Ski industry experts voice concerns if Saddleback remains idle

In the year since owners of Saddleback Mountain announced they might be forced to close the ski area outside Rangeley, two things are clear:

Nobody knows when or if Saddleback will reopen. And the longer it sits idle, the harder it will be to rebuild the business.

When it's operating, Saddleback Mountain has the highest base elevation of any New England ski area, but it was closed last winter and its future remains uncertain.When it's operating, Saddleback Mountain has the highest base elevation of any New England ski area, but it was closed last winter and its future remains uncertain.


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The owners, Bill and Irene Berry of Farmington, announced on July 20, 2015, that unless they could secure $3 million for a new chairlift, they would be forced to close Saddleback. The Berrys failed to get

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