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Nestled in Rangeley Maine, Saddleback isn't just another small local mountain employing a few locals, Saddleback employs 300 people during the winter season, and is in the minds of many one of the greatest mountains on the east.
225" of snow grace the slopes, a bit more than other Maine mountains, although it sees abundant snow, it does not see abundant people. Therein lies the problem. What makes Saddleback great might also be its greatest downfall, it's a little too far north, a little too cold, the lifts a little too slow, but for those who show up, it immediately feels special.
Powderhounds from across the east come to Saddleback, because although it may not receive the most snow in New England, it certainly takes some time to get tracked out.
Many websites, newspapers, and the news are covering the fact that Saddleback may go out of business, but more is at risk than one local ski area. What is at play here is a group of people who have poured their hearts and souls into this place, trying to draw crowds and offering one of the best products one could imagine. In the second department, it is clear that they have not fallen short.
The most important thing that could be lost is what Saddleback offers to the locals; something extremely important to skiing. This is the loss of jobs and affordable skiing. Over the years elementary-high school students on the honor roll could get passes for $49-$149. College students of all intelligence levels $199. This could be lost, and shouldn't be lost.
#SaveSaddleback because damn, skiing for kids in Maine will not be the same without it.
Robert Frost put it best "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference". Saddleback is the road less traveled, but unfortunately this road needs about $3,000,000 or it'll be closed next year.
I'm pulling for Saddleback, because those of us who ski here, live here, work here we took the road less traveled by, and it's certainly going to be hard to go back.
Big thanks to Spencer and Paul of Maine Mountain Media for the photos and videos.