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Archive: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010

Winter is Back at Saddleback!

I am breaking from tradition, and will post a quick blog here on my day off. I feel it necessary as I have just had one the most fun mornings off skiing here at Saddleback. I have not had a powder day in a while so it was a real treat when I found up to six inches of fresh powder snow on the mountain this morning. My early morning report was 2 to 3 inches at 4:30 AM. However snow intensified and we ended with 6. We still have some flurries but it should clear tonight and be a bluebird day for tomorrow.

The upper mountain was closed today, so we skied mostly off of the T-bar. The snow had some real body to it and although only 6 inches deep, it skied as though it was much… Read More >>

A Slap in the Face from Mother Nature!

Mother Nature can be so cruel, just a couple of degrees colder and we would be digging out from a major snow storm. Instead we are at 32 to 33 degrees at the base with a steady rain. It is miserable enough that we decided to stay off of the snow and let people stay dry and not run lifts today. The upper mountain is actually receiving a coating of ice. So we have lift maintenance there bumping the lift occasionally so as to prevent the lift from freezing up. They will likely be there baby sitting the lift until the precipitation changes to all snow late tonight.

The forecast calls for temperatures to gradually get colder and precipitation will turn to snow early Wednesday morning.… Read More >>

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Today I feel as though I am at Whistler- damp but not rainy with a low ceiling and mild at 38 degrees. For the few skiers who are here today, the skiing is amazing! If you read my blog a few days ago about the comparison of skiing surfaces to food, today the snow was like butter. Another description would be hero snow. It is soft but not heavy, forgiving, easy to turn on and even the steepest of steeps are effortless to edge and easy to ski.

Tomorrow should be much of the same except we do expect precipitation most of the day. It is not clear as to what form it will be. Our forecast is for a wintery mix. With a little luck we may remain mostly snow as elevation may become a… Read More >>

It May Seem Like Spring Where You Are, But Not at Saddleback!

It may seem like spring where you are, but it certainly does not feel like it today here at Saddleback. Snow started to fall this morning around 10:00 and it looks as though we will have snowy weather through at least Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. We may get enough accumulation that we could consider calling Tuesday or Wednesday a powder day! We shall see about that when the time comes. The weather forecasts are so negative and all the weather experts do is to talk about rain. Very few of the weathermen mention the elevation factor in their forecasts. The fact that our base is at 2500 feet and the summit is 4120 feet does make a huge difference in what falls from the sky. What is… Read More >>

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 >>

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