The Saddleback turnaround has been impressive. In January of 2020, the mountain was bought by the Arctaris Impact Fund after being closed for nearly five years. Now, the ski area has been revitalized thanks to an impressive amount of additions last season. This fall will feature the completion of various projects and the opening of a much-anticipated mountain bike park.
The big news came yesterday, as Saddleback announced that they’ll be opening up their new South Branch mountain biking trails on October 2nd during their Fall Fest. Construction went smoothly over the summer and gives bikers about a month to hit up the trails before ski season starts. Bravo to Saddleback for completing these projects in a short time and getting them open to the public before their second ski season reopening.
Two new lifts are currently being constructed at the resort, and are nearing completion. A new Dopplemeyer T-Bar, called the Cupsuctic, is replacing their prior t-bar that was before the closure of the mountain. All the Cupsuctic T-Bar towers have been placed, and the haul rope was spliced last week. All that remains is the placement of the actual T-Bars on the lift. A new magic carpet over in the beginner area is nearing completion as well.
Other projects include the construction of the Mid-Mountain Lodge, building various townhouses, a solar farm, more base lodge dining options, added parking, new guest shuttles, and snowmaking and grooming upgrades. Shoutout to the new owners, Arctaris Impact Fund for putting a massive amount of money towards making this one of the best ski resorts in New England!
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