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Surfin the Graupel at Saddleback. April 13-14 2013

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Went up to maine on friday trying to avoid what looked to be bac conditions at Stowe. turns out I did not avoid bad conditions at stowe...its was quite good there as well...

 

Photo from Worth Skis owner Dalton

 

 

so maybe stowe did not suck.....but neither did Saddleback.

 

saddleback is about 3:30 hours from stowe. Which is pretty damn far to get a ski area but it could be worse.

 

saddleback received 5 inches of really surfy graupel/snow by saturday morning.  if you skied the right line it skied bottomless if you did not ski the right line it was a free massage from the rain crust.

 

 

jake finding the first tracks and the right line in Chute 3 in cassablanca

 

 

Qcanoe son tristian finds some sweet snow in the very expansive Casablanca glade.

 

 

Qcanoe played guide for us, he also SL skis pretty nicely. Also check out his ski they support equality!

 

 

me in the upper almost 'above tree line" slopes off the quad

 

 

 

Going into sunday another 2-3 inches of cream cheese fell out of the sky. Sun came out to soften the crust underneath and then there was persistent graupel thoughout the day. sunday had the quieter turn for sure.

 

 

Jake in the wide open section of casablanca

 

 

 

me surfing some of the soft snow today. hood up due to Squall.

 

 

one of the Tony's(qcanoe friends) dumping

 

 

 

one run later it was sunny

 

 

gettin my limited jib skills on

 

 

 

its snowing again!

 

 

fun stump jump

 

 

 

ray one of Q's friend

 

 

more of the host

 

 

 

 

saddleback's very nice baselodge, might not be spruce camp but its a sweet little lodge and after seeing the crappiest base lodge I have ever seen at Wolf Creek this year i will not longer take this for granted...

 

 

leave you with a parting shot of Rangeley Lakes

 

post #2 of 17
Nice pics, Josh! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for omitting the ones of us looking like gapers. Everyone I talked to in our large and fragmented group had a great time this weekend and enjoyed meeting you guys.
post #3 of 17
Very nice. The fourth photo of qcanoe between the trees is awesome and really shows him in his element. I hope he gets it framed for his office/home. Did you hike the summit? Did you stay in the hostel?
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Looks like it was a fun day.  I guess I missed the invite? wink.gif biggrin.gif

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Looks like it was a fun day.  I guess I missed the invite? wink.gif biggrin.gif

 

The latch string is always out, Noodler. But do note before you set out that it is a bit of a hike from the 105th meridian.

post #6 of 17

Great pics and loads of fun. That soft slurry stuff is so much to surf.  icon14.gif

post #7 of 17

That place looks great. Nice photos. I see Josh was rippin it as usual.

 

 

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Great shot! This could be a promo shot for Saddleback. I'd ski there based on that pic. (Esp. if one didn't need a passport to get there).

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

Looks like it was a fun day.  I guess I missed the invite? wink.gif biggrin.gif

Were you stuck in Summit County jonesing for some expert terrain?? How's the tilted lake out there?cool.gif

post #8 of 17

Yippie Cay  Ay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post #9 of 17

Saddleback looks like a lot of fun!  Hope to get up there next season.

post #10 of 17

Great pics.  Thanks for posting!  I would have liked to film you and others in casablanca. 

post #11 of 17

Saddleback is a great Mountain.   I skied there last season for the first time at a 2 day PSIA event .  I loved the area even with the limited snow that season.  The prices are right. The lodge is great.  The view is only second to Wildcat's (tuckerman's).   I hoping to get back this coming season.  Greta pics

 

Hank

post #12 of 17

Nice pics and solid review! Saddleback is a true Maine gem that offers a bit of something for everyone. Glad you were able to experience it when it was on.

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Nice pics and solid review! Saddleback is a true Maine gem that offers a bit of something for everyone. Glad you were able to experience it when it was on.

 

Maybe you can direct peeps to these photos as a way to help sell those nice skis you're trying to unload. wink.gif  Perfect for this terrain and surface.

post #14 of 17

Qcanoe is pretty fun to ski with.  Glad you got to hook up with him.

 

 

 Thanks for sharing. 

post #15 of 17

"after seeing the crappiest base lodge I have ever seen at Wolf Creek this year i will not longer take this for granted..."

 

Really? I was at Wolf Creek this year, and although the base lodge was nothing special, it didn't qualify as being the worst I'd ever seen. Maybe I was just too impressed with the skiing to notice.

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"after seeing the crappiest base lodge I have ever seen at Wolf Creek this year i will not longer take this for granted..."

 

Really? I was at Wolf Creek this year, and although the base lodge was nothing special, it didn't qualify as being the worst I'd ever seen. Maybe I was just too impressed with the skiing to notice.

 

 

it just sucks if your inside on a -20 degree day(much colded wind chill with your boots off, and to go pee you have to put your boots back on and walk outside. I like wolf creek alot but honestly bathrooms seperated via outdoors to the main dining areas is kinda of BS. And yeah is if was not -20 it would not have been a problem....

post #17 of 17

No argument on that point.

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