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CAMDEN, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- It's looking like another good weekend for skiers around Maine. But at the Camden Snow Bowl, they're already thinking about next season.

The town-owned ski area is about to start a major, $6.5 million makeover, financed through $4.5 million in private donations and $2 million from taxpayers. As soon as the ski season ends, work will begin for a new triple chair lift and an expanded snow making system. They will build a new beginner slope area and relocate the current chairlift to serve it. There will also be significant work to improve water drainage.

Snow Bowl managers say they're completing permit applications now, and will advertise for construction bids in March or early April. The goal is to have all the "on the mountain" work completed before the next ski season. Then they plan to build a new base lodge in 2015.

The Snow Bowl is owned by the town and managed as part of Camden's Parks and Recreation Department.