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Saddleback's Swig'n Smelt Pub A Must Do Lunch Spot

Today was another frustrating start with left over gusty winds from last night. It was a late and staggered opening, as we had to re-groom trails before opening lifts. We finally got the T-bar and two chairs going and the terrain that they serve is now in very good shape. The skies have cleared off and the winds have now dropped off, so we should good to go on all lifts tomorrow. The sun will shine for the next six or seven days. This will be a great week for skiing Saddleback!

When we don’t like the weather, our thoughts turn to good food and beverages. It’s been almost four months now that Saddleback has been open for ski season.  And four months that the Swig… Read More >>

Mother Nature Can Be so Cruel - Nice One Day and Miserable the Next!

Mother Nature can be so cruel; nice one day and miserable the next! During my 4:15 AM briefing with Jared Emerson, he warned me that the east wind was picking up and it could become an issue. I inserted that comment in the early morning snow reports at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival to the base area at 6:40 AM, it was apparent to me that the 7:30 ski with management was not going to happen. The wind was honking a good 40 to 50 mph from the east. The east wind is the direction that negatively affects our lifts. (Fortunately, an east wind is NOT our prevailing wind)  At 7:00 AM I updated all of the reports to reflect the increased wind velocity and stated that lifts would be on wind hold.… Read More >>

Skiers & Riders are Great Weather Watchers!

Skiers and riders seem to be great weather watchers. And we need to be so bad forecasts from the coastal cities don't influence decisions that need to be based on mountain forecasts.  After all, we don't to miss a good day on the slopes. I was a bit worried about all of the doom and gloom forecasts throughout the week that skiers would not show up today. I am delighted to say that was not the case and we have a very robust day underway with close to 2,000 skiers & riders enjoying a mostly sunny Saddleback with an all-out BBQ on the deck. We had pretty good indications by Thursday that the coastal storm now underway in the Northeast would remain south of here. So far, it has. We… Read More >>

What a Great Week For Skiing at Saddleback!

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… Read More >>

Weekend Events to Look Forward To at Saddleback

My wife, Lisa was out skiing this morning and ran into a nice family enjoying their first day ever at Saddleback. They seemed very delighted to have discovered Saddleback and like the resort very much. They live in Sherbrooke, Quebec and were influenced by our TV campaign on TVA, a Sherbrooke TV Station. In fact, this is just one example of many Canadians whom have discovered Saddleback this winter. We have targeted Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as emerging markets and have experimented with some targeted advertising there. From observing car plates, it seems to be working. We have also hosted a couple of Canadian groups in our ski in & ski out condos. Both will return next… Read More >>

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