Check out their web cam. It may be the only thing operating there. Good Lord, I'd be up there in a heartbeat given that picture.
Just more rumors.
I heard a rumor that the Berrys recently made a concession on their earlier hard line about not selling much extra real estate with the deal. Allegedly that concession has made the front-running buyer take a renewed interest. (They're not going to make money just selling lift tickets and hot dogs, is the supposition.) It's also alleged that this potential buyer has big plans for development a la Jay / Burke. I reiterate: all rumor. Still a mystery as to why all the mystery.
On the up side for the area, if they DO open, other areas won't have as big a head start on them as they might have had in a colder / snowier December.
Also reported here:
“Our prospective new owner and the Berry Family feel confident that we will complete a transaction – opening by late January,” resort officials posted to Saddleback’s web page, without providing further detail. ...
Do you suppose Saddleback's financial troubles stem mostly due to its beautiful, but remote location? Hard to draw sufficient customers? No big money-making real estate village at base? It reminds me a little of Wildcat in that respect. Excellent terrain, gorgeous scenery, pristine environment, yet both struggle to make ends meet by "only" offering a wonderful ski product?
No, no, and maybe; here is my 2 cents.
I have skied Saddleback a long time - one of the best places I have skied, and the backside is crazy steep. (1) Lift capacity, unlike Sugarloaf, Le Massif, Mont St Anne, and Sunday River, Saddleback has that really really slow and small double chair that covers the most important part of the mountain when it comes to most skiers. Families have to break up on the double chair and they spend a lot of time sitting on the double chair instead of skiing. The lodge is fantastic, the bakery great, and bar/restaurant upstairs is excellent. The ski in/ski out all over the mountain is really good. The lack of village in my opinion stems from smaller crowds which goes back to the double chair that really is in the wrong part of the mountain.
No new news, just reflections on the season that wasn't in an early June article.
Rangeley reflects on a winter without Saddleback
Everyone from business owners to workers to skiers from away felt the impact of the ski resort not opening this winter, which was made worse by a lack of snow that kept snowmobilers away.
There have been similar efforts in Maine: Black Mountain Maine, Squaw in Greenville. Neither of these were looking to acquire ownership and both were on a much smaller scale.
The odds here are very long. At some point the assets outweigh the whole.
I understand home owners and businesses are scrambling, but to put out a survey asking for contact information and the amount you would be willing to donate prior to doing the paperwork is not an auspicious start.
New owner group for Saddleback. Hopefully, they get it reopened for this winter. Power to the people!
additional info. from the Saddleback facebook page:
Saddlebackers, many of you by now have seen the Saddleback Mountain Foundation's announcement of their initiative to raise monies for the purchase of the mountain. We wish them well with their efforts. We continue to work with the Saddleback Mountain Foundation, in addition to the other qualified buyers who are also in the process of pursuing the purchase of the resort. When the trail is clear we will update you.