Largely considered a top overlooked destination in New England, Saddleback excels at offering visitors fantastic terrain, terrific amenities and a wonderful staff. Fortunately, they also lack crowds, bad conditions, poor service, and a lackluster experience that can be found at other resorts in the area. Consistently voted a favorite by skiers and riders alike, family-owned resort forgoes the glitz and focuses its energy instead on providing visitors a purely enjoyable ski and ride experience.
There are more than 65 diverse trails and glades, that make it easy to carve down classic, snow covered New England terrain. Whatever it is that skiers seek, Saddleback has a little bit of everything, gentle slopes, rugged double black diamond trails and glades, as well as the amazing Freerider Terrain Park. Saddleback Maine offers skiers and snowboarders 44 acres of inbound ungroomed tree skiing, the double black diamond Casablanca features a challenging experience replete with chutes, steeps and incredibly tight lines.
The amenity-laden base lodge is a one-stop shop for everything that visitors will need on the slopes. There is a great ski school featuring PSIA certified instructors and a variety of lessons. There is a ski patrol and first aid available. There is a retail and rental shop for hard and soft goods. Dining options are numerous and range from a large cafeteria to a coffee shop and pub. Saddleback has a concierge service that is happy to help answer any questions that guests may have. There is also ski in / ski out lodging available and oftentimes guests can get great prices on ski and stay packages.
Saddleback offers an exceptionally great value, a wide variety of season-long events for children and families, as well as an on-site daycare. Saddleback ensures a big-mountain ski experience with a small town feel, and they have every intention of keeping it that way. Pure enjoyment without the hassle.
The ski area’s stats are pretty impressive, Saddleback has more than 2,000 vertical feet to ski and ride, as well as more than 200 acres and nearly 70 named trails. There are several lift-access glades, terrain parks, and the longest trail at Saddleback is 3.1 miles long. Saddleback also boasts snowmaking on 85 percent of the terrain, which isn’t always necessary since the resort receives an average 225 inches of snow per season.
There are three terrain parks at Saddleback. The Freerider Terrain Park includes a lot of challenging terrain and features such as rails, jumps, ramps and many other natural and manmade elements. Tightline Bumps and Jump is a large bumps course with a massive jump at the end. Gee Whiz is the beginner/intermediate park and has small rollers and other mini features.
The Rangeley Lakes area is a winter paradise, snow covered conifers dot the majestic mountains and the ice blue lakes contrast beautifully against the pure white snow. Saddleback offers gorgeous cross country ski trails to enjoy as well as a variety of other activities. There is also great shopping, dining, museums and other cultural points of interest to enjoy on days spent indoors.
On the mountain, people head to the Swig ‘n Smelt Pub, its located on the upper level of the main base lodge and features great local brews, fantastic wines and spirits daily. They have a lot of events and live music throughout the season to enjoy as well. There are also places in the Rangeley area that feature a great nightlife scene, whether it’s a sports bar, a lounge or a hometown bar, there is something to suit all tastes. Dining is also found on the mountain as well as in the area, from casual to upscale, famished riders are guaranteed to be satisfied.