Mt. Riders Alliance takes over Mt. Abram operations
A co-founder of the international Mountain Riders Alliance organization will be the new general manager at Mt. Abram, as the MRA takes over management of ski area operations at the Greenwood mountain.
Mt. Abram has been partnering with MRA since 2011.
Jamie Schectman, also a founding partner of MRA and director of marketing and community development at Mt. Abram, said Tuesday that Dave Scanlan will be general manager, succeeding Kevin Rosenberg.
According to the MRA website, the international organization's mission is to "develop values-based, environmentally-friendly, rider-centric mountain playgrounds that encourage minimal carbon footprint business practices as well as alternative energy creation, while making a positive impact in the local community."
Scanlan is originally from the Chicago area, according to the website. He became involved with the Mountain Rider’s Alliance in 2010.
"As a lifelong, passionate skier, Dave's attention to detail and dedication to the community will be a great fit for Mt. Abram," said Schectman. "Dave spent the last 14 years living in Alaska, and served as the land planning chairman of his borough, where he is highly respected in his community."
Mt. Abram co-owners Rob Lally and Matt Hancock said in a statement, “We couldn’t be more pleased with MRA’s dedication to our mountain. We align with their values and look forward to a bright future."
The Greenwood ski area has seven year-round employees and 85 seasonal ones, according to Schectman.
He said Mt. Abram will be "refocusing on the family experience," with more family events planned. As part of that effort the mountain will bring back tubing and create a ski racing "town league" on Friday nights.
"We will also be expanding snowmaking on Lower Easy Rider to ensure better connectivity from the West Side to the main lodge," he said.
The West Side is a separate family/beginning skier area with its own lodge.
In keeping with the Mt. Abram and MRA environment-friendly philosophy, the ski area recently received a $235,000 federal grant to aid in the installation of 869 new solar panels. The panels should generate enough electricity to cover almost 100 percent of the mountain’s needs.
Schectman said the installation will take place either this fall or next spring.
For more information on the Mountain Riders Alliance and Scanlan go to www.mountainridersalliance.com.