For years, Jeff Marcoux stood on the true summit of Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford, gazing at Rumford Whitecap Mountain off in the distance.
“That’s where I want to be,” he thought.
Marcoux founded the Angry Beavers — an organization dedicated to cutting and maintaining glades on Black Mountain of Maine — in 2010, and he has been an integral part of expanding the in-bounds tree skiing on his local hill. And the ability to ski off the backside, potentially accessing Whitecap Mountain, always was something he kept in the back of his mind.
But a large tract of forest, owned by the Mahoosuc Land Trust, isolated them — and their respective communities — from one another. Those looking to ski Whitecap Mountain often would start and end their tour in Andover, minutes from Sunday River.