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Saddleback ‘Needs’ $3M or Resort Won’t Open

Resort general manager says Saddleback needs the money in 2 weeks to secure its future.

The folks at Saddleback ski area in Rangeley, Maine announced that unless the resort receives $3 million to fund a new lift, it won’t open for the 2015-16 ski season.

The resort’s General Manager Chris Farmer says the push for a new lift, which would replace the 1964-built Rangeley Double Chair, is crucial to the mountain’s future. However, Farmer says the current chair is still safe and fully operational—just not the most ideal ride to the top.

Taken for a Ride

Taken for a Ride | Remembering old ski trips.
Taken for a Ride | Remembering old ski trips. (Illustration: Matt Wood)
It meant eight hours on the road to get seven hours on the hill.

One night when I was 12 years old my father walked into my room, shook me awake, and said it was time. It was 4:30 a.m. The bus would be leaving soon. I dressed myself quietly in the dark, grabbed my rental skis, and followed him into the damp mid-Atlantic night.

We lived in the small town of Salisbury, Md., which is so flat that
the biggest hill is an overpass. It rarely snowed. As a result, I had so little idea of what skiing was about that I can still recall my father explaining this exotic sport to me in our den. I was 10.

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