Saddleback, Rangeley Businesses See Success Since The Mountain's Reopening
For the first winter in five years, skiers and snowboarders are once again hitting the slopes at Saddleback Ski Area. The mountain officially reopened in mid-December, and businesses in the area are already seeing a boost in revenue.
"I believe we all can see a big boost, definitely a lot more people in the area," said Beth Haley Smith, co-owner of Furbish Brew House and Eats in downtown Rangeley.
Haley Smith and other business owners say they too have seen a surge in winter businesses since the mountain reopened. That's welcome news as well to small-town businesses greatly impacted by revenue losses connected to the pandemic.
"A big blend of business, and a lot different than last winter," said Haley Smith. "Because last winter we solely on snowmobilers, and now it's a mix, so it's great to have them both here giving us businesses in our small town."