New Chapter in Powder Ridge Saga

Middlefield's Board of Selectmen voted to buy the bankrupt Powder Ridge ski area.

Town officials said they hope to find a partner to revive the ski area. The vote Tuesday night was unanimous to buy all 246 acres of the site from Middlefield Holdings LLC for $2.25 million.

The town will also lease back to Middlefield Holdings, for a nominal $1 per year, the 113 acres that comprise the ski area itself. The lease will run no longer than four years.

The town was outbid by Middlefield Holdings in a public foreclosure auction in June.

Powder Ridge opened in 1960, but closed down its skiing operation two years ago.

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