Just when you think it is over, it’s not! After yesterday’s storm wound down and we calculated the week's worth of snow be in the 52 inch range, we got a forecast for 3 to 4 inches of new snow for the overnight. No big deal compared to what we had received. To our surprise and the surprise of our snow removal staff, it dumped and we found 8 to 12 inches of new powder on the mountain! We had to scramble to get the parking lots cleaned and doors shoveled out prior to opening.

With snow comes wind and unfortunately there is a wind hold on the Rangeley Double and the Kennebago Quad. The good news is that when the lifts resume operating, hopefully Tuesday, there will be many un-skied trails and glades featuring deep powder snow just waiting to be skied. It will be very interesting to see how the wind has redistributed the snow in the upper snowfields. I am sure that it will be worth a hike to find out! Our year to date snowfall has reached 213 inches and we are rapidly approaching our annual average of 225 inches. It is always nice to have an above average snowfall season which it appears we will have. The photo is an up close and personal shot of Saddleback's own Jeff Smith about to make a face plant into today’s 12 inches of fresh powder.

These snowy midweek days are a good time to stay at Saddleback. Did you know that Sunday to Thursday, ski & stay packages start at only $69 per day per person and that includes your lift ticket? This rate is based on full occupancy, meaning 4 persons in a 2 bedroom unit or 6 persons in a 3 bedroom unit. These are all ski in & ski out condos and are very comfortable and nicely appointed. If interested, give Hermila, Susan or Chrissy a call in reservations. The number is toll free 1-877-864-5441.

If you would like to contact me, send your thoughts to cklefos@saddlebackmaine.com