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Saddleback

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Saddleback for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 

 

 

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Trail Map

 

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Photos

 

See EpicSki's Unofficial Guide to Saddleback for pics

 

 

 

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Conditions

 

Snow Report 

 

Mountain Stats

 

 
Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION
Portland International Jetport
Airlines operating from Portland include Air Canada, AirTran, Continental, Delta JetBlue, United, US Airways Express and Twin Cities Air Service.

 

Bangor International Airport
Airlines operating from Bangor include Allegiant Air, Delta and US Airways.

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 

Directions 

 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Saddleback Trailside Lodges and Condominiums

 

1 to 4 bedroom condominiums and lodges, ski-in ski-out, with jacuzzi.

 

 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$175 and up 

 

Morton & Furbish Vacation Rentals

 

 

Specializing in cozy cottages and beautiful modern homes.

 

 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$175 and up

 

       
       
       

 

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Dining

 

Swig 'n Smelt Pub

 

BMC Diner

 

Red Onion

  • Additional dining options available in Rangelely, Maine. 

 

 

REAL ESTATE
 

Saddleback Realty 

 
DEALS
 

Ski and Stay Packages

 
WHAT'S NEW
 

Celebrating 50th anniversary.  Added new trail Family Secret, our new double black diamond trail, along with a 44 acre glade, Casablanca and a new yurt at the base of the Kennebago Quad lift, called Kennebago Station, along with many other enhancements.

 
ACTIVITIES
  

Events

SERVICES

 

2012 - 2013 Rental Equipment Rates


2012 - 2013 Lesson Rates
 

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
 
  

 

Related Media/Links:

 

www.saddlebackmaine.com
www.saddlebackrealty.com

Resort Facebook page 

Saddleback
Description:

Saddleback Maine offers a big mountain experience, over 4000ft, with a wide variety of trails and glades, serving all levels of skiing and riding. A Maine family-owned resort, focused on keeping the sport affordable for skiers, riders and families, Saddleback provides genuine Maine hospitality - here each guest feels welcome and has freedom to be themselves. Besides abundant snowfall and excellent snow surfaces, there is something different even magical about Saddleback. Come to New England’s newest favorite mountain in the Rangeley Lakes region. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2012 Ski Magazine Readers' Resort Poll - All East Coast Areas - Saddleback Scores: "Snow" - #5 "Scenery" - #6 "Character" - #2 "Overall Satisfaction" - #2 "Value" - #1

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent85%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad2
Lifts-Total number of lifts5
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner38%
Trails-2-Intermediate29%
Trails-3-Advanced33%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total66
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run3.1 miles
General-Base elevation2460'
General-Vertical drop2000'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds220 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: terrain, mellow/old school vibe, secret stashes, amazing ski school, cool ski bar, views from America trail

Cons: wind holds, need to replace slow old double chair

new england skiing like you remember it.  but better.

 

please, please replace the double with a quad.  

 

then leave everything else as is...

Posted

Pros: Good variety of terrain, challenging terrain, uncrowded, inexpensive, friendly, nice lodging, beautiful view

Cons: Far from me, slow lift from base area

Along with Magic Mountain Vermont, this is my favorite ski area in the East.  It's inexpensive and unpretentious, but offers good, challenging terrain for most any skier.  I went midweek in March, so the lack of crowds is somewhat unsurprising, but I never waited behind more than 5 or 6 people in the several days that I was there.

 

The terrain is varied and exciting.  The blue runs are fast, often twisty, and enjoyable.  The blacks are great fun and range from reasonably hard, to very strenuous.  In the glades, you can often see this whole spectrum in different lines only a few yards away from each other.  Saddleback doesn't overgroom their expert terrain and this means that if you go in spring you'll be dealing with bumps that shape lines and add to the natural terrain.  My group and I spent most of our times doing laps off the quad serving the advanced expert terrain and that kept us entertained for most of the day.

 

The one downside was that the double lift from the base area was pretty slow, so we often hesitated to take trails that ended up the whole way down at the bottom and so didn't hit as many of the midmountain areas as we probably should have.  We didn't do Golden Smelt until our last run of the trip and it was a blast.

 

We stayed in the lower condos as part of a very affordable ski and stay deal.  They were extremely nice, but we never managed to "ski in" to our place as we were always having so much fun that we couldn't resist bypassing the cutoff for a few final precious vertical feat going through the beginner terrain park. 

 

The view from the top of the mountain over the lake is gorgeous.

 

Standout runs:

Muleskinner

Golden Smelt

Governor

The Devil's

 

 

Overall, I recommend Saddleback highly.

Posted

Pros: Excellent value, family +, great terrain variety, customer service

Cons: Small 'pro' terrain park, No nightlife - but if you have a family....a dvd is all you need!

 No lines, great terrain, fantastic young family/begineer area, unbelievable 44 acre glade area (Casablanca), short short short lines (in four days we had maximum 5 loads in front if us), superb customer service.  I really can't say enough good stuff about Saddleback.

The nightlife is non-existent.  For us that's not a problem because we don't go on a ski vacation to party (that's what Vegas is for).  Put the kids to bed, bottle of wine and voila, instant night life :-)

The terrain part is just a bunch of big hits and a rail - no half pipe.  There is however, a small terrain park in the beginners area that my 5 year old loved.  I kinda liked it too!

I'm cheap so the bottom line is, we paid HALF what we would have spent for an equivalent trip to Sugarloaf.  Half!  I hope that the value and development )i.e. more lift capacity) continues as the crowds get bigger.

Posted

Pros: no lines, cheap, very nice, lots of terrain, expanding like a son of a gun

Cons: middle of nowhere = no night life

No lines. Go there after a 30 in. day and you wont have lift lines. Expanding fast, opening more terrain