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    Snowmobile trail to Saddleback Mountain may be riders’ future - Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer | of | Share this photo

    Steve Waugh of Mexico fills his snowmobile with gas at Loony Bin Variety on Main St. in Rangeley. The area is one of the biggest and most popular snowmobile destinations in the state.

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    Saddleback Mountain is currently closed but the group trying to buy ski area has promised to build snowmobile trails to the mountain.

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    Steve Hogan of Waterford, Conn., rides off on his snowmobile after getting gas at Loony Bin Variety.

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    Downtown Rangeley could be busier next winter if a sale of Saddleback Mountain is completed.

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    Snowmobiler riders make their way into the village of Oquossoc in the town of Rangeley.

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    Samuel, left, and Robert Atkinson of Windham get ready to head out on the trails in Oquossoc.

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    A chairlift sits motionless at Saddleback Mountain as the snow comes down in late December.

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    Koob's Garage in Oquossoc is a popular spot for gassing up for snowmobilers out riding the trails near Rangeley.

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    A snowmobiler makes his way into the village of Oquossoc. The foundation that hopes to buy Saddleback Mountain wrote in a newsletter: "We would like to create an operations center below the Royal Tiger run or South Branch lift, offering snowmobile access."

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    Rangeley Lake is a big draw for visitors in summer while snowmobilers and skiers have come for the trails during winter.

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