I am back from a couple of days in Vermont. We had a good time with friends and had some good skiing too. However, the snow surfaces are much better at Saddleback! What a great week of skiing! If you have been out on the mountain any day during this past week, you know what I mean. We have had tons of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 30’s at the base. Despite the mild temperatures, the combination of very dry air and cooler temperatures at the high elevations has maintained a packed powder surface on most of the mountain. Only around the base area has the snow turned to more spring-like condition of loose and wet granular. Nighttime temperatures dipping into the teens and low 20’s also helps in keeping surfaces winter-like. We are in for another carbon copy day tomorrow. The storm which is affecting the NorthEast coast will remain to our south and we are in for another day of mixed sun and clouds and pleasant temperatures. If there is any risk of a weather change, it will be on Sunday. We still may be north enough to avoid the precipitation but if not, it will be on the light side and will finish as wet snow in the mountains. From the photo, you can see what we look like currently.

We have a very busy weekend for activities. Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Family Fun Day with scavenger hunts, Pot of Gold search to win a season’s pass for next year, search for the green haired characters to win free day tickets and much more.

The Saturday après ski entertainment at the Swig n’ Smelt Pub is Scott & Joe followed by another of our Winter Concert series featuring The Subdudes at 8:00 PM in the Fireplace Room. Tickets are still available for the Subdudes and are $28. Their music is a blend of blues, gospel, funk, and R&B. The latest release by the Subdudes, Flower Petals, their fourth studio effort since 2003, is a departure from previous albums. The songs, with an Old West flavor, are loosely tied together by a common theme, and are set at the turn of the century. This will be a fun event!

If you live south of Saddleback, here is my advice to you. Get in your car today or early tomorrow, drive north to escape your dreary weather to enjoy some fabulous skiing at Saddleback!

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