Big Squaw, the Greenville, Maine, ski area known for classic, old-school New England trails and stunning views of Moosehead Lake, is set to reopen on a limited basis within a week after being out of business since 2010. A fervent, nonprofit group of volunteers has secured a one-year lease for $1 dollar to manage lift-serviced skiing on the lower half of the mountain, and donations of money and manpower have been pouring in since a December blizzard coincided with the launch of an online fund-raising campaign that is gaining considerable momentum.
“I knew that the landowner was willing to let an organization or a municipality run it,” Amy Lane, president of the Friends of Squaw Mountain, told the Bangor Daily News. “I was thinking over the past couple of winters, ‘Can’t a group of people come together just like our snowmobile clubs?’ Once we got all that snow, I approached my team and said, ‘Are we in or are we out?’ and it was unanimous. They don’t have a lot of money, but they have time, so it’s awesome to see them all come forward and say, ‘How can I help?’ ’’