[R472R, Titus Mountain] in Malone, N.Y. has been sold to a new family of local owners, the Monettes, who have built and operated a number of successful North Country businesses.

Paul Augustine of Minnesota, who rose from his Midwestern farming roots to become a developer and owner of three ski areas and a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Ski Areas Association for his contributions to the ski industry, passed away on Jan. 1, 2011.

His surviving family members, who are in management at the flagship area Paul first developed in Minnesota, [R2R, Afton Alps], hoped to find new ownership that could continue their goals for Titus. The Augustines sought owners that would allow the Titus Mountain property to continue to grow as a family-oriented ski area, providing real work opportunities to North Country residents and recreational opportunities for people in northern New York as well as the St. Lawrence River Valley residents in southern Ontario and Quebec.


New owners, same great mountain. Photo Courtesy of Titus Mountain.

With a mix of terrain ranging from beginner to advanced-level slopes and affordable pricing, Titus Mountain has done just that for over 50 years, and for the past 30-plus years under the ownership of the Augustine family.

Among the improvements made to Titus Mountain during the past three decades were the addition of seven chairlifts, and a sizable expansion of skiable acres, which has included developing terrain on the upper part of Titus Mountain. A chalet was also added, and bridges and tunnels were built to allow users to go back and forth from the lower section of the area to the upper section without having to travel by car. Terrain parks and a snow tubing area have also been added under Augustine’s ownership. In addition, Titus Mountain added a sand-and-gravel business, providing more year-round employment for local residents.

As Titus Mountain begins a new era with a return to local family ownership, the Augustine family and the current management team at Titus Mountain are confident that the Monette family's efforts will allow them to provide even greater recreational and employment opportunities for the Malone area and surrounding communities. The Monette family would like to thank the Augustine family, and their dedicated employees, for their many years of stewardship of Titus Mountain, and for their passion in ensuring that it remain a family destination. They look forward to continuing the tradition of great skiing and creating memories.

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