Aranka Matolcsy of Mt. Abram Ski Resort said, "By implementing a groundbreaking new policy this season called 'Boundary to Boundary', the skiable terrain at Mt. Abram skyrocketed from 250 acres of trails to 650 acres of trails and glades.
"Now there are 400 more forested acres areas packed with powder stashes, steeps and cliff drops to thrill the most experienced of riders. This also means you can't lose your ticket for skiing off the trails in the trees. So if you see a killer hit off in the trees, go for it," Matolcsy said.
"There is a perception that we are a premier learn-to-ski and family resort. At the same time our outstanding expert terrain is underrated. We've got steeps, bumps, cliff drops, and head walls all to challenge serious experts," said Matt Hancock, owner of Mt. Abram Ski Resort. "This new policy opens all of this amazing terrain to everyone and gives the expert skiers and riders a reason to serious look at what we have to offer."
Hancock said that after a full risk assessment and insurance analysis was completed last fall, the new management team at Mt. Abram was given the green light to fully implement the policy, which has so far gotten rave reviews.
"A lot of the positive feedback surrounding this new policy is how it reflects a Western or Rocky Mountain approach to accessing backcountry terrain," he said.
In what Hancock described as another trail-blazing Western-style move, Mt. Abram Marketing Director Art McNeally, who spent 20 years as a mountain guide at Alta Ski Report in Utah before returning home to his favorite ski area, introduced the Wednesday Backcountry Touring Experience.
This new program allows skiers and riders to hike the mountain to "earn their turns" and ski or ride any terrain within the 650 acres for less than one-third the price of a regular lift ticket. For safety, the program has a sign-in and sign-out requirement so all backcountry skiers and riders are accounted for and tracked.
Mt. Abram also has opened its slopes free to all comers 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.