Saddleback says fundraising for new chair lift fell short, resort is now for sale

The popular Saddleback ski area says it has fallen short on fundraising for a new chairlift but that there may be a buyer to save the upcoming season.

Owner Mark Berry said previously that the resort would close if it could not replace a 51-year-old double chairlift with a faster, modern four-person lift.

The resort used Facebook to report that fundraising fell short but said there has been "significant interest" by several parties in purchasing of the resort.

The Sun Journal ( ) reports that options include a potential buyer who'd upgrade the lift before the winter season; another who'd close the resort and install the lift in the spring; and two who'd continue the status quo and make improvements next summer. The resort said all discussions are confidential.


Information from: Sun-Journal,