Weekly Email

Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (December 23, 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!

Holiday Torchlight Parade & Santa Visit:

Join the Saddleback family on Friday, December 30 for a night of fun! While they were planning on this being today, the weather made it so Santa couldn’t come down from the north pole. Thankfully, he is able to be there the following Friday, December 30, and will be accompanied by the employee torchlight parade down Grey Ghost. This is free and open to anyone! For more information, click the link below.

Mountain Report:

Saddleback: 51 / 68 Trails Open

Sugarloaf: 63 / 162 Trails Open

Sunday River: 60 / 139 Trails Open

Pleasant Mountain: 8 / 47 Trails Open

Trail of the Day: Lower Timberline (Sugarloaf)

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:
Jordan 8 OpeningDecember 26December 26One Day
Christmas Vacation WeekDecember 26December 30Five Days
Horse Drawn Wagon RidesDecember 27December 27One Day
Climb For A Cure @ SugarloafDecember 29December 29One Day
Horse Drawn Wagon RidesDecember 29December 29One Day
Holiday Torchlight Parade @ SaddlebackDecember 30December 30One Day
New Year’s Eve @ The WidowmakerDecember 31December 31One Day
Vertical Challenge @ SaddlebackJanuary 8January 8One Day
Martin Luther King Jr. WeekendJanuary 14January 16Three Days

Jordan 8 Opening:

Sunday River will be spinning their new Jordan 8 Lift this Monday, December 26. Sunday River’s Jordan 8 lift, as part of the Sunday River 2030 plan, has an opening date of December 26. 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 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. Calm before the storm (Taken 12/15/22 @ 4:34pm)

Last Chair:

What a beautiful week for Maine skiers and riders. With Mother Nature generously dropping over 2 feet of fresh snow across many mountains, it made for good skiing. You still can find those special pow stashes if you know where to look! If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this winter, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!


If you’re planning on going out for today or tomorrow, you might want to invest in some Gore-Tex if you haven’t already. Warm and dry is the name of the game. It’s shaping up to be a wet weekend with some areas calling for around 3 inches of rain. Don’t worry though, as man-made snow holds up better to rain and thaw events than natural snow.

Make sure to check out the Mountain Lift Status as the weather for this extended weekend might be interesting. Click the link below for more.

High:47 14 17
Low:9 7 11
Based out of Rangeley

Stay dry, Mainely Skiers!

– Keegan