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Archive: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010

PEAK Day At Saddleback!

Today was PEAK Day at Saddleback and was it ever fun! PEAK stands for Promoting Education & Activities for Kids. Simply put, any Maine student up through 12th grade who makes the honor roll may purchase a Saddleback seasons pass for $49. We announced the program in September with Governor Baldacci and Survivor winner Bob Crowley. Since that time we have had close to 2,000 passes sold to honor roll students. Today was a day to celebrate their success!

Over 200 honor kids showed up to sign up for a raffle to win skis or a snowboard. They had a great day for skiing and riding. At 2:00 PM Survivor Bob Crowley was introduced to the kids on the sun deck and he spoke and… Read More >>

The Skiing Weatherman At Saddleback Aired Last Night In 33 US Markets

If you recall Monday’s blog, we spoke of our visit from the skiing weatherman, Herb Stevens. He was producing this week’s ski report at Saddleback. The ski report aired throughout the United States in 33 markets last night. I must say that it came out very well. Here is a link to view it. Remember this was shot Monday after we had received a bit of snow overnight. http://snocountry.com/index.php/videos.html?task=videodirectlink&id=56

So, as you could see from the clip, we have very good coverage and we are ready for the weekend. The headwalls of Tight Line and Supervisor will… Read More >>

A Promising Weekend Ahead

It looks to be a promising weekend ahead with lots of things to see and do at Saddleback and in Rangeley. First, the weather outlook is fantastic with good temperatures, sunshine and calm winds. The snow surfaces are groomed and ready and even the steep headwalls of Supervisor and Tight Line will be in the best possible shape. Even our local weather people are announcing that "this is a weekend to get outside and play". 

This will be a very active weekend for the Rangeley area. Saturday is PEAK Day, a day for honor roll students with Saddleback PEAK Passes to get together for a group photo and camaraderie. Bob Crowley, of survivor fame, will be here as well. Bob was our… Read More >>

Snowmaking Moves To Tight Line

Late yesterday the snowmaking crew fired up the guns on Supervisor, Artula & Firefly. The cold temperatures and the diminished winds allowed the snowmaking crew to put down huge amounts of snow in a relatively short period of time. The snowmaking plan was to stay on Supervisor for a couple of days before moving to Tight Line. Upon inspection of the snowmaking progress, the plan quickly changed. Because of the amount of snow produced, we decided to save a day of snowmaking and to start pulling guns from Supervisor and relocate them to Tight Line. We are still in the process of moving, but very soon we will have all of Tight Line lit up top to bottom as pictured here from an earlier… Read More >>

The Skiing Weatherman, Herb Stevens visits Saddleback Today

Today we had a scheduled visit by The Skiing Weatherman, Herb Stevens. For those of you not familiar with Herb, he visits a different ski resort each Monday to produce his skiing weather forecast for the upcoming weekend. Herb's show is aired on major network TV channels in 11 different metropolitan markets including Portland ME, Manchester NH, Boston MA, Providence RI, & New York City. This was our week. Steve Prince organized a group of ski & snowboard models for the shoot. The group was made up of Saddleback employees Ian, Crissy, Bouf and Holland. We were fortunate to pick up an inch of snow overnight and the skies have turned into a bluebird day! The group ventured over… Read More >>

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.

In… Read More >>

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 >>

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