Saddleback, ME to reopen in 2020 (with new owners)

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Saddleback, ME to reopen in 2020 (with new owners)

Postby EMSC » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:31 am

It's being sold to a Boston investment fund which hopes to close on the deal by mid-December. When it opens for next season apparently it will have at least 2 new lifts as well. A new Quad and a new t-bar. It's a bit far to reach for the remaining eastern FTO readers, but a unique place way up north...

https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/11/07/agreement-reached-on-sale-of-saddleback/
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Re: Saddleback, ME to reopen in 2020 (with new owners)

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:14 pm

https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/11/07/agreement-reached-on-sale-of-saddleback/ wrote:Andy Shepard, who will be Saddleback’s new general manager, said Arctaris plans to reopen for skiing sometime between Thanskgiving and Christmas of 2020.

I believe Saddleback has been closed for 4 ski seasons so it will take considerable time and $$$ to refurbish, get safety certified etc. So there's no way a deal closing next month could possibly result in the area reopening for the upcoming season.

I've read some info on this saga, and it's certainly good news that an interesting area like this will be saved, at least for now. But my understanding is that making a go of it in that remote location is very tough. Here's the local insight before the sale, not optimistic.
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Re: Saddleback, ME to reopen in 2020 (with new owners)

Postby EMSC » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:55 am

That is an interesting post in pugski.

I had heard that the 2 newer quads had been maintained over the years, but perhaps by someone who is incompetent and didn't really know what to do per that post. The rest of the infrastructure will be a pain and require $$ to bring up to snuff, but would probably be quite usable at close to as-is status IMHO (that is of course without having ever seen the lodges & snowmaking). I say that having spent so, so many years skiing Greek Peak and Eldora where the owners let basically everything go for decades at a time before any investment. It won't necessarily be the prettiest or easy to use, but it will be mostly usable would be my guess.

Everything I've ever heard says that is the skiing is pretty great. Even that they have a bunch of expansion possible too... if they can ever get anyone to drive that far to make it economically feasible.
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Re: Saddleback, ME to reopen in 2020 (with new owners)

Postby jamesdeluxe » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:38 am

EMSC wrote:t's a bit far to reach for the remaining eastern FTO readers, but a unique place way up north...

I've always wanted to check out Sugarload, Saddleback, and Big Squaw but yes, a long trek from where I live. Onetime FTO contributor Mapadu posted this video from Saddleback in 2013 and it's still working. Kinda reminds me of Cannon?
https://vimeo.com/61802107
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Re: Saddleback, ME to reopen in 2020 (with new owners)

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:33 pm

That video shows some subalpine terrain at the top, which I thought was unique to Sugarloaf in the Northeast.

Mom-and-pop areas like Eldora, Greek Peak, Baldy have to do a minimum of maintenance to spin the lifts each season. Once you go idle for a year or more (in Saddleback's case 4 years), things deteriorate and the cost in time and $$$ to reopen rises substantially. There will also be very detailed supervisory inspections before the ski area is allowed to reopen. Mt. Waterman had to go through this after being closed from 2001-2007.
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