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Apparently Saddleback Exists Now (Ski Mag Resort Readers' Poll Out)

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I am the first person to recognize the many shortcomings of my favorite hill. And I certainly don't need a national poll to validate my personal preferences for terrain, atmosphere, aesthetics, and management style. But I have to say it's really nice to see that Saddleback is finally getting some serious respect from the wider ski community, outside of the Portland / Bangor orbit. Ski Magazine's annual resort issue arrived in my mailbox the other day, and for the first time in memory, Saddleback made a serious showing in the rankings among eastern ski areas.

 

In the combined rankings, it naturally (thankfully, even) did not make the top ten. However, it did score a full-page spread directly opposite #2 - Stowe - by virtue of being "top ranked adventure mountain." (See page 127, if you have the paper copy.) More significantly, I was frankly surprised at how well it scored in certain key categories. Yes, I know. Other Maine and NE resorts scored much better in other categories. I can see that and understand why. But the ones I've listed below ... well, they tell a story.

 

"Snow" - #5  (Sunday River, 8; Sugarloaf, >10)

"Scenery" - #6  (Sunday River, >10; Sugarloaf, 10)

 

"Service" - #4  (Sunday River, >10; Sugarloaf, >10)

"Character" - #2  (Sunday River, >10; Sugarloaf, 6)

"Overall Satisfaction" - #2 (Sunday River, >10; Sugarloaf, 7)

"Value" - #1  (Sunday River, >10; Sugarloaf, >10)

 

[edit - missed "service" on first try]


Edited by qcanoe - 10/24/11 at 5:58pm
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Kudos to Saddleback!

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Bittersweet, isn't it? It 's like "Yes! That's what I've been saying for years," followed by "Now, shut up and make a retraction Ski magazine!"

 

It's always nice to see some underdogs getting props, but not always nice having your local spot front and center in the national spotlight.

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It's always nice to see some underdogs getting props, but not always nice having your local spot front and center in the national spotlight.



Yeah, I definitely have mixed feelings about it, but they SO desperately need to replace the main lift out of the base area. After about 5 years of waiting for this with no joy, I've pretty much decided that the only way it's going to happen is for them to go a little more mainstream, whether I like all that entails or not.

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