Saddleback is under new ownership – Arctaris Impact Fund has purchased Saddleback for $6.5 mill, with intentions to re-open the ski area by December 2020. Arctaris plans to invest $38 million into the mountain. The Berry family had previously owned Saddleback since 2003, but mountain operation had been closed for five years.
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. John Christie owned and managed Saddleback in the 1970’s – a heyday for this family friendly ski resort.
The Berry family invested in lifts, trails and lodging starting in 2003, spending over $40 million. Skiers found a traditional friendly feel – with a beautiful post and beam base lodge, improved lifts and terrain. Intermediate skiers loved 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 favorite Saddleback trail of ours, after 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 designated an EB5 investment region (like Jay Peak), so new business has been coming to the Rangeley region, though the closure of Saddleback ski resort slowed the influx, as skiers were commuting to Sugarloaf for skiing instead of staying in Rangeley the past few years.
Downtown Rangeley is a classic lake and mountain town in Maine. Just a few funs bars, hotels and shops fill the small community, equally popular with snowmobilers in winter as skiers.
Stay tuned as Saddleback will require new lifts to re-open for 2020-21 ski season.
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