Maine Roots

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Skiing Saddleback

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This is just a brief post to highlight the special qualities of Saddleback mountain, a ski resort in Rangeley, Maine.  Many of you may now have heard or read about the financing challenges facing Saddleback’s owners in order to replace the Rangeley Double Chair – a $3 million investment that, if not possible within the next week or two, will mean the mountain will not operate for the ski season this year.

While I completely concur with the ownership’s decision to replace this 51-year-old lift, I have fond memories of that slow, cold, creaky ride up the mountain.  On particularly frigid days, you’d practically need another visit in the lodge to warm up after just one ride up the Rangeley Double Chair.  It allowed ample time for conversation with whomever you were on the lift with (hopefully a friend, given the duration), or time for reflection if alone.

The long-tenured Rangeley Double Chair is representative of the authenticity that has charmed Saddleback’s patrons over the years, and I was saddened to see the headlines about the resort’s potential closure.  I sincerely hope the financing needed is secured, enabling the mountain to operate this winter.  Saddleback is unique among Maine ski resorts in its sense of community and family-friendly environment – it fills a special niche that made it a favorite destination for my family and many others.

In case you haven’t seen them, below are a few news articles about this announcement:

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/20/saddleback-maine-wont-reopen-unless-it-gets-3-million-financing/

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/maines-popular-saddleback-ski-resort-season-jeopardy-32581099

http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/on-the-town/article.html/content/news/articles/ap/2015/07/20/Maine_s_popular_Saddleback_ski_resort_season_in_jeopardy.html

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