OQUOSSOC – John Cannizzaro, planning and development manager at Saddleback, shared his knowledge of what’s happening at the mountain with members and friends of Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association at the final meeting of the winter.

Cannizzaro affirmed that the 8,087 acres now comprising the mountain will be dedicated to providing an affordable family wilderness experience. He explained changes in the snow-making operation now capable of covering 80 percent of the trails and its new water source, Saddleback Lake.

Members were reassured that moderate growth will be the key to work deferred since the ’80s as well as construction of the new facilities. Looking ahead, Cannizzaro described plans for condominiums as well as town houses and a time-share hotel, all of which will be constructed with an eye to enabling an affordable place for family skiing.

There will be no April meeting, but the group will meet May 19. A 5:30 potluck meal will begin that meeting. Speakers Marcia and Rick Baker will “take us to the Amazon,” having recently returned from a medical mission to that part of the world. Everyone is invited to share an entree, salad or dessert at the guides’ clubhouse on Old Skiway Road.

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