This past ski season saw plenty of snow and many skiers on Maine mountains. That was the case for Black Mountain in Rumford, however, there is a chance that they could remain closed for this coming ski season.Black Mountain needs to raise $51,000 this summer and fall or they will likely remain closed this coming winter.

Town meeting voters on June 11th defeated Black Mountain's request for funding.

Roger Arsenault, president of the Black Mountain board of directors, wrote in an e-mail, 'as is stands now, we have been instructed by the (Maine Winter Sports Center) to raise the $51,000 however we can or the mountain will remain closed this winter.'

The Maine Winter Sports Center bought the ski area in 2003 and quickly expanded it. Last fall, they invested thousands of dollars into Black Mountain and installed a new snow-making system and high-efficiency snow guns. Lift tickets were reduced to $15 and skiers flocked to the mountain.

The Black Mountain board is still working out details on ways to raise the money.