As we head into a weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to get up on the mountain and check out the conditions. We had just opened Green Weaver from the top to bottom and I was curious to see how the snowmaking and grooming turned out. This was also a great excuse to make some turns and get in my second "ski occasion".  I joined my wife Lisa at the chair and we headed up the Rangeley Double. It was a beautiful morning, the wind had died and the temperature felt balmy compared to what we experienced yesterday. We exited the chair and glided down the exit ramp. The snow was that squeaky sounding snow that extreme cold temperatures create. The Green Weaver snow surface was perfect corduroy from the top all the way down. The trail is very well covered and it was fun to ski, so we had to go do it again. Later we skied the Grey Ghost, which also was in perfect packed powder condition.

After skiing, I went to check out the snowmaking operations. The guns are on the Royal Tiger and Smelt Streamer. There is excellent snow production going on, so good that we are now planning to pull the guns off those trails early tomorrow morning, grooming them out and opening the South Branch Quad tomorrow morning. Snowmaking will then move to the Royal Coachman for the weekend. So the weekend looks to be a good one. The forecast is for lots of sun, good temperatures and no wind. The surfaces are in great shape and we will have 3 lifts and 18 trails open. We will be offering a reduced ticket price of $35. I hope that you will be able to join us for some fun skiing & riding this weekend. If you would like to contact me, send your thoughts to cklefos@saddlebackmaine.com .