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Mt. Jefferson
Mt. Jefferson
Lee, Maine
Status: Open
First Season:1964-65
Vertical Drop:432 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lifts
Past Lifts:
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Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
10/29/2020: Ski Areas on the Bubble
1/21/2020: Mt. Jefferson Cancels Season
1/27/2016: Mt. Jefferson Sold
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Located northeast of Bangor in Lee, Maine, Mt. Jefferson has been serving local skiers for nearly half a century.

Mt. Jefferson Ski & Recreation Association

The base lodge (1965)
The base lodge (1965)

Mt. Jefferson's lift served skiing history likely dates back to May of 1964, when Mt. Jefferson Ski & Recreation Association was registered as a Maine corporation. Six locals, ranging from age 35 to 65, reportedly contributed $5,000 each toward developing the ski area: Floyd Cobb (operator of Pierce Pond sporting camp), Byron Delano (a local potato farmer), Al Pickering, Claude Scribner, Roland Scribner, and Bernard Staples

By the time the 1964-65 season arrived, the new ski area consisted of three trails, a T-Bar, a rope tow, and a 50 by 30 foot base lodge. Co-founder Floyd Cobb told the Bangor Daily News that, "this isn't Sugarloaf or Squaw Mt. or Rangeley. It was never intended to be. We hope it will provide adequate skiing for the intermediate skier, family groups. Our mountain is within a 75 minute ride of Bangor, an hour from the University of Maine Old Town and with Lincoln and Millinocket close by, it should appeal to many of our friends. And, naturally, it out to be a handy site for high school competition."

In addition to day skiing seven days a week, night skiing was offered four nights a week for the 1965-66 season. The Bangor Daily News referred to Mt. Jefferson as "somewhat of a model for a small area."

Birch Run (1965)
Birch Run (1965)

Two new trails were added for the 1966-67 season, while a new access road was complemented with expanded parking. The season started with a strong New Year's holiday period, with the Bangor Daily News reporting that "lift lines were taxed to capacity." Operations were scaled back to six days per week.

The base lodge may have been expanded for the winter of 1967-68. The season also enjoyed a strong New Year's holiday period, but faded when conditions took a turn for the worst in February when a regional race had to be relocated to Mars Hill.

A powdermaker was acquired for the 1968-69 season to improve conditions. An early snowstorm likely resulted in a few days of skiing in November. Co-owner Byron Delano estimated annual skier visits to be 25,000, noting that "We in no way ever hope to give Sugarloaf a run for the dollar", adding, "I have yet to meet a person who said that he didn't enjoy the day at Mt. Jefferson."

The 1969-70 season kicked off after Christmas, however a lack of snow quickly halted it, resulting in only six days of operation by mid-February. Byron Delano told the Portland Press Herald that "There's been nothing like this before. In the past two years we haven't lost over two weekends. This year we've only been open one."

Mt. Jefferson remained on a six days per week schedule in 1972-73, but only advertised one night per week for night skiing. The state Class C ski championships continued to be held at the area.

1973-74 was likely another challenge due to lack of snow.

The Delano Family Buys Mt. Jefferson

Mt. Jefferson's 25th anniversary in February 1990
Mt. Jefferson's 25th anniversary in February 1990

The ski area was likely transferred to Mt. Jefferson Ski Area, LLC between 1978 and 1980, with Byron and Susan Delano becoming the sole owners. In February 1990, they marked the area's 25th anniversary.

Following the 1990-91 season, the Delanos acquired 40 more acres to the west of the ski area. Two trails were cut on the new land, plus one more on the east side of the ski area. Night skiing continued to be offered on Birch Run and Cedar Lane on Wednesday nights.

A second T-Bar was likely added for the 1994-95 season, while long term hopes of installing snowmaking were mentioned.

Co-founder Byron Delano passed away on December 11, 1996 at the age of 74. Byron Delano Jr. continued family ownership as the president of the ski area.

A handle tow was installed in 2007.

Co-founder Floyd Cobb passed away on September 14, 2014 at the age of 94.

Mt. Jefferson in 2018
Mt. Jefferson in 2018

The Delano family sold the ski area to Ken Zimmerman in early 2016. Zimmerman's plans included adding snow tubing and expanding the area to four season operations. The Bunny Slope was soon converted to a tubing area.

Co-founder Bernard Staples passed away on January 29, 2017 at the age of 95. Former owner Susan Delano passed away on March 12, 2017 at the age of 89. An obituary noted that no one had been able to perfect the recipe for the famous donuts she served at the base lodge.

The 2019-20 season was cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances and lack of snow." Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the area managed to reopen for the 2020-21 season.

Co-founder Roland Scribner passed away on March 10, 2022 at the age of 92.

While snowmaking as occasionally been mentioned as a future possibility, the ski area still relies upon natural snow.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
February95%    (2 reports)95 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Feb. 18, 2018 by rocket21
Powder, Powder
Feb. 18, 2018 by brianna
Powder, Powder
Mt. Jefferson on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Ski Areas on the Bubble - Oct. 29, 2020
Mt. Jefferson Cancels Season - Jan. 21, 2020
Mt. Jefferson Sold - Jan. 27, 2016
Mt. Jefferson NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed
The Mt. Jefferson Hall T-Bar circa the 2010s
Hall T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1994-95
The Mt. Jefferson T-Bar circa the 2010s
T-Bar
Baja
T-Bar
1964-65

Past Lifts
Seasons

Maps
2021-22 Mt. Jefferson Trail Map
1968-69 Mt. Jefferson Trail Map2003-04 Mt. Jefferson Trail Map2008-09 Mt. Jefferson Trail Map2009-10 Mt. Jefferson Trail Map2010-11 Mt. Jefferson Trail Map2011-12 Mt. Jefferson Trail Map
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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
2021-222021-22 Ticket Price Graph2021-22 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 12March 132021-22 Skier Visit Graph
2020-212020-21 Ticket Price Graph2020-21 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 13March 142020-21 Skier Visit Graph
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2018-19$25.002018-19 Ticket Price Graph2018-19 Season Pass Price GraphJanuary 19March 232018-19 Skier Visit Graph
2017-18$20.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$185.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph9.3 daysFebruary 10March 312017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$20.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$185.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph9.3 daysFebruary 11March 192016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$20.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$185.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph9.3 daysFebruary 15February 152015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$20.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$185.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph9.3 days2014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$20.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$185.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph9.3 days2013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$20.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$185.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph9.3 days2012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$20.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$185.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph9.3 days2011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$17.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$170.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 days2009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2007-082007-08 Ticket Price Graph2007-08 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 302007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$15.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$160.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 days2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$15.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$160.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$15.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$160.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$15.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$160.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 daysJanuary 112002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-022001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price GraphJanuary 12March 102001-02 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1997-981997-98 Ticket Price Graph1997-98 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 61997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-971996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 21996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1995-96$15.001995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 221995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1994-95$15.001994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 191994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$14.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 171992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-921991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 261991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1969-70$3.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 261969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-691968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 231968-69 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Ski Mt. Jefferson - official site
  • Mt. Jefferson - SmallSkiAreas.com
  • Last updated: September 27, 2022

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