Blog & News
Welcome to Mountain Life, the Saddleback Mountain blog. Here, you’ll find regular updates regarding all things Saddleback, and things we think will be of interest to the Saddleback family. As always, we welcome your feedback and story suggestions; please feel free to contact us here, and thanks for reading.
A Special Giving Tuesday Announcement
(November 30, 2021) – Saddleback Mountain is very excited to share the news of a $1.5 million gift to support the development of critically needed workforce housing for the greater Rangeley region. The donation is being made by Susan and Fritz Onion in collaboration with Venn Foundation.Read More
Fall Update From Andy Shepard
The entire Saddleback staff is excited to welcome you back for our 2021/2022 season. 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.Read More
Teaming Up for Area Kids Programs
Sam Hight, of Hight Family of Dealerships pulled together a group of local partners in an effort to support the demographic most impacted by COVID in Franklin County— children. Together with Skowhegan Savings Bank, Kyes Insurance and Saddleback Maine, Hight was able to quickly raise $16,500 which will be donated to four different non-profit youth programs throughout Franklin County — Rangeley Alpine Ski Club, Rangeley Health and Wellness Kids’ Program, Little Mountain School and Titcomb Mountain.Read More
More Than a Mountain Movie Premiere
Join the Saddleback Family in a Virtual Watch Party and be some of the first to see the new film "More Than a Mountain." Filmed and produced by Maine Mountain Media, "More Than a Mountain" is a 40 minute documentary that tells the resort’s comeback journey and Saddleback’s vision for a vibrant future.Read More
Love Finds a Way (Atop Saddleback)
The trajectory of pandemic has upset wedding plans for many couples in the last year. Despite having to forfeit their traditional wedding dreams, this couple took to the slopes of Saddleback to prove that love is not cancelled.Read More
A Remarkable Year
A year ago today, Arctaris Impact Fund announced the purchase and reopening of Saddleback. It has been a remarkable year indeed. The impact of the new Rangeley has been obvious, the new snowmaking system has allowed us to open our entire mountain in a low snow year before all but Black Mountain, the work on the lodge has made it one of, if not the safest in the East, and the quality of skiing and friendly vibe has calmed the fears that the new owners would not value the culture that has defined Saddleback for generations.Read More
Ski and Ride #ThenBeer
It's a fact: beer just tastes better at the mountain. Nothing really beats a day of skiing and riding finished off with a cold beer. If you've visited Saddleback this season you probably noticed the not-so-traditional bar we have outside of the base lodge. We present to you, The Fat Tire Mountain Bar. From a recycled shipping container, we're serving up New Belgium Brewing beer, wine, coffee and hot chocolate, soups, sandwiches and snacks.
An Update from Andy
After years of working on reopening, December 15th was a big day for the Saddleback Family. It was exciting to welcome so many smiling faces back and see so many families reconnecting through the holiday, outside. We put a lot of thought into being able to provide a safe environment at the mountain and in the lodge and I want to personally thank the Saddleback family for your understanding and commitment to buying into those plans and wearing your masks while you are here.Read More
2020 Photo Contest Winners
Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Photo Contest! Check out these amazing Saddleback fan photos from the archives.
Venn Foundation Donor Pledge of $1.3 million
Saddleback Mountain, in collaboration with Venn Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of a new phase in its philanthropic campaign as well as a significant leadgift.Read More