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Saddleback Maine

Saddleback's opening status for the winter season is uncertain, pending a sale, as of November 2016 there is a group of locals working to buy the area.

With the highest base elevation of any ski area in New England, and a 4,120' summit, Saddleback offers classic New England skiing with old fashioned flair dating to its debut in 1960 and stunning views of the Rangeley Lakes region. With a decade of new ownership that invested in lifts, trails and lodging, skiers will find the same friendly feel - with a beautiful post and beam base lodge, improved lifts and new terrain. Intermediate skiers love cruisers like Royal Coachman off the Rangeley double chair. The upper mountain Kennebago Quad, new in 2009, serves some very challenging terrain like Warden's Worry and Nightmare Glades, and the scenic America trail. A long climb/traverse out to Casablanca Glades or Mule Skinner offers a virtual out of bounds experience with the convenience of its own dedicated lift. The Swig-n-Smelt Lounge has lively local après-ski. Saddleback is now an EB5 investment region (like Jay Peak), so new business are coming to the Rangeley region.

Saddleback Ski Resort is actually for sale for $9.5 million, has been since 2012. The Berry family bought Saddleback in 2003, and have invested $40 million in the past tens years in snowmaking, two new lifts, extensive snowmaking and trail work, glades, condos and the beautiful post and beam base lodge. Saddleback locals are working to form a buy out group, but have not raised the $6 million they would need to negotiate and potentially open for 2016-17 ski season. This could all be yours as your personal private playground, or a non-profit public ski club or whatever you wish for $9.5 mill.

Saddleback Stats:
Vertical Drop 2,000’. Summit 4,120', 66 Trails: 20 Beginner, 19 Intermediate, 24 Black Diamond. 5 Lifts: 2 Quad, 2 Double Chairs, 1 T-Bar. 220 acres, 85% Snowmaking. Terrain park and pipe. Expansive lodge with cafeteria, Rental & Ski Shop, Daycare, and Swig and Smelt Lounge for après ski.
Rt. 4, Rangeley 207-864-5671

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Saddleback's Loon Lodge
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Saddleback - focused on family
Rustic New England Ski Resorts that Rock

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All Stories by Heather Burke
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