Littleton Food Co-op joins effort to help Mt. Eustis Ski Area open
LITTLETON — The Littleton Food Co-op in March will join the local effort to re-open the nearby Mt. Eustis Ski Area and the group working toward that goal is the co-op’s partner of the month, store administrators said.
Mt. Eustis Ski Hill will receive all donations placed in the checkout canisters, as well as a dollar from every hand-tossed pizza sold on “Pizza Fridays” through the month.
“We can see the slopes of Mt. Eustis from the store, and it would be great to see the hill dotted with skiers again,” co-op general manager Ed King said in a news release.
“This group is working tirelessly to bring skiing back at a local level, which would be a boon to the community and to kids in our area.”
In the early days of skiing in the region, many local children learned to ski at Mt. Eustis. With the growing popularity of larger areas, the local hill closed in the 1970s.
The Mt. Eustis Ski Hill group plans to have the ski area open for next winter with a rope tow and warming hut. Trail work has already begun.
“There are whole generations of local kids growing up here and not learning to ski, because of the expense and having to get to a big mountain,” said Dave Harkless, owner of Littleton Bike & Fitness, who has been spearheading the Mt. Eustis revival effort for the past few years.
“We feel that if there’s a ski area in town and it’s reasonably priced, every kid who wants to can learn to ski,” Harkless said in the release.
The group held a successful fundraiser in January and is planning a gala event at Bishop Farm in Lisbon this summer. For more information about the Mt. Eustis project and fundraising efforts, visit: www.mteustis.org. Members of the group will be at the co-op for “Pizza Night” on March 14, from 4-7 p.m.
For more information on the co-op, or to become a member, visit www.littletoncoop.org.