PORTLAND — The search is on for a new owner of a ski mountain in western Maine.

The Maine Winter Sports Center recently announced it was closing Black Mountain in Rumford after townspeople voted against appropriating $51,000 for the ski area.

Supporters say they’re hopeful they can find a nonprofit organization, a group of investors or somebody else who’s committed to keeping the mountain open.

The mountain has launched a fundraising campaign to show prospective owners that there’s community support behind them. Board of directors Chairman Roger Arsenault says Black Mountain received about $25,000 in contributions and commitments within 48 hours of the announcement it was closing.

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.