By Deidre Fleming
What can $15 get you today?
The question may come up more as we get into the ski season, because two of Maine’s lift-serviced mountains now offer lift tickets at that bargain-basement price.
Nowhere else in Maine can you ski or snowboard for that cheap, unless you’re hiking up a mountain or holding a rope tow. And very likely nowhere else in New England is a day of downhill fun that cheap, said Greg Sweetser, Ski Maine executive director.
But every day a lift pass is now just $15 at Black Mountain in Rumford and Big Rock Ski Area in Mars Hill.
“It will stand out. It’s a little bit experimental. Certainly, it’s turning back the hands of time,” Sweetser said.
Just stop for a moment and think what $15 buys today: enough gas to get from southern Maine to the mountains … but not back; a decent bag of dog food, but not a nice after-dinner bone; a bucket of bait, but not a new ice trap.
An easier question might be: What kind of fun can’t $15 buy today?
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