January 24th, 2019
A Message From Our Fearless Leader:
Ann Crockett
Hello all-

You have to love Mother Nature—just when you think you are on a roll with cold temperatures and an abundance of natural snowfall, she warms up 30 degrees and throws you a rainy day right before weekend operations. While this is a bummer for all of us, don’t let it dampen your enthusiasm for what has been some of the best January conditions ever. We will come out of this just fine—the snowpack we have is deep and will do a good job of absorbing the rain. Temperatures are cooling off quickly tonight and we expect to be out grooming by about midnight, so you can expect good skiing conditions tomorrow, and even better conditions for the weekend after a second groom tomorrow night.

We expected to open our new Flying Squirrel Terrain Park on Egomainiah on Saturday, but given the warm forecast we delayed building the elements, so the big piles of snow we made are still intact and will be fun to play on over the weekend. We will do our best to begin shaping these on Saturday night so the kids may have a few elements to experience on Sunday.

We have an exciting weekend of activities kicking off with entertainment by Scott Folsom in Loose Boots Friday evening at 5. Saturday night the Cobblestones return to Loose Boots at 5 followed by Casino Night at 7:30 hosted by FOMA. Please c ome join us and support FOMA! All funds raised are used to support Mt Abram.

This week’s staff profile is on Ann Crockett, our Director of Retail and Group Sales.

Ann grew up in Augusta, ME, attending Cony High School, and then on to UMO, graduating in 1985 with a degree in Music Education. Ann has 2 children, Ben age 31 and Kaitlin age 29. She currently lives with her partner Jessica in South Paris and their two English bulldogs Greycee (age 11) and Franklin (age 2).

Ann has an extensive background in retail and in particular- ski retail. She worked for Polo Ralph Lauren for 8 years as Store Manager, worked for Orvis for a couple years helping them open new stores and operating their location at the time in North Conway. Ann ran group ski programs for Waterford Elementary School when her kids were little so was attracted to ski industry. She worked for Rick Hoddinott at Mt. Abram as her first ski industry job during the ice storm winter of 1997-98 as Office Manager, overseeing day care as well as group sales. She then went to work for Joe Jones Ski and Sports as buyer and merchandiser for their 10 locations, and from there worked for American Skiing Company for 10 years as Corporate Retail Buyer and analyst/merchandiser until the company dissolved. She moved from there into consultant work for Kitty Hawk Kites in Outer Banks as well as Taos Ski Resort in New Mexico. Ann also spent a year working for Gorsuch in Vail Colorado as Senior Buyer and Analyst.

Ann loves the outdoors, hiking, fly fishing, camping, water or snow skiing, being on her Chaparral with friends and family and walking with her dogs. Gardening is her happy place, playing in the dirt with flowers and veggies. You can see firsthand Ann’s talents as a retail merchandiser if you pay her a visit in Mt. Abram Sports. If you would like to book a group or plan a corporate outing, email Ann at ann@mtabram.com

I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!!

-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.
 







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.   
Casco Bay High School group January 2019