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PEAK Pass Exceeds 2000 Today!

Today we hit a new milestone by selling our 2000th PEAK Pass. PEAK is an acronym for Promoting Education & Activities for Kids. Simply stated, any Maine student up through 12th grade who makes the honor roll during either the first or second marking period is entitled to receive a Saddleback season pass for just $49! As of today, we have exceeded 2000 passes. At the beginning of the season, in my wildest of dreams, I would never have thought that we would exceed 2,000 passes. I thought that if we hit 1,000 that would be great!

Pictured here is the 2,000th PEAK Pass holder, 11 year old Sadie Farrand from Norridgewock Maine. She was surprised by me to learn… Read More >>

Our Terrain Park Is Very Popular Today!

Early this morning Taylor, Paul, Cooper, Ethan, Colby and Jared were putting the finishing touches on the last of the fourteen elements in our terrain park located on the Wheeler trail. What! Who are these guys and what do they do, you ask? These are the hand workers of the park or as they are affectionately referred to as "the diggers". They worked along side groomer Joe Haines until about midnight last night to freshen up the park for today. It was not long after the lifts started to turn this morning that the park became very popular. Skiers and riders had realized that the park elements had all been refreshed and the park is now in top shape.

Maintaining a park takes a lot of…

Grooming Is The Name Of The Game!

When we go through long stretches without much natural snow, grooming becomes the name of the game! Last summer, we decided to flip our old grooming equipment for a new fleet of Pisten Bully groomers with new tillers. One machine is equipped with a winch. The winch allows the operator to lower the machine onto the steepest pitches and then pull the machine back up the steeps. Winching has a huge advantage over grooming downhill. When grooming downhill, the operator is constantly pushing the snow down off of the steeps. With a winch, the operator can pull snow back up the hill and always keep base depths on the steeps constant. Not too long ago we needed two machines and two operators to… Read More >>

Ten Day Weather Outlook For Saddleback

With the coming holiday week in mind,  I decided to check out the 10 day forecast specifically for Rangeley and Saddleback. First, there are no major storms within the 10 day forecast. There are two days which are predicted to be sunny, Wednesday the 17th & Friday the 19th. Every other day is forecast to be overcast or mostly cloudy with a 20% to 30% chance of snow showers each of those days. Winds for the 10 day outlook are to be light and variable ranging from 5 to 10 mph from the West, Northwest each day. Temperatures will range from a low of 17 to a high of near 30 degrees. Most days are in the mid to high 20's. All & all, a very good forecast for skiers.

The…

Presidents Vacation Week Looks Good!

All indications are that the weather and skiing will be great for next weeks vacation period. The last of the snowmaking ended this morning on Royal Tiger in the South Branch area. Tonight that trail will get a thorough grooming and will be in super shape for ski & snowboard teaching. We have made a lot of during the past two weeks. All of our snowmaking trails are very well covered and surfaces are packed powder. We picked up 2 inches of snow last night which created a velvety surface for today’s skiers. We expect to get a bit more snow Wednesday night. Beginning Thursday, we are looking at a nice stretch of sunny weather and pleasant temperatures well into the holiday week… Read More >>

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