Located several miles south of the rural, almost-border town of Jackman, Coburn Mountain stands as one of the most eminent and recognized mountains in New England. The peak towers over an expanse of rolling alpine timber. The south facing slope of Coburn Mountain is home to the ruins of Enchanted Mountain Ski Area. The Ill-Fated ski resort, which consisted of 7 runs, a double lift, a T-bar, & a surface lift to the bunny hill, operated from 1966 to 1974.
The area between The Forks and Jackman has often been referred to as the Switzerland of Maine. This is largely due to the stretches of isolated alpine slopes with beautiful views and heavy snowfall. With the ideal geography and Enchanted Mountain being the only operational ski hill in the area, it should have been destined for success.
Though the vertical drop was somewhere between 800 & 1200 feet, Enchanted Mountain brochures exaggerated this to heights as much as 1800 feet. Long term plans included three more trails, a tramway, and six double chairlifts, covering close to a projected 14,000 acres. However, financial strains prevented the expansion from ever happening.