RUMFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Winter in Maine is no short season. Plenty of cold and a lot of snow. That's why many people find hobbies to enjoy the season, and skiing is one of the most popular. It's not a cheap hobby, so Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine is working to make it as affordable as possible.
This year the ski resort is offering day passes for $15 and season passes for $150. It's part of an effort to make skiing as affordable as possible for those who enjoy it and also get those interested who have never taken part according to Board of Directors member, John Bartash.
"We're not trying to compete with other mountains, we're just trying to get more people involved and get out there," said Bartash.
It's an effort that's working, with the rental shop being sold out for several days during the month of February. Madelyn Besse of Farmington was one of many who brought her family to the mountain during school vacation week.
"We like that we can all get outside together, get tired and it's great fun. We have a good time," said Besse.
Black Mountain had been funded by the Libra Foundation through the Maine Winter Sports Center up until this year. To recover from that loss of funds, the mountain has raised over $200,000 on it's own.
"They went in for about 10 years, they planted the seed, they added some water and fertilizer and then it was time for them to leave and it's our job to make it grow," said Bartash.
The annual WinterFest Weekend at Black Mountain will be running from Friday, February 28th to Sunday, March 2nd. For a full list of scheduled events go to www.skiblackmountain.org.