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This profile was last updated on 2/20/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Owner and Manager

Hermon Mountain

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  • Owner and General Manager
    Hermon Mountain
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I would hate to see somebody ..., 20 Feb 2013 [cached]
I would hate to see somebody go to their waist in water, and so it's just better to give up on one day and let everything settle out," said Bill Whitcomb, Owner and Manager of Hermon Mountain.
Whitcomb said the water will drain out throughout the day and night.
"I'll give you an example," Bill ... [cached]
"I'll give you an example," Bill Whitcomb, owner and general manager of Hermon Mountain in Hermon, told the Bangor Daily News on Thursday. "It was the first time in three years we were able to make snow on frozen ground. That should tell you something right there, and everybody else is in the same boat."
Hermon Mountain had one of its top five best Decembers in the mountain's 29-year history, according to Whitcomb. He estimated skier visits during December were up 50 percent over last December. His staff made 500 season pass armbands, but sold out a week ago and have needed to make more, he said.
As of Thursday, the mountain was 100 percent open and had 14 inches of packed natural snow. Add to that the man-made snow and the average amount of snow on the trails is probably between 30 and 40 inches, Whitcomb said.
A good winter for the family-owned mountain means an ability to invest in snowmaking and other infrastructure improvements in the offseason, Whitcomb said, whereas a few poor seasons in a row could squeeze a mountain's finances.
He said it's too early to make grand predictions, though. He fears they'll be paying for the terrific December with a January thaw. So the mountain's snow guns are still blowing snow.
"We're not trusting nature to give us our whole winter's worth of snow," he said.
Owner Bill Whitcomb says it ..., 9 Oct 2012 [cached]
Owner Bill Whitcomb says it wasn't his intention when he purchased the mountain 27 years ago, but Hermon Mountain has become the family business, with his children and grandchildren choosing to work there. Whitcomb shares general manager duties with his wife, Marlene. "Our ski school program is excellent," he says. "We have a tot program for 3- to 4-year-olds that's a really cool program. Parents take the one-hour lessons with their kids and help the children learn by working with them on techniques the instructors want the kids to master over the next week. Whitcomb says children have an easier time learning to ski because they're often pigeon-toed which creates a natural snow plow.
Whitcomb says it may sound crazy but it's a lot of fun: Using the three trails at the front of the 360-foot mountain, competitors ski or snowboard down the first trail, remove their equipment and run up the middle trail, then put the equipment back on and race back down the third trail. Multiple skiers and riders are going up and down the mountain at once but they are broken into age groups. "It's an awesome one to watch," Whitcomb says of the event usually run in February. A lift ticket is the only entry fee needed.
And if all that isn't enough to hammer home the fun, family atmosphere at Hermon Mountain, how about this: No alcohol. "For some people it means nothing, but for us it means an awful lot," Whitcomb says. He doesn't believe there's room for alcohol at a small ski area with no lodging or mountainside restaurants. Though people have inquired over the years about him getting a liquor license he's never compromised on that. "It's one of the things," he says, "that makes parents comfortable."
According to owner Bill Whitcomb, the youngest person ever to "hit the trails" at Hermon Mountain was the 10-month-old child of a ski patrol member who skied on his own.
I didn't win, but I guess ..., 10 Feb 2013 [cached]
I didn't win, but I guess I did because here it is," said Bill Whitcomb, owner and manager at Hermon Mountain.
Whitcomb said, "The rental shop, maybe only a third of the equipment's out, which means that all of these people are people that are skiers and snowboarders that have been kind of waiting, and now finally it's here."
The staff at Hermon Mountain knew the slopes would be packed once Mainers dug themselves out, so they spent all of Friday night and all of Saturday packing the snow and getting it ready for the crowds.
It's certainly appreciated after last year's mild winter.
"At least for Hermon Mountain, it was the worst one we actually had on our records," said Whitcomb.
He's hoping this blizzard will keep the crowds coming for the rest of the season.
Whitcomb said, "What's going to happen is, it's going to stay white in everybody's dooryard and that's really the key."
Bill Whitcomb, the longtime ..., 18 Jan 2013 [cached]
Bill Whitcomb, the longtime owner of Hermon Mountain, said Hendrickson is among the most regular of his regulars.
"Last night, he was here and he skied two hours," Whitcomb says.
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