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Archive: January 1, 2010 - January 31, 2010

A Pleasant Surprise!

We are just wrapping up another successful weekend of skiing and riding. It was not as busy as we had hoped, it is difficult to compete with the weathermen who have been scaring the public about cold temperatures for the weekend. The other factor that worked against us was the negative perception of conditions following last Monday's weather event. I have talked with a lot of our customers during the past two days and the common theme was how pleasantly surprised they were to have the quality snow surfaces that we have. Despite the cold temperatures, we made a lot of people happy this weekend.

Today we hosted a MARA J3, 4, & 5 Giant Slalom race on the Grey Ghost. What is… Read More >>

The Park Gets Shaped & Groomed

We have been blogging the last few days about the transformation of the ski conditions on the trails and glades but have not discussed the park.Yesterday afternoon the park was reshape and groomed and it is in fantastic condition. We now have 14 elements including a new Saddleback half wall which is shown in the photo. The wall will open tomorrow after it sets in place for another night. As you can see, riders are enjoying the uprail next to the wall. Other elements include 3 huge jumps, up rail, a flat down rail, a double barrel rail and two flat boxes.

If you didn't ski today, you are missing a beauty. The winds from last night have diminished, we have wall to wall sunshine… Read More >>

Ready For The Weekend

If you have read our blog from yesterday, you already know how the crews have performed getting Saddleback in shape for the weekend. I will give you an update. We had another excellent night for snowmaking on Silver Doctor, Blue Devil, Jitterbug and upper Hudson Highway. The photo is of Silver Doctor yesterday morning. Snowmaking has moved off of these trails and tonight the groomers will push the snow into place and put a corduroy finish on them by opening time tomorrow. Snowmaking has now set up on Red Devil and will remain there for a day or two. It may be just a day as these temperatures will provide ideal conditions for producing a lot of snow in a very short time.

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Kudo's to the Saddleback Snowmaking & Grooming Team!

Today was my day to take the photo of the day for this website. It was also an opportunity to get around the mountain to see how we were doing with the recovery from Monday's weather event. What I experienced was very impressive! The snowmaking & grooming teams have done an incredible job and the skiing was very good. Royal Coachman was a corduroy carpet including the steeps that are usually left to be natural. Lots of the natural snow trails such as lower Professor, lower Jane Craig and lower Peachy's Peril were also groomed. Green Weaver was very nice and Supervisor and Tight Line were in excellent shape as both headwalls were groomed with a consistent surface all the way to the… Read More >>

The Recovery Is On!

Despite almost two inches of rain and very high gusty warm winds, the mountain came through it all in fairly good shape. Back when we were making snow, we made a decision not to "dust & run" with snowmaking, instead to stay put and lay it in deep. Fortunately, we did and the result is that we were able to come away with very good cover. You can see by today's photo that the coverage is there. Another thing that we did was not to get on the snow too soon with the groomers. We were patient and waited until 4:00 AM to begin any grooming efforts. This gave the snow time to drain and begin to set up with the colder temperatures. Grooming earlier would have created those awful "death… Read More >>

Good call for today

Yesterday's decision to not open today was the right call. Currently it is 40 degrees with heavy rain and gusty winds. There have also been some brief power outages. It would have been a miserable day to operate and upper lifts would have been on a wind hold.

We are going to shoot for operating tomorrow at 9:00 AM. Rain should change to snow and temperatures will drop below freezing later tonight. The groomers will try to get on the snow sometime after mid-night. They will focus on the major snowmaking trails in the South Branch area and major trails off of the Rangeley Double. Wednesday we will fire up snowmaking at the top of the Kennebago Quad and resurface Tight Line… Read More >>

A Tough Call For Monday

At 7:30 is morning, we met for our Sunday tradition of skiing with guests who are inclined to get to the lift an hour early to ski with management. The photo here is of today's group of about 30. It was a real cruising day as most trails had a nice corduroy finish. We skied Green Weaver, Royal Coachman and finished the program with a nice run down Red Devil. We finished making snow on Red Devil last week, so this was my first time there. The snow was excellent, the pitches were nice and it has a bit of double fall line which makes it a very fun trail to ski. When we began the session, skies were mostly cloudy and the forecast was for increasing clouds. Instead, skies cleared and we scored… Read More >>

Another Day In Paradise

Sunshine, blue sky, no wind and great snow! Just another day in paradise at Saddleback Maine. The grooming was very extensive overnight as most major trails were groomed. The winch also groomed the headwalls of both Supervisor and Tight Line. Today's photo depicts the day well. That shot is of Bouf riding the snowfields on top of Saddleback.

Executive Director of Ski Maine, Greg Sweetser paid a visit to Saddleback today. He took advantage of this fine weather to get some scenic photos for future use by Ski Maine and possibly Maine Tourism. We had a good discussion about the state of Maine's ski business. All indications are that business is solid and that Maine skiers are… Read More >>

A Weekend Not To Miss!

I hate to keep harping on the same subject for the past three blogs, but really, you have to do whatever it takes to get to Saddleback this weekend! Today was the first day that we have seen blue sky and sunshine in 8 days and the Saddleback sights are spectacular. The "snow Ghosts" AKA conifers heavily encrusted with snow glistening from the bright sunshine is a spectacular sight to behold and alone makes the trip here worthwhile. The photo on this blog was shot this morning and will give you a great idea as to the beauty of Saddleback today. The forecast for tomorrow is identical and all those snow ghosts will be here to greet you at the summit.

Now let's talk about the…

A Day to Remember & A Weekend to Look Forward to!

I have just finished catching up on things that piled up yesterday during my day off. Now I can tell you about my wonderful ski day that I experienced.

I met up with an old high school classmate of mine and his son. My wife Lisa and I were going to give them the full tour of Saddleback. It was snowing lightly throughout the day, no wind and we had received 6 inches of snow overnight. Most of the snow had come after grooming so there was about 4 inches of fluff over groomed surfaces. Do I need to say how nice it was?

WOW! The first run down Grey Ghost was incredible! In fact, the second run which was down Royal Coachman was amazing too. My high school buddy failed to… Read More >>

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