There will be breaks in my teaching schedule at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, and during one of them, I'll be at Saddleback. Please let me know when there will be a gathering at Saddleback - I just love the vibe there!
I don't buy that. He's been trying to sell that place for at least a few years. If he shuts it down for a season, he'll take a worse bath than if he keeps it open and eats any losses. I don't believe he's about to shut down for lack of that money. Also, I've been in touch with people up there, and it seems that he may have some people/companies who may team up to do something - one theory is that they'll put in the new lift now, and the other is that they'll buy it now and put in the new lift after the season. I don't think that the new lift would necessarily change the financial viability of the place. If I were a Mainiac, I'd be pushing to form a cooperative to own and run the place, as Mad River Glen in Vermont has done. I'm expecting to ski there this coming season - but if not, I'll just stay at Smuggs and taste MRG and surrounding areas.