Maine ski resort may not open, leaving season pass holders in limbo

No one knows what’s going on up there at Saddleback.

This could be a real ski bummer.
This could be a real ski bummer. –Saddleback Resort

If you bought season passes this year to Saddleback resort, you might find yourself down both a place to ski and a couple thousand bucks, according to The Portland Press Herald.

In July, the Maine ski area announced that it would close if owners Bill and Irene Berry couldn’t come up with the $3 million needed to replace an old chairlift, The Press Herald reports. When the Berrys couldn’t get the money over the summer, they said that they were looking into selling the resort.

In a Facebook post on October 8, it looked like there was hope for salvaging the ski season:

We are in the midst of serious negotiations with a buyer that plans to open for the winter-hope to be up and running soon. Keep you posted as soon as we have more information!!!

Posted by SADDLEBACK MAINE on Thursday, October 8, 2015

But a month-and-a-half later, there have been no updates and ticket holders are still in the dark.

The Press Herald reports that many skiers who bought passes last spring to take advantage of early discounts are angry and frustrated that the resort hasn’t been more transparent, and that there’s seemingly no way to get their money back.

Saddleback, which typically opens mid-December, is the third-largest ski resort in Maine. If it doesn’t open this winter, it will affect not only those looking to shred some pow, but also the seasonal workers and business owners who depend on the influx of skiers to make their livelihoods.

Read the full Press Herald story here.

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