03/25/2012 10:49 am ET

Despite Challenges, Lake City's Community Ski Hill Hangs On

In the one-room warming hut at the base of the Lake City Ski Hill, Betty Lou Blodgett serves hot cocoa to kids in no need of a sugar high. She mans the hut alone, maintaining a loose sense of order while selling lift tickets and doling out rental gear. A big barrel woodstove blazes while children stuff their feet into retro ski boots.

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