From the blog

Fall Update From Andy Shepard

The entire Saddleback staff is excited to welcome you back for our 2021/2022 season. They say that good things come to those who wait…we have invested $2 million in 2021 in snowmaking upgrades - $3 million in the last 18 months –  and have been excited all summer to turn this big, new beast on. We had hoped to be ready to spin the lifts by the week of Thanksgiving, but our best weather intel, some prudence, and a delay in delivery of some snowmaking parts, suggest that we will need to wait.


Our goal is, and will always be, to open for skiing and riding with a top to bottom, quality snow surface, one that our Saddleback family has come to expect. Please stay tuned and refer to our website and social media as we update with news on our opening day. We’re as excited to fire this new snowmaking system up and get this season under way as you are. 


Please note that all resort services will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 


We have invested over $30 million dollars in the past year and a half, including 4 new lifts, $3 million in snowmaking upgrades, 3 new groomers, a major renovation of the lodge, making it one of the safest lodges in the ski industry, and we have begun construction of our Mid Mountain Lodge. With that in mind, you will notice a new pricing strategy this year; one that is grounded in generating the revenue to sustain those investments – remember, we were closed for 5 years, and no one wants that to ever be a concern again – and continuing to provide the Saddleback experience you’ve come to expect. This approach will also ensure access to ticket pricing that is even lower than last year.


While you’ll notice the window rate will be increasing from last year, you will also find tickets purchased in advance can be had for less than last year’s pricing. We are trying to drive as many of you to buy online and in advance as possible because that is our most efficient way to operate, but by having a better sense of what the traffic will be at Saddleback on any given day, it will also allow us to staff more appropriately for that day. Our top ticket prices reflect the investments we’ve made, and our lowest prices reflect our commitment to making Saddleback as accessible as possible. The further out you buy your lift ticket, the less it will cost you. The closer you get to the day, the more it will cost. 


As we approach our second year of operation, we also remain committed to building on the down-to-earth, up-for-anything culture that has defined the Saddleback family for generations. We are looking to expand our host program that helps set the tone as our guests arrive, we are excited to be able to fully open the Roger Page Ski and Ride School with expanded programming and we are excited to unveil our new Market at Saddleback and Pub dining experiences.


We’re creating something special at the mountain and anyone who would like to become a part of our team – and have access to a lot of great benefits, including free skiing for you and your family – please contact us at, or apply directly through our career center.


Remember, without you we’re just another mountain and we’re not just another mountain.


- Andy Shepard

CEO & General Manager