Frustration finally turned into hope last fall in Rangeley, Maine, when Arctaris Impact Fund, a Boston-based impact investment firm, purchased Saddleback Mountain, the town’s primary source of employment, and one that had been dormant for a half-decade.
One year later, Saddleback is preparing to open for the first time in five years, generating a wealth of excitement and opportunity in the Rangeley area. New England Ski Journal caught up with the ski area’s general manager, Andy Shepard, as Maine prepares for a new dawn at Saddleback this winter.
New England Ski Journal: It’s now been almost a year since Arctaris Impact Fund purchased the mountain. How excited are you to finally turn this dream into a realty when you open this winter?
Andy Shepard: I’ve been involved in trying to get Saddleback opened for a long time, a little over five years now. I’m in the middle of the process right now with all the challenges still ahead of us, but I would say it’s been an enormous amount of relief and gratitude.