Saddleback to honor Christie, celebrate history of Maine skiing

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 24, 2009, at 12:55 a.m.

RANGELEY, Maine — Saddleback Maine will host John Christie Day on Jan. 31.

The day is set to honor Christie, a member of the Ski Museum of Maine’s Hall of Fame who is its past president and a founding member. He will also be honored for his contributions as an owner of Saddleback Mountain in the early 1970s.

Christie, 72, will speak about his time at Saddleback and his long association with skiing.

In addition, there will be an overall celebration of the history of skiing in Maine. Scott Andrews, a director at the Ski Museum, will conduct a fireside chat on the 140 years of skiing in the state. There will be a presentation by Saddleback CEO and General Manager Warren Cook.

Christie owned Saddleback from 1972 until 1975. He arrived at the mountain after serving as general manager at Sugarloaf and then as vice president and general manager of Mt. Snow in Vermont.

Under Christie’s leadership, Saddleback cut the trails now called Warden’s Worry, Tightline and Supervisor. He helped build the original 20 White Birch condominiums at Saddleback.

“John is a true skiing enthusiast,” said Roger Page, former general manager of Saddleback and founder of the ski school at Sugarloaf. “In fact I originally recommended him for the job of running Saddleback. He had the drive, the ideas and the follow-up skills to pull it off.”

Christie sold the property in 1975 but continues to ski every Friday with his son in the Farmington area.

Farmington Ski Club to celebrate

FARMINGTON — Farmington Ski Club will hold its 70th Anniversary Celebration on Jan. 31.

The event will take place at the Titcomb Mountain Lodge and begin with a beans and franks supper at 5 p.m., followed by historical skits and history recognition, and will finish with the band “Second Wind” playing from 8-11 p.m.

All past and present members are invited to attend this celebration.

There is no charge for this event for all past and present members. For more information on the 70th Anniversary Celebration, call Megan at (207) 491-5481.

Titcomb Mountain will not be open for night skiing on Jan. 31, closing to skiing and snowboarding at 4 p.m.

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