The closure of Saddleback has been immeasurably damaging to the economy of Maine. Especially hard hit is the economy of Franklin County. Given Maine’s cyclic economy, winter workers at Saddleback filled needs elsewhere in the economy during the summer, which benefited all. That’s the background behind the determination of some business owners and citizens who recently announced a new campaign to get the sky resort reopened.
- Steve Philbrick, owner of Bald Mountain Camps in Rangeley, said that when the Saddleback Mountain ski resort closed, it was “devastating.”
- Franklin County and the Rangeley region lost between $15 million and $20 million in annual revenue, he said.
- The financial impact of the ski resort’s closing was felt in restaurants, retail shops, inns and motels in Rangeley — but also in Farmington, Wilton, Jay, Portland, Lewiston-Auburn, “everywhere people traveled to get to northern Franklin County,” Philbrick said.
“Franklin County and the Rangeley region lost between $15 million and $20 million in annual revenue, he said.”