Shepard had run the Maine ski area since its rebirth in 2020.
Thursday, June 2, 2022, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
In a surprise Facebook post today, Saddleback CEO and General Manager Andy Shepard announced that he is stepping down from his role effective immediately.
In his message, Shepard stated that "It has become clear to me that although I have loved this job, and while my mind still has the passion, my body is no longer able to support me remaining in this position and I will be stepping down to focus on those things I can still do to be helpful at Saddleback."
Currently in his mid-60s, Shepard was named the prospective head of Saddleback by Arctaris Impact Fund when it announced its acquisition of the then-defunct resort in 2019. The deal was completed in early 2020. Under Arctaris and Shepard, Saddleback reopened for the 2020-21 season featuring a new high speed quad chairlift and renovated base lodge. A new T-Bar was added for the 2021-22 season, while a new fixed grip quad and upper mountain lodge are under construction for the upcoming winter.
Prior to his time at Saddleback, Shepard managed the Outdoor Sport Institute and the Maine Winter Sports Center, the latter organization operating Big Rock, Black Mountain, and Quoggy Jo ski areas.