Weekly Email

Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (December 9, 2022)

Welcome to the Mainely Skiing Weekly Email! This email will be sent straight to your inbox at the end of every week to highlight what’s happening with your Maine ski resort!

Opening Day at Saddleback:

It’s tomorrow! Saddleback Mountain opens on December 10! Crews are working around the clock to make sure we have a solid opening and a long season. Lift Maintenance strung the haul rope this week, and snowmakers have been blowing that beautiful white stuff we all love whenever temps allow. Plus, various updates around the resort:

  • Retail – Moved back to the original location (Open Friday – Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm)
  • 15% Off Early Season Lodging – Use code MtnHolly at checkout. *Participating properties only.
  • Rental Shop – Open for pre-season tune-ups and binding checks (Open Midweek 8:00am – 4:00pm and on the weekend from 9:00am – 4:00pm)
  • The PUB is open with a new menu! Check it out at
  • New Ski School Programs – FUNdamentals of Ski Racing

To view all the various improvements and updates, check out the latest Saddleback email.

Photo: Saddleback’s New Sandy Quad before getting the haul rope (taken 11/25/22)

Mountain Report:

Saddleback: 0 / 68 Trails Open

Sugarloaf: 19 / 162 Trails Open

Sunday River: 21 / 139 Trails Open

Pleasant Mountain: 0 / 47 Trails Open

Trail of the Day: Grey Ghost (Saddleback)

Upcoming Events:

Make sure to add these events to your calendar to keep yourself up to date with the local happenings. Of course, you can always visit our events page which is constantly getting updated so you can know about the event before anyone else! Click here

Event Name:Start Date:End Date:Occurrence:
Saddleback Mountain Opening DayDecember 10December 10One Day
Pleasant Mountain Opening DayDecember 10December 10One Day
Sugarloaf Holiday BazaarDecember 10December 11Two Days
Holiday Tree Lighting @ SugarloafDecember 10December 10One Day
Sunday River Santa SundayDecember 11December 11One Day
Jordan 8 Opening (*tentative)December 17December 17One Day
Winterfest Weekend @ Sunday RiverDecember 17December 18Two Days
Christmas Vacation WeekDecember 26December 30Five Days

Sugarloaf Holiday Gift Bazaar:

The Sugarloaf Holiday Bazaar will be taking place Saturday and Sunday around the Sugarloaf base area. Santa will be coming to town on Saturday, December 10. He’ll be accompanied by Amos & friends. We’ll spread the holiday cheer with warm treats, music on the beach, fireworks, and more! The events calendar is packed with activities and shopping endeavors for you – check it out by clicking the link below.

Photo: Rangeley Lakes Trails Center

Jordan 8 Opening:

We’re just one week away from the Grand Opening of Jordan 8. Sunday River’s Jordan 8 lift, as part of the Sunday River 2030 plan, has a tentative opening date of December 17. They are choosing to raffle tickets to ride this to benefit the River Fund, and Maine Adaptive. Tickets will be sold for $5 dollars and won’t be included in the cost of a normal lift ticket. This raffle is to choose the first 8 people, or first chair, to ride the lift. For all the special details, click here. To learn all about it along with purchasing a raffle ticket, click the link below.

Photo: Sun Journal

Saddleback Ski Patrol:

As we gear up for an incredible ski season, consider sponsoring a Saddleback Ski Patroller! Did you know a volunteer ski patroller spends $87 on fees and registration plus gas and lodging for two days of training before even getting on the mountain? You can help offset that cost so our patrollers can keep doing what they do best! To donate, click the link below.

Photo: Andy Gagne Photography

Registration for Santa Sunday Is Now Open:

Santa Sunday is this Sunday, December 11. Don’t miss the sea of Santa outfits out on the slopes of Broadway (green trail). After the parade down Broadway, Sunday River will validate your ticket to ski/ride for the rest of the day. Santas who participate in the 11AM photo shoot will also receive an additional lift ticket valid until Christmas Eve. What are you waiting for, click the link below.

Photo: Sunday River – Santa Sunday

Saddleback Webcams:

Have you visited the Saddleback Webcams? With three cameras scattered across the mountain, you’re guaranteed to get the best sunset. You could go back in time if you missed the best part. While you can catch some pretty amazing sunsets, you also are able to watch crews working. This past week, they strung the haul rope and the aXess gates are installed. Click the link below to watch them build the new Sandy Quad.

Photo: Saddleback webcams base camera. Haul rope is installed and crews making snow. (Taken 12/8/22 @ 10:44am)

Last Chair:

Saddleback opens in less than 24 hours! Will you be there for opening day? The base area was looking quite empty during the middle of the week, but with the guns cranking now, the base area will be full of snow in no time! If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this winter, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!


With Mother Nature giving the mountains the worst type of precipitation this past week, snowmakers across the state are scrambling to bring their mountains back to life. With this wacky weather, you might want to check the mountain report pages on your resort’s website before hitting the snow, so you’re always in the loop with current conditions and weather events. This weekend is looking like prime snowmaking weather with the lows in the teens. Crews can really pump out that white gold with those temps.

Make sure to check out the Mountain Lift Status as more lifts are opening daily. Click the link below for more.

High:34 28 26
Low:10 6 11
Based out of Rangeley

Thanks for colder weather!

– Keegan

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