“Ultimately, my primary focus and responsibility are to the staff at Saddleback and to our local communities. Saddleback is more than a business to us. The mountain, the community, and the guests are all part of our family.”– Jim Quimby, General Manager of Saddleback Mountain.
A Saddleback legend was just inducted into the Maine Ski & Snowboard Hall Of Fame. Jim Quimby was inducted on November 5th at a ceremony located at the Sugarloaf base lodge. The other six inductees in the 2022 class included Scott Broomhall, Robert “Bud” Fisher, Meredith Elcome, Roxanne Nash-Marc, Peter Howard, and Russell Currier.
The Maine Ski & Snowboard Museum/Hall of Fame was established to recognize and celebrate individuals who have left a legendary mark on Maine’s skiing & snowboarding industry. The museum, which is located in Kingfield, is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jim first experienced Saddleback as a skier in the mid-1960s and has remained an active part of the community since then. After serving in the Air Force, he began to work on the mountain in 1998. Since then, he has worked in various roles at the Maine Ski Resort, with a focus on mountain operations.
When Saddleback was closed from 2015 through 2020, Jim was the caretaker of the property, facilities, and equipment. Without his work, it’s rapid reopening in December 2020 wouldn’t have been possible. After the reopening, he was promoted to the Senior Vice President of Mountain Operations. After Andy Sheppard stepped down as General Manager to focus on his health, Jim was promoted to General Manager.
This offseason, a lot of improvements have been going on at Saddleback. Some of their projects include a new chairlift next to the Wheeler terrain park (the Sandy Quad), the construction of an employee housing building, the completion of a new mid-mountain lodge, the repaving of their access road, snowmaking improvements, and more.