RANGELEY — Maine’s Saddleback ski area is offering discounted lift tickets to state employees on upcoming furlough days when they are given unpaid days off to help balance the state budget.

Saddleback says state employees can purchase lift tickets for $29 by showing their state worker IDs on Dec. 23, Jan. 24 and March 18. The ski area in Rangeley is also offering discounted rental packages and lessons to furloughed workers.

The state has six more shutdown days through next summer as a cost-saving measure to help balance the budget.