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Archive: January 1, 2010 - January 31, 2010

A Fabulous Weekend Ahead!

We are all excited at Saddleback, as we are heading into what should be a great weekend of skiing & riding! Last week's big snow put the mountain into near full operation. Each day this week, we have picked up small amounts of snow which has freshened surfaces for each morning. We expect another freshening tonight as we should see more light snow. Snow surfaces do not get better than what we have to offer right now! The forecast looks tranquil, with sunshine and calm winds expected for both Saturday & Sunday. Snowmaking is just getting fired up on Tight Line and America. We will have those two trails closed while we load them up with a deep base of snow. The glades are skiing… Read More >>

A Wonderful Day at Saddleback

Yesterday was my day off, but I could not stay away from the mountain. After receiving 34 to 44 inches of snow over the weekend, why would I want to stay away! My wife, Lisa has been skiing almost every day and she knows the mountain better than I do (remember, this is my first season at Saddleback). So, the plan was to be incognito, act as a customer and let Lisa give me a tour of the parts of the mountain that she has learned.

We had an easy morning and did not arrive until 9:30 or so. We dropped the equipment off at the drop off circle and parked in the customer lot. We got onto the Rangeley Chair without being noticed, its funny how not having a uniform, with helmet &… Read More >>

Weekend Events

It is late Tuesday afternoon and I have yet to write our blog, too many meetings on Tuesdays! We have a very exciting weekend of events to share with you.

On Saturday we are hosting the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge on the Silver Doctor. This is a fun race and can involve everyone in the family. This is a free event with lots of prizes and give-a-ways! There are many different age categories and team pairings. Those that qualify will be eligible to advance to the finals, to be held at Loon March 27th. Bring your family and your friends because this race is for everyone.

Saturday at the Swig'n Smelt Pub, we will have some apr'es ski entertainment provided… Read More >>

More on Casablanca

The snow finally ended here late last night, but not before depositing another 10 to 12 inches Sunday & Sunday night. Although, it is hard to keep track of the totals, it adds to 44 or 46 inches since it all began last Thursday night. We now have our base, winter has officially begun at Saddleback!

All this snow has enabled most of the terrain to be open, including Casablanca. Now that Casablanca has been open for a day and a half, we are beginning to hear the customer reviews. They are absolutely amazing. One skier was heard to say that "he could not believe that that glade is on this mountain, it's the best terrain that he had skied anywhere in the East!" Wow! From… Read More >>

Big Snow, Early Lift Opening & Casablanca!

The weather folks from both channel 13 & channel 6 were spot on with their forecasting of this most recent weather event. That big system did in fact pull back out of the Gulf of Maine and moved inland. The storm trough pulled directly over Saddleback and it dumped! Best estimate is 24 to 30 inches overnight which brings the snowfall total since Thursday to 34 to 42 inches! We were able to get 64 trails open by mid-morning.

Today was our first skiing with the management day. Today, and every Sunday going forward, we open the Rangeley lift at 7:30 AM. The Saddleback management team is there to welcome guests and invite them for a few runs together. This mornings turn out was… Read More >>

Ski With The Management, Maine Day & Tons Of Snow!

Have you ever wanted to be at a resort on a powder day and have the opportunity to board the lift early, before anyone else has touched the new snow, to have first tracks? You can do that tomorrow at Saddleback! Sundays throughout the season, we invite guests to ski with members of the Saddleback management team. Tomorrow, we will crank up the Rangeley double at 7:30 AM (One hour prior to opening) and a few of us will guide guests who are there prior to the 7:30 start. With the forecast of a foot or more new snow tonight, I am certain that our first tracks will be powder tracks. I hope that you can join us.

Here is the latest storm update as we see it. Since… Read More >>

New Year's Weekend Storm Update & Other Tid Bits

It has been a wonderful New Year's Day of skiing at Saddleback. I was able to join my wife Lisa for a full morning of skiing. We had been blessed with 4 inches of snow overnight, so the surfaces were a lovely powder to start. On our fourth run, we ran into Brammie & Warren Cook and we skied the Royal Coachman together. The snow was a nice packed powder with some piles of soft powder to blow through. Light snow has been falling all day and we have picked up an additional 1 to 2 inches during the day.

More news on the storm, light snow is expected to become a moderate snowfall throughout the night. The forecasters are saying another 6 to 10 inches of accumulation by morning.… Read More >>

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