A Letter from the General Manager
Dear Bigrock Nation,
You might be one of the many that is curious as to how Bigrock finished out the year. We would like to take a moment to bring you up to date as to where we were, where we are, and where we are going.
Two years ago Bigrock incorporated an aggressive pricing structure with the goal of attracting more skiers to the Mountain that would in turn generate more revenue, and hopefully lead to breaking even or making a profit. More skiers did come to Bigrock, but the Mountain ended up losing all most $250,000 during the 2012-13 season. The future of Bigrock was in serious doubt, as it was clear that the Mountain was going to lose its’ funding, and was moving towards an independent entity that would be locally controlled. The Friends of Bigrock was established to keep the Mountain viable, and through the incredible generosity given by you, local businesses, and individuals, over $200,000 was raised that allowed Bigrock to open for the 2013-14 season.
Last year we reluctantly moved away from the aggressive pricing of the prior year to close the operating losses that we had been experiencing. The area was blessed with a great snow year, and the Bigrock Nation responded in kind by frequenting the Mountain often. This current year we will have a deficit, but it is manageable, and we are getting close to break even.
Bigrock is in a better place, but not where it needs to be in order for it to be self-sustaining, yet. To get there, we continue to aggressively control expenses. We are doing a lot of maintenance this summer, with much of the work and products being donated or discounted. In addition to controlling expenses, the Mountain will need to continue to fund raise, and the continued support of the Bigrock Nation. Bigrock is in the midst of hosting the County’s version of the Sunday River Tough Mountain Challenge on September 13th. This will be a great use of the facilities during the off season, and has the potential to be good fund raiser. The second annual Rocktoberfest is already penciled in for October 18th, and raised over $10,000 last year. We will be selling chair and tower sponsorships that will go towards our “groomer/equipment fund” to help cover the expensive maintenance that is required on these items. We are pursuing a way that will allow us to reconfigure and reopen the tubing park. Other fund raising ideas are being explored that we think will keep Bigrock relevant and viable well into the future.
As in any business, the work never ends. The outpouring of support and generosity of last year has allowed Bigrock to remain open. The Mountain has been an icon of the area for over 60 years, and is striving to be a self-sustaining area icon for the next 60 years. The support and generosity of the Bigrock Nation has gotten us to this point, and we invite you to get involved in our journey moving forward. We hope to see you at all of our events, and definitely when we open for another season December 13, 2014! Thank you for your past, continued, and future support!!
Bill Getman - Bigrock G.M.
Mars Hill Mountain Challenge
Mars Hill, Maine - Bigrock Mountain annouces that they will host the Mars Hill Mountain Challenge, a 5 kilometer adventure/obstacle course race on Saturday September 13, 2014. You may have heard of The Tough Mountain Challenge at Sunday River, The Tough Mudder Series, or The Mountain Raid series well this is going to be Aroostook County's version of those races. The challenge features the alpine terrain of Bigrock Mountain ski area with a variety of natural and man-mad obstacles over a 5 kilometer course with plenty of eleveation gain. If your looking for an event that will push you to the limit this is the event for you.
Mars Hill Mountain Challenge is open to all competitor ages 15 and up, but its recommened for ages 18 and up. Please not that any competitor under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign a release form at check-in the day of the event.
Mars Hill Mountain Challenge will be sold out with 500 competitors, divided into waves leaving every 15 minutes from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to create the best experience possible for everyone. All competitors are required to run in the wave they sign up for.
How Do You Register for the event?
What Does Registration Include?
1. Your entry into Aroostook Counties biggest obstacle race
2. A cool race T-shirt
3. A ski lift ticket to Bigrock Mountain good for 2014/2015 ski season
4. Free Entrance into the Bigrock Bash After Party!
5. A day packed with adventure and fun!
All competitors register as individuals, then once registered you can create or join your team. Teams consist of four competitors. The teams time is the average of each team members finish time.
Schedule of Events
Friday September 12th
Registration Packet/Bib Pickup 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday September 13th
Registration Packet/Bib Pickup 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
1st Wave of 5K Competitors Start 10:00 am
BBQ and Beer Garden open 11:00 am
Last Wave of 5K Competitors Start 3:00 pm
Kids 1K Fun Run 4:00 pm
Bigrock Bash After Party 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(Live Music, BBQ, Beer Garden)
Individual Awards will be issued to the top 3 finishers in 3 age categories: under 30, 30 - 39, and 40 and over.
Team Awards will be given out to each of the top 3 teams.
Teams will consist of four competitors. The team time is the average of each team members finish time.
Registration is non-refundable, however transfers can be made before September 8th for a $20.00 fee. To transfer registration email Ryan Guerrette at email@example.com
Kids Fun Run
The Mars Hill Mountain Challenge Kids Fun Run is a 1k fun race for kids following the last wave of the Adult race. The start time is approximately 4:00 pm. The Kids Fun Race is a scaled-down version of the Mars Hill Mountain Challenge designed for kids ages 5 to 14 that's all about having fun. Kids can expect uphill and downhill running, dirt, mud, small obstacles, snowguns, and more.
The Kids Fun Run will start at the bottom of the Bunny Slope and finish at the bottom of Uncle Bud's Run in the finish coral. The kids will be divided into age two age categories and two waves: ages 5 to 8 and ages 9 to 12.
Registration is online or the day of the event (KIDS FUN RUN ONLY) at the same location and times as check-in for the adult race, 8:00am to 3:00pm. Adult competitors can register kids when they check in. Registration is required to participate in the The Kids Fun Run, and a parent or guardian must sign a release form. The entry fee will be $20 and includes a finish medal and a take-away item which will also serve as proof of registration for entry to the start area for all kids participating.
All kids should bring clothes and shoes they don't mind getting dirty, an appetite for fun, and a sense of friendly competition. Parents are welcome to watch from the start and finish areas but are asked to stay off the course to allow room for the kids to run.
Bigrock Bash After Party
Join us from 4:00 to 8:00 pm as one of Aroostook Counties favorite bands Common Crossing will be cranking out the music. Grab a couple of friends and head to the rock and grab a couple colds one and enjoy yourself.
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