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Trying to blaze a trail at Mt. Abram

Could a lightning strike that destroyed the base lodge at a small, independent ski area in Maine be the spark that will ignite grass-roots change in an industry increasingly dominated by corporatization?

Matt Hancock, the co-owner of Mt. Abram, is willing to risk finding out. At this point, he figures his off-the-beaten-path mountain 5 miles outside of Bethel has nothing left to lose.

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