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Hey. Barking Bears. Listen up. In case pics of birch glades, periodic glowing trip reports from me and from fellow travelers, and other ravings mean nothing to you, check this out in the issue of Ski magazine that arrived in my mailbox today:

 

Saddleback

  • #1 in the East for Value
  • #3 for Snow
  • #2 for Character
  • #1 for Overall Satisfaction

 

Now please come buy a ticket so we can get the new lift we desperately need.

 

My more detailed gloss on the place (soon to be updated), can be found here.

 

With any luck, KevinF may herd a bunch of us up there this March, when we can ski the Loaf too ... no slouch itself.

post #2 of 7

You forgot some other rankings:

 

#99 for Access - almost 3 hours from Portland, Maine! I am about 5 hours from Portland, Maine.

#99 for Lifts - the main lift is a 4700ft double with 1200 feet of vertical - the expert lift is 2700 feet long and 960 vert ft, steep and short.

 

There is a t-bar for you old school types.

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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post
 

Hey. Barking Bears. Listen up. In case pics of birch glades, periodic glowing trip reports from me and from fellow travelers, and other ravings mean nothing to you, check this out in the issue of Ski magazine that arrived in my mailbox today:

 

...

 

With any luck, KevinF may herd a bunch of us up there this March, when we can ski the Loaf too ... no slouch itself.

 

He will.  :)  Why haven't I gotten my copy of SKI magazine yet though?  :(

 

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Originally Posted by x10003q View Post
 

You forgot some other rankings:

 

#99 for Access - almost 3 hours from Portland, Maine! I am about 5 hours from Portland, Maine.

#99 for Lifts - the main lift is a 4700ft double with 1200 feet of vertical - the expert lift is 2700 feet long and 960 vert ft, steep and short.

 

There is a t-bar for you old school types.

 

 

Whooo!  Saddleback has one of these new-fangled double chairs?  We had the gathering at Mad River Glen last year, and they only have a single chair!

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He will.  :)  Why haven't I gotten my copy of SKI magazine yet though?  :(

 

 

 

Whooo!  Saddleback has one of these new-fangled double chairs?  We had the gathering at Mad River Glen last year, and they only have a single chair!

 

 

saddleback, the lifts suck, the layout sucks but your going ot have fun anyways. The places is just plain fun despite some set bscks.

 

I agree with Tony's list. besides the snow..... IMO Snow would go .....

 

1. smuggs

2.Jay

3.stowe

4.Mount Sutton

4. Bolton

5. Mont Miller

6.Le Massif

7.MRG

8.Sugarbush

9.Saddleback

10.Middlebury Snowbowl

 

it hard to be better than Northern Green Mountain spine resorts and Gaspesie resorts.

 

I am planning on attending my first gathering not at my home resort. Especailly if you guy do not take my place at the Maine Road house!

post #5 of 7

Bush,

 

You are right about Saddleback's lifts, and about the fun.  Still, those are some of the best in-bounds, on the map glades I have skied (and that includes Jay..yeah, Jay snow is something else, but for pure glade 'layout', I was impressed by Saddleback across the board and the general commitment they have to maintaining actual expert terrain as an attraction and not an afterthought in a sea of groomers).  From park like (the Steeps #3 and #4) to pretty gnarly (Dark Wizard Glade, especially if Skied from the very top!), Saddleback's expert terrain runs the gamut.

 

Also, the other steeper ungroomed runs around the resort were great as well (by the end of the day, however, I could have used a rope tow accessing the cassablanca and muleskinner areas!:)).

 

A Saddleback/ Sugarloaf gathering is the best idea I've heard in a long time! (Stowe is great of course....on a weekday!  Even on a weekend you can perch on the Kennebago lift and ski easy laps).  

 

 

Where is Mt. Sutton? Le Massif is wonderful.

 

Liam

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Originally Posted by Liam View Post
 

Bush,

 

You are right about Saddleback's lifts, and about the fun.  Still, those are some of the best in-bounds, on the map glades I have skied (and that includes Jay..yeah, Jay snow is something else, but for pure glade 'layout', I was impressed by Saddleback across the board and the general commitment they have to maintaining actual expert terrain as an attraction and not an afterthought in a sea of groomers).  From park like (the Steeps #3 and #4) to pretty gnarly (Dark Wizard Glade, especially if Skied from the very top!), Saddleback's expert terrain runs the gamut.

 

Also, the other steeper ungroomed runs around the resort were great as well (by the end of the day, however, I could have used a rope tow accessing the cassablanca and muleskinner areas!:)).

 

A Saddleback/ Sugarloaf gathering is the best idea I've heard in a long time! (Stowe is great of course....on a weekday!  Even on a weekend you can perch on the Kennebago lift and ski easy laps).  

 

 

Where is Mt. Sutton? Le Massif is wonderful.

 

Liam

 

 

stowe perceptions of crowded is kinda of laughable. We have fast lifts and a 7:30 am start time. get out at 7:30 and ski for 3 hour before the lift has a line, and then the line is only 10-20 minutes max...

 

you can get more vertical in a day ski stowe on saturday then anywhere else in New England.

 

Sutton is Jay canadian sister mountain, get basically the same snow from a northern flow......but jay does better when there is a westerly component. You cna see sutton from Jay, and Jay from sutton.

post #7 of 7
If the Maine thing comes together I'd love to see us take over that Maine Roadhouse Hostel for about four days, but the website for the place seems to have gone dead: www.maineroadhouse.com
Hope it's still in business?
It had some kind of ownership connection with the Stratton Motel, about ten miles down the road (further away from Saddleback, but closer to Sugarloaf) in Stratton, ME:
www.thestrattonmotel.com
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