Tuesday, November 20, 7:00PM
Megan Roberts presents her new book, TITCOMB: A MOUNTAIN OF SKI MEMORIES: A HISTORY OF HOW A MAINE COMMUNITY RECREATION AREA THRIVES
What sets Titcomb Mountain apart from other ski areas? It is owned and operated by volunteers, and has survived all these years with the same owners—the people of each generation who call it their own. The Franklin Ski and Outing Club started in 1939, with the first lift rides in 1942, and this book tells its story, and the story of the many people who’ve loved it over the years. Titcomb can never boast that it grew from one lift into a multi-peak giant, or even that much has changed at all. Yet it has chugged along year after year, improving in slow increments, sometimes stumbling, but then rising back up to continue upward. With a vertical drop of 340 feet, it features sixteen alpine trails for all skill levels, along with a terrain park, glades, and night skiing. Titcomb also has 16 km of Nordic trails, including 2.3 km with lights. The beginner pony lift and the two T-Bars get people where they need to be and the lodge is homey and comfortable. It is loved for what it is, and it is enough. Megan Roberts grew up on these trails and then went on to spend over thirty years in the ski industry, including eight years managing Titcomb. Her father was the Club’s unofficial historian, a job that Megan inherited and relished.The trove of materials on Titcomb, as well as her first hand experiences, make this book come alive as you feel the struggles and triumphs through the generations.