Over the years, the ski area has been noted for being an early adopter in snowmaking and powdermaker grooming.

Early Years

Construction of Lost Valley in 1961
Construction of Lost Valley in 1961

Plans for a new lift served ski area in Auburn were formed starting in the 1950s by local businessmen Otto Wallingford, Dr. Camille Gardner, and Willis A. Trafton. The group settled on hidden plots of land owned by Wallingford and Dr. Gardner's family.

Construction likely started in 1961, when an access road was built, the Lapham Brook rerouted, and numerous trails and slopes cleared. Lost Valley opened for the 1961-62 season as a rope tow served ski area.

For its sophomore season, Lost Valley added three new trails and a T-Bar.

Chairlift Era Begins

Auburn native and nordic skiing Olympian John Bower took over as manager of the ski area for the 1965-66 season, while a double chairlift was added, the base lodge expanded, and a new access road constructed. An early snowstorm ushered in a great holiday season, resulting in 8,000 skiers in just one week.

Snowmaking capabilities were tripled for the 1966-67 season and further improved for the 1970-71 season. Circa 1967, Fern Pontbriand became a partner in the business.

More growth came for the 1971-72 season, as the base lodge was expanded. Meanwhile, 5 new trails were added on a northern peak, serviced by a second double chairlift.

While Lost Valley alumnus Karl Anderson raced in the 1976 Winter Olympics, a young family was developing their skills at the small Maine area. Rob, Julie, and Anne-Lise Parisien all went on to represent the United States in the Olympics.

For the 1978-79 season, the rental shop was tripled in size and a ski shop added. In addition, Lost Valley boasted a "fully-automated ticket-dispensing system."

Ownership Changes

Lost Valley circa the 1980s
Lost Valley circa the 1980s

Circa 1988, Fern Pontbriand bought out Dr. Gardner and Wallingford.

After a successful racing career that included three World Cup wins and a silver medal at the World Championships, Julie Parisien returned to Lost Valley as a race coach circa 2002. In 2004, Lincoln Hayes, Diane Moreau, and Connie King purchased late owner Fern Pontbriand's majority stake in Lost Valley.

Rescue from Near Closure

Bull Moose and Chair 1 (2015)
Bull Moose and Chair 1 (2015)

In June of 2014, Lincoln Hayes announced that due to ten consecutive seasons of losses, Lost Valley would not open for the 2014-15 without outside help. Locals soon rallied and raised tens of thousands of dollars, ensuring the area would operate for the 2014-15 season.

In the fall of 2015, Aerial NDT Inspection, Inc. President Scott Shanaman purchased the ski area, easing concerns about Lost Valley's future.

After stabilizing the area and laying the groundwork for future improvements, Lost Valley took major steps forward for the 2017-18 season. Air Force veteran and longtime Lost Valley skier John Herrick was named General Manager as three new trails were opened, including an expert trail on the east side of the area. In addition, the former Spruce Peak Triple from Sunday River was acquired for future use. Finally, in February 2018, the Lost Valley Brewing Company debuted. Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
December35%    (2 reports)35 Open
January43%    (2 reports)43 Open
February73%    (3 reports)73 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Jan. 13, 2021 by newenglandskier13
Packed Powder, Variable Conditions
Jan. 6, 2021 by newenglandskier13
Packed Powder, Packed Powder
Dec. 23, 2020 by newenglandskier13
Packed Powder, Powder
Feb. 7, 2020 by newenglandskier13
Powder, Powder
Dec. 19, 2019 by newenglandskier13
Golf Balls, Packed Powder
Lost Valley Ski Area on News
Recent Articles
Signs of Uncertainty for the 2020-21 Ski Season - Aug. 2, 2020
Lost Valley Announces Three New Trails - Nov. 6, 2017
Lift Construction Ramping Up Across New England - Jun. 6, 2017
Brewery, Snowcat Development Facility to be Added to Lost Valley - Apr. 11, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with New Lost Valley Owner Scott Shanaman - Nov. 5, 2015
Lost Valley Sold - Nov. 1, 2015
Lost Valley to Open for 2014-15 Season - Oct. 1, 2014
Sunday River Donates $5,000 to Save Lost Valley Fundraiser - Sep. 26, 2014
Lost Valley Fundraiser Reaches $10,000 Mark - Sep. 23, 2014
Lost Valley Starts Fundraising Campaign to Continue Ski Operations - Sep. 11, 2014
Lost Valley Ski Area News Page

Image Gallery
1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski MapFebruary 12, 1981 Lewiston Daily SunNovember 19, 1981 Bangor Daily NewsDecember 29, 1981 Lewiston Evening Journal
View All Images in Lost Valley Ski Area Image Gallery

Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
The lift line circa the 1980s
Chair #1
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
Chair 2 circa 2009
Chair #2
Chairlift - Double - Fixed

Past Lifts
The bottom terminal (2014)
J W Penney

2019-20 Lost Valley Trail Map
1973-74 Lost Valley Trail Map1997-98 Lost Valley Trail Map1998-99 Lost Valley Trail Map1999-00 Lost Valley Trail Map2000-01 Lost Valley Trail Map2001-02 Lost Valley Trail Map
View All Lost Valley Ski Area Trail Maps

Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2020s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2020-21$60.002020-21 Ticket Price Graph$595.002020-21 Season Pass Price Graph9.9 daysDecember 192020-21 Skier Visit Graph
2019-20$60.002019-20 Ticket Price Graph$575.002019-20 Season Pass Price Graph9.6 daysDecember 6March 152019-20 Skier Visit Graph
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2018-19$55.002018-19 Ticket Price Graph$549.002018-19 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysDecember 14March 312018-19 Skier Visit Graph
2017-18$49.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$499.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysDecember 15March 312017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$45.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$499.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph11.1 daysDecember 16April 22016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$45.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$499.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph11.1 daysDecember 30March 132015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$40.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$399.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysJanuary 1March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$45.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$455.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 daysDecember 20March 292013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$45.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$455.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 daysMarch 172012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$45.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$455.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 daysDecember 22March 182011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-112010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 232010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-102009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 18March 142009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$45.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$455.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$35.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$399.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph11.4 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$35.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$399.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph11.4 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$33.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$376.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph11.4 days2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$31.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$440.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph14.2 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$31.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$440.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph14.2 daysMarch 142003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$31.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$440.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph14.2 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$30.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$440.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph14.7 days2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$30.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$30.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$30.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph$450.001998-99 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 days1998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$30.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph$450.001997-98 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 days1997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-971996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 261996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1993-941993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Season Pass Price GraphApril 21993-94 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 GraphDecember 161988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-881987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 201987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$14.751985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$12.501983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 231983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$11.501982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 211982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-821981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 141981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$9.751980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-801979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 201979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$8.751978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$8.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$8.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$110.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph13.8 days1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$7.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$7.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph$80.001974-75 Season Pass Price Graph11.4 daysDecember 51974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-741973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 311973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1972-73$6.001972-73 Ticket Price Graph1972-73 Season Pass Price Graph1972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$6.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$5.501970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 31970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$5.501969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1967-681967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 91967-68 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Worked at Lost Valley from 73-76 than again from 93-03 as part of the lift crew. Like a ball club sometimes it takes a new coach/manager to turn things around. The new owners might just do that. "
Gary Henault, Nov. 3, 2015
"Lost Valley has been in my family since 1963. I hope the current owners can see what it takes to continue I love it here"
Mike Cyr, Jan. 18, 2015
"where I learned to ski in 1978 from Brunswick Rec Department Ski Club. Great fun!!!"
John Paddock, Jun. 7, 2014
Add a memory of Lost Valley Ski Area
First Name:
Last Name:
E-Mail Address:

External Links
  • Lost Valley Ski Area - official site
  • Lost Valley -
  • Last updated: January 15, 2018

    Also on
    The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain?
    The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain?
    From top to bottom - American Skiing Company
    From top to bottom - American Skiing Company
    Once a large ski area, now defunct
    Once a large ski area, now defunct
    Before the resort, there was the Nose Dive
    Before the resort, there was the Nose Dive
    Will Tenney's lifts spin again?
    Will Tenney's lifts spin again?
    A small community run ski area in Lebanon, NH
    A small community run ski area in Lebanon, NH
       CCC Trails    Cancelled Ski Areas    Expansions    Lifts    Management    Maps    News    Then and Now    Timelines    Topics    In The Press    Links    Site Map    What's New    Feedback

    Copyright 2002-2019, All Rights Reserved.