This is certainly depressing weather and it is cutting into our spring skiing. Currently it is about 39 degrees at the base with fog and drizzle obscuring the mountain. Things will begin to improve tomorrow, but not until later in the day. So, at today’s Directors meeting, we have decided to remain closed Wednesday and re-open for sure on Thursday. Thursday will be sunny and warm, a great day for some spring skiing.

Tomorrow afternoon Jared, Sean & Jimmy will get around the mountain to access conditions and put an accurate trail and glade count together for me so that I can let you know what to expect. If surfaces are too soft we will not be able to groom steep trails, but will do the best that we can. The problem with grooming soft wet snow is that you do more harm than good, as the machines going uphill tend to bury themselves. We have a nice stretch of weather ahead with sun and very mild temperatures. Our hope is that at night the clear skies will allow for serious cooling enough so to set up snow surfaces for grooming.

We will have a lot of fun at Saddleback Saturday with our annual pond skimming contest. Any one may attempt the pond, but be prepared to get wet! I prefer to be a spectator during that event.

Sunday is Easter and we will have an Easter Service at the top of the Rangeley Double next to the warming hut at 9:30 AM. There will be an Easter egg hunt for the kids under 11 years old on the lower ski trails. There will be a golden egg that will fetch the finder a free season pass for next winter! An Easter costume parade will take place inside the base lodge led by the Easter Bunny. Costume judging will be done at the end of the parade.

Sunday is also Maine Day. All Maine residents will be able to ski for just $35 with proof of residency. It will be a very fun weekend and I hope that you will be able to join us.

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