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Saddleback Mountain Voted Down East magazine Readers’ Choice for "Best Ski Mountain" in Maine

RANGELEY, ME. (Sept 7, 2022) – The votes are in and Saddleback Mountain has been named the 2022 Readers’ Choice for “Best Ski Mountain” in Maine by Down East magazine. The September issue of Down East magazine covers everything from playing outdoors to eating and shopping.

Saddleback Voted Best Ski Mountain in Maine by Down East​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Winners of the “Best of Maine” awards are selected for one of two categories: the Readers’ Choice or the Editors’ Choice. Ideas for the annual Editors’ Choice Best of Maine Down East are collected throughout the year as the magazine’s editors and contributors travel the state. The Readers’ Choice nominees are identified and voted on by thousands of Down East readers each year. Individual categories include Food & Drink, Shopping & Lifestyle, Travel & Play, Arts & Culture, and Home & Garden.

Located in beautiful Rangeley, in the heart of the Western Maine High Peaks region, Saddleback Mountain opened in 1960 and has grown its reputation for exceptional snow, some of the best terrain in the East, and friendly, laid-back culture. At 4,120 feet of elevation and 2,000 feet of vertical, Saddleback is Maine’s third-largest mountain and the largest independently owned ski resort in the East. Its base lodge elevation of 2,460’ is the highest in the East. Just below the mountain is the iconic village of Rangeley, which is the gateway to Rangeley Lake, Mooselookmeguntic, and Richardson Lakes.

Since re-opening in 2020, Saddleback has invested millions of dollars in mountain improvements, including new lift and snowmaking infrastructure, a renovated base lodge, a new Mid Mountain Lodge, slope-side employee housing, more on-mountain lodging, mountain bike trails, and a solar farm. With construction projects in full swing and snowmaking improvements underway, Saddleback is actively preparing for the 2022/2023 winter season and plans to open in early December 2022.

“It is an honor knowing Down East readers chose Saddleback for the Best Ski Mountain, but it’s not a surprise,” said Jim Quimby, Saddleback’s General Manager. “Many people may think of us as the underdog, but the Saddleback faithful who stood by us through the years know we’re making a comeback for generations to come. We reopened bigger and better. We are committed to defying the resort norm every day and giving skiers and riders a better experience. Thank you to our loyal friends and fans, and for those of you who haven’t visited us yet, know that you’re always welcome at Saddleback.”

The full list of “Best of Maine” winners appears in the September issue of Down East, on newsstands, and in the Down East Shop.

Bringing High-Speed Internet to Saddleback Mountain

(August 29, 2022) Rangeley, ME – Saddleback Mountain is excited to announce that broadband wireless internet is now available to homeowners on the mountain. Saddleback has teamed with locally based “Saddleback Technology”, an internet solutions provider, to bring Trail Runner broadband internet to the region.

“Reliability and speed have always been an issue in the past,” says Frank Murphy, CEO of SBT. “This partnership will provide a reliable internet connection with the latest technology. For those of us that live on or around Saddleback Mountain and have experienced a loss of internet connectivity, welcome to SBT. What started as an effort to get our own internet service installed has led to the creation of the first broadband Wi-Fi network to be made available to Saddleback Mountain residents and guests,” added Murphy.

Service will be made available starting in mid-August. Homeowners are encouraged to sign up. For additional information or to sign up, please visit this page.

Saddleback Maine Ski Resort / Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC announced Tuesday that Jimmy Quimby, Senior Vice President of Mountain Operations at Saddleback Mountain, has been promoted to General Manager

Jim Quimby, named new Saddleback GM

(June 22, 2022) Rangeley, ME – Saddleback Maine Ski Resort / Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC announced Tuesday that Jimmy Quimby, Senior Vice President of Mountain Operations at Saddleback Mountain, has been promoted to General Manager.  

After serving for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, Quimby’s career at Saddleback began in 1997 as a member of the volunteer ski patrol.  His role expanded in 2003 when he began managing the resort’s ski patrol and safety departments.  In 2006, Quimby shifted into the role of mountain manager before assuming several leadership positions within the mountain operations department.  Quimby’s most recent role as Senior Vice President of Operations, which he has held since early 2021, saw him focusing his efforts on the installation of the Rangeley Express Quad – the resort’s first high-speed chairlift – the Cupsuptic T-bar, and reopening the ski area after a 5-year closure.     

“Jimmy’s leadership role reflects his operational experience at Saddleback as well as his long, family tradition in the Saddleback community,” said Jonathan Tower, Managing Partner of Arctaris Impact Investors, the mountain’s owner.   “Jimmy has made such a positive imprint on Saddleback, just like his father and his grandfather did before.  It’s a perfect example of why Saddleback is not just another mountain,” added Tower.

Quimby, a lifelong resident of Rangeley, played a pivotal role in Saddleback’s rebirth and reopening, working closely with Arctaris and the development team after a 5-year shutdown from 2015 to 2020.  Working at Saddleback has been a family tradition for Jimmy and the Quimby family.  Quimby’s father, Richard “Doc” Quimby, worked for the mountain from the 1960s – 1980s, installing the prior “Rangeley Double” chair.  Quimby’s mother, Judy, worked in the Saddleback’s food & beverage department in the 1970s.      

Quimby’s immediate focus is to continue working closely with the Saddleback team to improve the resort’s snowmaking capacity, add employee housing, and increase skier visits, while also helping to drive the resort’s long-term master development plan.   “Ultimately, my primary focus and responsibility are to the staff and community.  Saddleback is more than a business,” said Quimby. “Saddleback is our life and dream.  The guests and our community are our family.”

Saddleback Purchases AJ’s Cycles and Will Operate as the Saddleback Bike Shop This Summer

(June 8, 2022) Rangeley, Maine – Saddleback Ski Resort has acquired the bike shop repair and tuning equipment from the former AJ’s Cycles in Rangeley, Maine. Saddleback has hired a full-time bike mechanic and will offer full-service bike shop repairs, tuning, rentals, and instruction from the base lodge.

This is the next step in Saddleback’s initiatives to build out a full-scope mountain biking operation. The resort opened its first section of single-track, downhill trails in fall 2021 and will be adding lift-serviced mountain biking from the South Branch Quad later this summer.

Andrew “AJ” Ash opened AJ’s Cycles in 2015 and worked to offer year-round biking options from mountain bike rentals in the summer to fat bikes for winter cyclists. AJ was pivotal in helping the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Lakes Trail Center start grooming new winter trails for fat biking. He also helped build a bike park in downtown Rangeley and lead countless free clinics to help introduce kids to the sport.

“We are excited about the new bike shop and looking forward to riding on the mountain with everyone,” said Andrew “AJ” Ash.

“Purchasing the bike shop equipment from AJs has given us the opportunity to offer a full-service business model,” added Jared Emerson, mountain operations manager at Saddleback. “We’re grateful for Scott and AJ’s help in making the transition smooth and for all of their support as we build this business.”

The Saddleback bike shop and trails will be open soon. Please stay tuned to our website and @saddlebackmaine on social for updates. Call the mountain at 207-864-5671 Ex. 139 for questions.