Saddleback Surprise: Cook new honcho

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The announcement just landed in my inbox. Warren Cook, the former prez and co-owner at Sugarlaof who resigned from the mice lab after allegations of resume enhancements, is taking over the reigns at Saddleback. He replaces GM Tom McCallister, who’s been in the position for 31 years.

Cook is well respected in western Maine, where’s he’s big booster of local causes. He’s known for telling it like it is. When Sugarloaf celebrated its 50th anniversary, at the big bash, he announced: “I sold this area to the two biggest a**&()#@ in the ski industry,” referring to Pres Smith of SKI, then Les Otten of ASC. And he’s considered my most to be an all-around good guy. He really had no reason to embellish his resume, and why he did so remains a mystery.

Saddleback is getting a strong leader in Cook. Another step forward for the ski area, one that still remains quite a sleeper. (hint: great choice for value-conscious or budget-minded skiers and riders)