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Saddleback 2015-16 Season Announcement Delayed
Saddleback 2015-16 Season Announcement Delayed
Sale negotiations are reportedly ongoing.
Friday, October 9, 2015, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Another announcement deadline has passed in the Saddleback saga, however according to a Facebook post from the ski area on Thursday, the owners are "in the midst of serious negotiations with a buyer that plans to open for the winter." The resort previously said it would announce a decision during the first week of October, so that guests and passholders had time to make plans elsewhere in the event the area did not open.

The latest saga started on July 20, 2015, when the Berry family announced they had two weeks to place an order for a replacement for the Rangeley double chairlift, or else it would close the ski area. The family was unable to obtain financing.

The creation of a business entity often predates final negotiations.
As of October 8, no new Saddleback-named business entities have been formed in the State of Maine.

Ownership Background
Heirs to a large insurance company, Bill and Irene Berry purchased the Rangeley ski area and thousands of acres surrounding it for a reported $8 million in 2003, following an announcement from prior owner Donald Breen that it would close. Two new quad chairlifts were installed in subsequent years in conjunction with a major base lodge expansion. The Oquossoc Cove Marina was added to the fold in 2009.

After obtaining is B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 1955, M.S.T. in biology-geology from Colby College in 1966, and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Kansas in 1970, Archie "Bill" Berry Jr. joined the faculty of the University of Maine at Farmington. A longtime Saddleback skier, Berry purchased a condo near the ski area in the early 1990s and retired from UMF in 1996. Berry's son Mark worked at Sugarloaf and ran Titcomb Mountain ski area (to which Bill Berry made significant contributions).

In 1971, the U.S. Investment Corporation was founded, which would include Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Company and US Underwriters Insurance Company. On August 8, 2000, Berkshire Hathaway acquired the U.S. Investment Corporation for an estimated $160 million in stock, mainly transferred to the extended Berry family.

On July 28, 2003, Saddleback, Inc. and Saddleback Land & Timber Corp. were incorporated in the State of Maine. Bill Berry, his wife Irene Berry, and their seven children soon took ownership of the 8,000 acre Saddleback tract via their corporations.

Since 2005, Saddleback has entered into multi-million dollar financing agreements with UnitedKinfield Bank, Camden National Bank, Skowhegan Savings Bank (via Finance Authority of Maine), and Coastal Enterprises Inc.

The Berry family placed the ski area on the market in 2012.

In recent years, members of the Berry family have loaned money to both corporations.

In May 2014, the Berrys sold 1,750 acres of land to generate funds.

Rangeley Double Bottom Terminal (2007)
Rangeley Double Bottom Terminal (2007)

Rangeley Double (2012)
Rangeley Double (2012)

Saddleback in 2014




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  • Saddleback Mountain Resort on NewEnglandSkiHistory.com


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