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Archive: March 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010

A Fun & Festive weekend at Saddleback!

Welcome to the first official day of spring! It sure felt like spring too - lots of sun and very warm temperatures and spring-like conditions. We had a race on Grey Ghost and the Telemark Invasion event. There were BBQ’s on the deck and at the Yurt. Saddleback was very festive today, to say the least. We still have our après ski entertainment followed by a concert tonight. If you are in the area, the band Pogey is performing. Tickets are only $20 each and you can buy them at the door. This fabulous Irish rock band is very entertaining.

But don’t get to use to this weather - it's about to change. Late tomorrow we have a cold front moving in to the… Read More >>

A Spring Skiing Smorgasbord at Saddleback This Weekend!

Spring skiing can be very engaging as we get to experience a wide diversity of skiing surfaces. Generally we start the day on groomed granular and end with variable surfaces. Each surface has its own challenge and we skiers need to be able to adapt to each condition. I have always been amused that we refer to many of these surfaces as food, or as I have always joked, that all of the major food groups are represented during spring skiing.  Packed powder can change to butter or cream cheese, there is sugar snow, we have mashed potato when things get very warm and once in awhile the dreaded death cookies. My absolute favorite food group in the spring is corn snow. To get good corn, you… Read More >>

Plenty of Snow & Great Spring Skiing at Saddleback!

The calendar may not have us as officially spring, but the weather and skiing is defiantly spring! We totally missed the last rain event that the southern and coastal Maine areas experienced. Lisa and I skied almost all day yesterday and I got a good look at the mountain. The snowpack is deep and even the natural snow trails have very good cover. If you like moguls, you can find them all over the place. For steep bumps, check out Wardens Worry, Frostbite, Back Beauty and the top of Golden Smelt. If you want to experience not so steep bumps, try Parmachenee Belle or the machine made bumps on Tight Line. Nightly grooming operations are keeping most major cruising trails smooth and soft. The… Read More >>

Another Great Stretch of Spring Skiing Lies Ahead All This Week at Saddleback!

I had the good fortune today to be obligated to tour a writer and his wife around the mountain on skis. I can think of a lot of worse things to do at work, especially on a day like today with wall to wall sunshine, no wind and amazing temperatures in the 40’s. We started with Red Devil and just worked our way across the mountain until we got to Tight Line. Then we finished with a delightful run down America and finished where we started with Red Devil.  Monday night’s temperatures dropped enough that the snow had firmed up overnight but all of the groomed trails skied very well with a fine groomed granular surface. Despite the mild temperatures and the bright sunshine… Read More >>

Saddleback's Swig'n Smelt Pub A Must Do Lunch Spot

Today was another frustrating start with left over gusty winds from last night. It was a late and staggered opening, as we had to re-groom trails before opening lifts. We finally got the T-bar and two chairs going and the terrain that they serve is now in very good shape. The skies have cleared off and the winds have now dropped off, so we should good to go on all lifts tomorrow. The sun will shine for the next six or seven days. This will be a great week for skiing Saddleback!

When we don’t like the weather, our thoughts turn to good food and beverages. It’s been almost four months now that Saddleback has been open for ski season.  And four months that the Swig… Read More >>

Mother Nature Can Be so Cruel - Nice One Day and Miserable the Next!

Mother Nature can be so cruel; nice one day and miserable the next! During my 4:15 AM briefing with Jared Emerson, he warned me that the east wind was picking up and it could become an issue. I inserted that comment in the early morning snow reports at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival to the base area at 6:40 AM, it was apparent to me that the 7:30 ski with management was not going to happen. The wind was honking a good 40 to 50 mph from the east. The east wind is the direction that negatively affects our lifts. (Fortunately, an east wind is NOT our prevailing wind)  At 7:00 AM I updated all of the reports to reflect the increased wind velocity and stated that lifts would be on wind hold.… Read More >>

Skiers & Riders are Great Weather Watchers!

Skiers and riders seem to be great weather watchers. And we need to be so bad forecasts from the coastal cities don't influence decisions that need to be based on mountain forecasts.  After all, we don't to miss a good day on the slopes. I was a bit worried about all of the doom and gloom forecasts throughout the week that skiers would not show up today. I am delighted to say that was not the case and we have a very robust day underway with close to 2,000 skiers & riders enjoying a mostly sunny Saddleback with an all-out BBQ on the deck. We had pretty good indications by Thursday that the coastal storm now underway in the Northeast would remain south of here. So far, it has. We… Read More >>

What a Great Week For Skiing at Saddleback!

I am back from a couple of days in Vermont. We had a good time with friends and had some good skiing too. However, the snow surfaces are much better at Saddleback! What a great week of skiing! If you have been out on the mountain any day during this past week, you know what I mean. We have had tons of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 30’s at the base. Despite the mild temperatures, the combination of very dry air and cooler temperatures at the high elevations has maintained a packed powder surface on most of the mountain. Only around the base area has the snow turned to more spring-like condition of loose and wet granular. Nighttime temperatures dipping into the teens and… Read More >>

Weekend Events to Look Forward To at Saddleback

My wife, Lisa was out skiing this morning and ran into a nice family enjoying their first day ever at Saddleback. They seemed very delighted to have discovered Saddleback and like the resort very much. They live in Sherbrooke, Quebec and were influenced by our TV campaign on TVA, a Sherbrooke TV Station. In fact, this is just one example of many Canadians whom have discovered Saddleback this winter. We have targeted Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as emerging markets and have experimented with some targeted advertising there. From observing car plates, it seems to be working. We have also hosted a couple of Canadian groups in our ski in & ski out condos. Both will return next… Read More >>

A New Midweek One Night Two Day Ski & Stay Package Unveiled

The weather people blew the forecast today, calling for overcast with the chance of flurries. Instead, it was sunny with base temps near 38 degrees. The summit temperatures remain much cooler in the 20’s and that continues to keep the snow cold and dry. We will see a clear cold night and another sunny day for Tuesday. In fact, all of this week should be nice and this would be a great week to play hooky and ski Saddleback!

We have had a great success with our new 2 for 1 Wednesdays and have decided to sweeten the deal with a one night lodging offer with two days of skiing.  Now you will be able to stay in a ski-in & ski-out condo either Tuesday night… Read More >>

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