Early predictions for a cold and snowy winter in New England are good news for ski areas but it may be too late for a mountain in Maine. The owners of Lost Valley ski area say the chair lifts won't be running this winter unless the community can step in to help.
The recession combined with a couple of warmer winters put Lost Valley in a hole they can't dig out of without help.
Owner Connie King says they've run out of personal money to put into the operation and they are hoping the community will step in to keep the mountain running.
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Lost Valley has been operating since 1961. One of the owners actually helped pioneer snow making and Lost Valley was the first mountain in Maine to have snow guns.
The original chairs are still on the lift and the ski area needs an infusion of cash in order to open and upgrade the equipment.
A crowd funding effort is now underway to try and gather donations. The goal is $50,000 dollars to open one lift and $100,000 to open both lifts. To donate, click here.