January 31st, 2019 - Happy birthday Laurie Fitch!
A Message From Our Fearless Leader:

Hello all-

From a drenching rain a week ago to 10+ inches of snow yesterday—I’m sure there are many of you very happy to look at the month of January in the rear-view!! This said, we go into February with some of the best conditions in recent memory—everything is skiing great, the steeps, the glades, and the cruisers. The cold temps early in the week afforded us the opportunity to make a bunch of snow on key areas of Frostbite Falls & Sweeper. With these two trails being the primary way off the top of the mountain, the additional inventory will help insure they stay in good shape well into the spring.
I am happy to announce that our Flying Squirrel Terrain Park made it’s debut today and will be ready for full exploration by all you kids (and kids at heart) this weekend. We will do our best to build different elements and make subtle changes week to week to keep things interesting.

While I’m sure you are feeling the chill today, the forecast is calling for temps to moderate for the weekend—so come join us for some amazing skiing and riding conditions this weekend and the Wigs, Wine, and Wings party with John and Amy of 22 Broad Street and Barking Dawg Market featuring some of their favorite wine offerings in Loose Boots Lounge on Saturday with music from 4 to 7 with Jim Tasse and friends. Prizes for best costume wig will be awarded!

This weeks staff focus is on birthday girl Laurie Fitch, a fixture in our Snow Sports School for a few decades-

Laurie Fitch grew up skiing at Mt. Abram with her parents Norm and Sandy and sister Tammy. Laurie’s parents bought a camp on South Pond in 1964 and quickly winterized it with the help of Mt. Abram’s then Ski School Director, Blaine Mills to make it ready for skiing. The family spent each winter skiing at Mt. Abram and soon Sandy joined the ski patrol and Norm became a ski instructor. In 1981, Laurie followed in dad’s footsteps and joined the Mt. Abram ski school, then known as “The Learning Place” under the direction of Rik Dow. Laurie received her Level II PSIA certification in 1987 and continued to teach skiing at Mt. Abram until the mid-1990s when she headed off to Sunday River to teach the Women’s Turn program for a few years. She returned to teaching skiing at Mt. Abram in 2000 and still does today. She received her Level I Nordic/Telemark certification in 2016. In her weekday life, Laurie works for Unum, and recently made the permanent move to Greenwood after renovating the family’s camp into a year-round home in 2017. Look for her in the summer on the local bike, hike or kayak trails!

In 2008, Laurie joined the Board of Directors of the Mt. Abram Ski Club and now serves as its President. The Mt. Abram Ski Club provides financial and educational support to kids in Maine who otherwise could not afford skiing. She enjoys sharing her love of the sport with these kids and hopes to help create more life-long skiers at Mt. Abram! Laurie also serves on the Board of the Ski Museum of Maine.

The Mt. Abram Ski Club hosts several fundraisers each year to support its efforts. This year, the annual Torchlight Parade and Family Dinner Night will be held on Sunday, February 17. The parade begins at 6:00 followed by an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. Suggested donations are $7/person or $28/family. On Saturday, February 24th, the ski club will host the annual Sandy Fitch and David Gilpatrick Memorial Ski Races, with proceeds benefitting the Maine Cancer Foundation. Both Sandy and Dave were long time ski patrollers at Mt. Abram. That same evening, the Mt. Abram Ski Club will host its annual Auction, which is the largest fundraiser of the year (and the social event of the season – don’t miss it!). The Auction will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Loose Boots Lounge, following the awards for the memorial races. Mark your calendars now for the annual Loose Boots Open Golf Scramble coming September 28th! For her birthday this year, Laurie is asking for donations towards the Mt Abram Ski Club. If you are interested in donating click here . If you see Laurie out and about this weekend be sure and wish her a happy Birthday!

-Bob
Friends of Mt. Abram (FOMA)

What is FOMA?

Working in conjunction with the Mt. Abram ownership, we seek to bridge gaps to ensure the preservation of skiing, riding, and other outdoor pursuits at Mt Abram. We want to support continued use of Mt Abram for outdoor recreational opportunities for the greater community (see our mission statement below).
 
Friends of Mt. Abram (FOMA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor opportunities, education and access for outdoor activities that promote physical and mental wellness for children and adults without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or social or economic status.
 
How can I help FOMA?
 
There are two ways to help FOMA help Mt. Abram. First, you can volunteer your time. We organize volunteers to greet guests in the parking lots each morning and are also asking for volunteers to check tickets at various times throughout the day. 
 
The second way you can support us is to donate! Friends of Mt. Abram is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that welcomes your tax-deductible contribution. Go to our website www.friendsofmta.org  and click on the picture of the snow gun to donate.
 
What if I want to learn more about FOMA?
 
If you want to know more about FOMA find one of our board members: Joe Curcio, Scott Harrington, Erin Mitchell, Gregg Novick, Neal Poston or Sarah Wood. Or send an email sarahm_wood@yahoo.com . We will do our best to answer your questions and get you involved!
 
FOMA Mission Statement:
 
Small mountain ski areas continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Dozens of privately-owned mountains have closed denying families exposure to affordable winter mountain fun. There are not many small gem ski areas left.   FOMA wants to help keep affordable winter activities accessible for families.
 
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the continued existence of skiing, riding, and other outdoor pursuits at Mt Abram. Working in conjunction with the Ownership, other non-profits, government and private funding sources, and the general public, we seek to bridge the gaps to ensure the continued use of Mt Abram for outdoor recreational opportunities.
 

FOMA needs your help! If you are interested in volunteering for our Ambassador Program February 2nd & 3rd CLICK HERE






The Mt. Abram Ski Club was pleased to support Casco Bay High School students with a day on the slopes earlier this month. Thank you to the Mt. Abram Sports staff, instructors, lift attendants and the rest of the Mt. Abram team who helped to make the trip a success! We hope to see you all again next year. 

Calling all Auction fans! Our upcoming fundraising auction on Saturday, February 23rd at Loose Boots Lounge. We're gathering some great items, but still have room on our list for more! If you have a unique talent, gifts, services, or something unique that might need a new home, we’d be happy to include your donation in our event. Please email  skiclub@mtabram.com  and we’ll get connected! The Mt. Abram Ski Club is an independent, 501(c)(3) organization. 

We hope you’ll join us for all our events this season! Our annual torchlight parade and family spaghetti dinner on Sunday, February 17th, the Fitch/Gilpatrick races on February 24th and the auction. Visit our Facebook page for more details!

The Mt. Abram Ski Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting snow sports education of children and youth in Western Maine, the training of amateur athletes for national or international competition in snow sports, and educating the public about snow sports and related topics.   
Powder shots with local Christ Barns & friends from last weekend!