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. Our forecaster has predicted 1 – 3 inches of snow before opening time tomorrow.  He has been consistently under rating snowfall amounts all season long. So it would not surprise me if we had more like 4 to 6 inches, if his predicting pattern holds. Temperatures will drop through the week reaching as low as 5 degrees by Thursday night. We may see off and on flurries and possibly an occasional snow squall each day this week. With some luck with squalls, cold temperatures and some aggressive grooming, we should have winter-like surfaces for the weekend. The weekend weather looks like sunshine both days with seasonable temperatures near 30.

Saturday we host our annual cardboard box race. This year’s theme is cartoon characters. It is more than a race as judges will choose the most creative cardboard vehicle. I have not seen this event before, but I am told that it is lots of fun to watch. The race starts at 1:00 PM.

Saturday is also PEAK Day #2. We will hold a raffle for 3 PEAK passes for next year. Winners will still need to make the honor roll next fall, but they will have a free pass if they do. Immediately following the race, we will take a PEAK group photo in the terrain park as picture here from the February PEAK Day. Following the photo, we will pull the raffle winners. Survivor Bob Crowley will again be here all weekend and he will pull the winning names.

Sunday is Saddleback Fan Day. All members of our Saddleback Facebook Fan page are eligible to ski Sunday for only $29. To become a member click on the facebook icon at the bottom of our home page and join. Then print the first page of the fan page and bring it to the ticket office Sunday with $29 for a lift ticket for the day! The weather for Sunday looks great, so put Saddleback into your plans.

I am off tomorrow, so the next blog will be Thursday. If you would like to contact me, send your thoughts to cklefos@saddlebackmaine.com