Yesterday we said a final farewell to Spillway East, with a group of 40-50 Sugarloafers taking part in a ceremonial final ride up the lift. It was a festive occasion as all gathered at the bottom of the lift just before closing time to celebrate the final day of operation for Spillway.
The final ride was used as a fundraiser for the non-profit Ski Museum of Maine, with an auction during this year’s Passholders’ BBQ for the official final chair. The auction ended up netting a total of $8000 for the Museum, with two parties bidding $4000 each for the last two chairs (they also get to keep the chairs in which they rode). In addition, 40 or so individuals contributed $100 each to take part in the official final ride.
With the final chapter in Spillway’s history now written, it’s time to look to the future, and the installation of the brand-new quad this summer. As we posted last week, the process of dismantling Spillway West has already begun, and will continue this week when we remove the haul rope.