Tuesday April 16, 2013

BRATTLEBORO (AP) -- After a dismal season last year, a Vermont ski area run by volunteers has bounced back with thousands of visits and much-needed revenue to help with repairs.

Members of Living Memorial Park Snow Sports Inc. in Brattleboro say they need to fund repairs estimated to cost more than $10,000 and a new storage building and stressed the need for community support.

"We’re blessed with a community that’s willing to give," said Barbara Gilmore, treasurer of the nonprofit.

The ski area opened in 1938 and operates on town land, but the town ceased operating the slope in 1995 due to economic issues. The nonprofit Living Memorial Park Snow Sports stepped in a few years later and has been running the business since.

The ski area offers all-day skiing for $5 and season passes for $200 per family or $75 a person.

But a winter with little snow can be crippling, like last year when the slope opened for just 11 days, the Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/17B3XyW ).

This past season, the ski area was open 57 days, including opening day on Dec. 29. More than 3,000 tickets were sold.

"That’s a good year," Gilmore said. "It’s the second-best year as far as the number of people on the hill."

On Saturday, volunteers were pulling down the lift’s 49 T-bars for maintenance and storage. The lift’s haul rope must be replaced before the next ski season, which is estimated to cost more than $10,000.


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