Auburn, ME, March 29th 2017: Lost Valley Management LLC., and Kassbohrer ATV, Inc., the North American Division of German parent company, Kassbohrer AG, and distributor of PistenBully snow grooming equipment, are pleased to announce that Lost Valley in Auburn has been selected by Kassbohrer as the future site of a new facility for the regional headquarters for the company. Outgrowing its current New England location Kassbohrer, has considered various sites and a partnership with Lost Valley Ski Area has been selected as the leading option. “Lost Valley is a unique location with Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing and Snowmobile Trails all located on site with a facility to host an array of people and business opportunities. This facility will change the way we approach every aspect of our business while giving us the ability to maintain, if not improve, our superior level of service to our customers” said Josh Nelson, KATV Regional Sales and Operations Manager, “We will have the ability to offer new options for service and knowledge that have not been possible until now.” Nelson believes that the partnership with Lost Valley and Scott Shanaman is really going to be a game changer for KATV.
The history between Kassbohrer and Lost Valley goes back almost 50 years to Valley Engineering and the introduction of early snow grooming implements on the trails of Lost Valley. “Snow farming” as it was called at the time, was the early version of grooming as we know it today. Kassbohrer Germany quickly realized the value of the implements being designed and built by Valley Engineering and entered into an agreement to distribute the machines built in Germany with the implements produced in Maine on a worldwide basis. In late 1979 Kassbohrer bought Valley Engineering and created Kassbohrer North America. Harry Turgeon, a Lewiston, Maine native, was one of the original employees with Valley Engineering and works today at the Kassbohrer New England’s office in Lewiston. “The history of Lost Valley and the snow grooming business are eternally tied together from the beginning and now we can go back to write the future” said Turgeon.
“Lost Valley is excited to have this partnership with Kassbohrer ATV. Having Kassbohrer’s regional headquarters located on site at Lost Valley means we’ll have access to the latest in snow grooming technology, equipment, maintenance and training. Lost Valley has a history of being innovative in the ski industry including Valley Engineering grooming implements, the first snowmaking system in Maine and the first night skiing in Maine. The partnership with Kassbohrer fits in with our vision of returning Lost Valley to the cutting edge of the ski industry and provides us and other local service providers with additional business opportunities. More importantly it means additional jobs are being retained and created here in the Lewiston-Auburn Area. It’s awesome to have the history & now future of snow grooming, coming right out of Lost Valley in Auburn Maine” said Scott Shanaman, owner of Lost Valley. Lost Valley is located at 200 Lost Valley Rd in Auburn Maine. Site development & meetings with city officials, planning & permitting are in progress. Kassbohrer hopes to have the new facility up and running by Spring of 2018.