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Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (May 12, 2023)

Welcome to the Mainely Skiing Summer Email! This email will be sent straight to your inbox whenever we release new emails. In this email, we will highlight all the summer activities in or around the Rangeley Area!

Sugarloaf Golf Course Opening Date:

Join fellow Sugarloafers on the course for the Sugarloaf Golf Course opening day. The course opens May 26 and will be open for the season. For more info and to book your tee time, click the link below.

sugarloaf.com

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:
Sugarloaf MarathonMay 14May 14One Day
Mother’s Day Brunch @ Sunday RiverMay 14May 14One Day
Sugarloaf Golf Course Opening DayMay 26May 26One Day
Memorial Day WeekendMay 27May 29Three Days
5th Annual Rangeley Birding FestivalJune 9June 11Three Days
Sunday River Tough Mountain ChallengeJune 22June 22One Day
42nd Annual Sugarloaf Ski Club Classic Golf TournamentJune 23June 23One Day
Sunday River Mini Mountain ChallengeJune 23June 23One Day
12/OC Band @ SaddlebackJuly 5July 5One Day
Xterra Trail Run World Championships @ SugarloafOctober 1October 1One Day
Oktoberfest 2023 @ SaddlebackOctober 7October 7One Day

Sugarloaf Marathon:

The Sugarloaf Marathon is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon. We are certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF) as an official sanctioned event. Over the years the Sugarloaf Marathon has become extremely popular among running enthusiasts from around the world. With a strict limit of 2,000 participants, this race will sell out. In 2018, 30.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon making Sugarloaf the fastest course in Maine and one of the top in the nation.

Located in the mountains of Western Maine, the Sugarloaf Marathon follows scenic route 27 as it winds through the Bigelow Mountain range and follows the Carrabassett River. The course starts in the town of Eustis, travels through Carrabassett Valley and finishes in the town of Kingfield. The first 5 miles of the race are relatively flat, miles 5-10 consist of rolling hills with a steady two-mile climb at mile 8. The last 16 miles has a gradual decent with an elevation loss of 980 feet. Marathon runners continue to record personal-best times while racing Sugarloaf.

  • Marathon Start Address:
    Cathedral Pines Campground
    945 Arnold Trail
    Eustis, ME 04936
  • Marathon Start Time:
    7:00am – Runners and walkers will start at the same time. We ask that walkers start in the far back of the pack. 
  • Sugarloaf 15K
    The Sugarloaf 15K takes place on the last half of the marathon course, starting in Carrabassett Valley and following the Carrabassett River to the town of Kingfield. The course has an elevation loss of 300 feet from start to finish. The course stays on scenic Route 27 with no turns or intersections until the finish line.
  • 15K Start Address:
    Ayotte’s Country Store
    1215 Carrabassett Drive
    Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
  • 15K Start Time:
    7:30am – Runners and walkers will start at the same time. We ask that walkers start in the far back of the pack. 
  • Finish Location:
    West Kingfield Road Ballfield
    832 West Kingfield Road Kingfield, ME 04947

For more information, click the link below:

sugarloaf.com

BIG News From Sunday River:

Just announced – Two new lifts will be taking skiers and riders up the mountains of Sunday River. A new Merrill Hill Triple will access the back side of the mountain and add to the Real Estate options and ski-in, and ski-out house lots. Also, the most highly anticipated announcement, a brand new, Doppelmayr High-Speed, 6-Person Bubble chair will replace the Barker Mountain Express. Both lift upgrades are expected to open for the 2023-2024 ski season. For the latest on the Sunday River 2030 project, click the link below.

sundayriver.com

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. Click the link below to see last night’s sunset!

saddlebackmaine.com

Last Chair:

As most of the Maine Mountain Region recovers from the torrential rain which caused flooding, please be cautious when traveling as roads are still being worked on.

Weather:

It’s looking like another great weekend to get outside and enjoy why we all call this state home. Just remember to pack some bug spray… You’ll thank me later!

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:69 60 57
Low:45 33 40
Based out of Rangeley

Good Luck Marathon Runners!

– Keegan

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Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (April 28, 2023)

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!

Mountain Report:

Mountain NameTrails OpenPercent Open
Saddleback0 / 680%
Sugarloaf95 / 16259%
Sunday River0 / 1390%
Pleasant Mountain0 / 470%

Trail of the Day: Tote Road (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:
Sugarloaf’s Closing DayMay 1May 1One Day
Sugarloaf MarathonMay 14May 14One Day
Mother’s Day Brunch @ Sunday RiverMay 14May 14One Day
Sugarloaf Golf Course Opening DayMay 26May 26One Day
Memorial Day WeekendMay 27May 29Three Days
5th Annual Rangeley Birding FestivalJune 9June 11Three Days
Sunday River Tough Mountain ChallengeJune 22June 22One Day
42nd Annual Sugarloaf Ski Club Classic Golf TournamentJune 23June 23One Day
Sunday River Mini Mountain ChallengeJune 23June 23One Day
12/OC Band @ SaddlebackJuly 5July 5One Day
Xterra Trail Run World Championships @ SugarloafOctober 1October 1One Day
Oktoberfest 2023 @ SaddlebackOctober 7October 7One Day

Closing Dates:

These warm temps sure are nice but it doesn’t help the snow pack. Take a look at the tentative closing dates for the big three.

MountainClosing Date
SaddlebackApril 14
SugarloafMay 1
Sunday RiverApril 23

BIG News From Sunday River:

Just announced – Two new lifts will be taking skiers and riders up the mountains of Sunday River. A new Merrill Hill Triple will access the back side of the mountain and add to the Real Estate options and ski-in, and ski-out house lots. Also, the most highly anticipated announcement, a brand new, Doppelmayr High-Speed, 6-Person Bubble chair will replace the Barker Mountain Express. Both lift upgrades are expected to open for the 2023-2024 ski season. For the latest on the Sunday River 2030 project, click the link below.

sundayriver.com

King Of The Mountain Hill Climb:

The King Of The Mountain Hill Climb is taking place on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. This two-day event is presented by Hight Family of Dealerships, BOSS Power Equipment, and WIN Waste Innovations. There is no more spots available in any race. Spectators are welcome! Click the link below for more information on this event.

saddlebackmaine.com

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. Click the link below to see last night’s sunset!

saddlebackmaine.com

Last Chair:

We’re in the final stretch of the 2022-23 ski season. Go get after it and make the most of the great conditions. Soak up the sun and enjoy the corn harvest. Just save some for the rest of us 😉

If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this season, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!

Weather:

It’s Sugarloaf’s closing day weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine and warm temps. It will be another corn harvest.

Make sure to check out the Mountain Lift Status, as lifts and trails will be changing as the spring goes on. Click the link below for more.

mainelyskiing.com

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:57 57 49
Low:34 36 36
Based out of Rangeley

Make the most of it!

– Keegan

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Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (April 7, 2023)

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!

Mountain Report:

Mountain NameTrails OpenPercent Open
Saddleback67 / 6899%
Sugarloaf99 / 16261%
Sunday River106 / 13972%
Pleasant Mountain0 / 470%

Trail of the Day: Blue Devil (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:
Sugarloaf Reggae FestApril 6April 94 Days
Rewind & Grind Rail JamApril 7April 7One Day
Saddleback Spring BashApril 8April 8One Day
Barker Lift Send-OffApril 14April 15Two Days
The Great Tailgate @ Sunday RiverApril 15April 15One Day
King Of The Mountain: Hill Climb @ SaddlebackApril 21April 222 Days

Spring Bash At Saddleback:

Don’t miss Spring Bash happening April 7-8th. See the full event rundown below and make sure you’ve added these to your calendar

Friday, April 7
  • Rewind & Grind Rail Jam (4-6pm) – Get Spring Bash 2023 started by grinding the steel! This is a FREE rail jam, open to the public, to both skiers and riders. DJ Eric from AudiblEvents will be spinning some tracks on the deck while everyone throws down. Come ride and watch!
Saturday, April 8
  • Pond Skim (12-1pm) – Come watch or participate in this unique experience of skiing on non-frozen snow.
  • BBQ on Deck (12:30-1:30pm) – Enjoy a cookout following the pond skim.
  • Motor Booty Affair (4-6pm) – The best way to end the day. Get your groove on with Motor Booty Affair either in the lodge or on the deck depending on the weather.

Barker Lift Send-Off:

It’s the last hurrah! Join the Sunday River crew over on Barker Basin for the final send off. It’s the weekend of April 15-16 for final rides on the Barker Express. In addition, enter to win the chance to ride the final chair on the Barker Express, and take home a chair from the lift for yourself. For more information, click the link below.

sundayriver.com

BIG News From Sunday River:

Just announced – Two new lifts will be taking skiers and riders up the mountains of Sunday River. A new Merrill Hill Triple will access the back side of the mountain and add to the Real Estate options and ski-in, and ski-out house lots. Also, the most highly anticipated announcement, a brand new, Doppelmayr High-Speed, 6-Person Bubble chair will replace the Barker Mountain Express. Both lift upgrades are expected to open for the 2023-2024 ski season. For the latest on the Sunday River 2030 project, click the link below.

sundayriver.com

King Of The Mountain Hill Climb:

The King Of The Mountain Hill Climb is taking place on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. This two-day event is presented by Hight Family of Dealerships, BOSS Power Equipment, and WIN Waste Innovations. There is no more spots available in any race. Spectators are welcome! Click the link below for more information on this event.

saddlebackmaine.com

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. Click the link below to see last night’s sunset!

saddlebackmaine.com

Last Chair:

We’re in the final stretch of the 2022-23 ski season. Go get after it and make the most of the great conditions.

If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this season, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!

Weather:

Thanks to Mother Nature and providing us with over 66 inches of snow this spring alone, it allows some spectacular conditions out on the slopes.

Make sure to check out the Mountain Lift Status, as lifts and trails will be changing throughout the day and onto the weekend. Click the link below for more.

mainelyskiing.com

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:38 33 43
Low:15 19 27
Based out of Rangeley

Go rip it up!

– Keegan

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Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (February 17, 2023)

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!

Mountain Report:

Mountain NameTrails OpenPercent Open
Saddleback68 / 68100%
Sugarloaf132 / 16281%
Sunday River107 / 13977%
Pleasant Mountain25 / 4753%

Trail of the Day: Red Devil (Saddleback Mountain)

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:
Lollipop Races @ SaddlebackJanuary 1April 2Every Sunday
President’s Week @ Sunday RiverFebruary 17February 2610 Days
8th. Annual WinterpalozaFebruary 19February 19One Day
2nd. Annual February Fest @ SaddlebackFebruary 24February 24One Day
WinterKids Family Day @ SaddlebackMarch 5March 5One Day
Cardboard Box Race @ Pleasant MountainMarch 11March 11One Day
DST Operations Shift @ SaddlebackMarch 12March 12One Day
Mattress Race @ Pleasant MountainMarch 18March 18One Day
Back To The Banks Banked Slalom @ SaddlebackMarch 18March 18One Day
Paror Ski Demo Day @ SaddlebackMarch 18March 18One Day
Spring Fling @ Pleasant MountainMarch 25March 25One Day
Spring Fest Weekend @ Sunday RiverMarch 31April 23 Days
Sugarloaf Reggae FestApril 6April 94 Days
The Great Tailgate @ Sunday RiverApril 15April 15One Day
King Of The Mountain: Hill Climb @ SaddlebackApril 21April 222 Days

BIG News From Sunday River:

Just announced – Two new lifts will be taking skiers and riders up the mountains of Sunday River. A new Merrill Hill Triple will access the back side of the mountain and add to the Real Estate options and ski-in, and ski-out house lots. Also, the most highly anticipated announcement, a brand new, Doppelmayr High-Speed, 6-Person Bubble chair will replace the Barker Mountain Express. Both lift upgrades are expected to open for the 2023-2024 ski season. For the latest on the Sunday River 2030 project, click the link below.

sundayriver.com

February Fest:

On February 24, Saddleback Presents: The 2nd Annual February Festival at Saddleback Mountain Presented by Skowhegan Savings Bank Plus, the Torchlight Parade & Live Music! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to spend time with the Saddleback Family on that Friday of February Break. For more information, click the link below.

saddlebackmaine.com

Après Music Series:

Don’t Miss Saddleback’s Après Music Series up in The Pub. After a great day of skiing, come inside to some great music and bites. See full schedule:

Date:Music Artist:
February 17Jordan Kaulback
February 18Humble Strings
February 21Ryan McCalmon
February 25Austin & Green Duo
March 3Jordan Kaulback
March 4Invite The Wild
March 10TJ Swan
March 11Toby McAllister
March 17Jordan Kaulback
March 18The Mallett Brothers
March 24Austin & Green Duo
March 25Kitty And TJ

King Of The Mountain Hill Climb:

Registration for the loudest party in the east opened recently. This event runs from Friday, April 21, to Saturday, April 22. This two-day event is presented by Hight Family of Dealerships, BOSS Power Equipment, and WIN Waste Innovations. Hurry – as this event will be capped for numbers. Register now to secure your spot!

Click HERE to add yourself to the race!

Lollipop Race:

Calling all kids 12 and under, Every Sunday at Saddleback, the Rangeley Alpine Ski Club will be co-hosting this event with the Saddleback Ski School. From 1-2, the gates will be open for racing followed by awards on the deck. contact the Ski School desk to sign up. The race takes place on skiers right of Royal Tiger, just below the Rangeley Chair. For more information, see the link below.

saddlebackmaine.com

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. Click the link below to see last night’s sunset!

saddlebackmaine.com

Last Chair:

If you’ve been out on the slopes or checking Instagram wishing you were clipped in, you would know how great skiing was in the state this past week. We expect more of the same this weekend.

If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this winter, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!

Weather:

Back to back, Friday rain events. Again, us “fair-weather” skiers will enjoy the inside activities while all the diehards go out and rip it up. We will meet again on Saturday for some great laps under the sun.

Make sure to check out the Mountain Lift Status, as lifts and trails will be changing throughout the day and onto the weekend. Click the link below for more.

mainelyskiing.com

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:30 25 36
Low:2 18 28
Based out of Rangeley

Stay Dry, Mainely Skiers!

– Keegan

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Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (February 10, 2023)

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!

Photo: Maine Drone Imaging

Mountain Report:

Mountain NameTrails OpenPercent Open
Saddleback68 / 68100%
Sugarloaf134 / 16283%
Sunday River128 / 13992%
Pleasant Mountain32 / 4768%

Trail of the Day: Lower Kancamangus (Pleasant Mountain)

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:
Lollipop Races @ SaddlebackJanuary 1April 2Every Sunday
Homeschool Day @ Titcomb MountainFebruary 16February 16One Day
President’s Week @ Sunday RiverFebruary 17February 2610 Days
8th. Annual WinterpalozaFebruary 19February 19One Day
2nd. Annual February Fest @ SaddlebackFebruary 24February 24One Day

Carrabassett Fat Tire Race:

Take part in the Carrabassett Fat Tire Race happening in the town of Carrabassett on Sunday, February 12. Click the link below to sign up. Hurry – as event registration closes on Friday, February 10.

sugarloaf.com

February Fest:

On February 24, Saddleback Presents: The 2nd Annual February Festival at Saddleback Mountain Presented by Skowhegan Savings Bank Plus, the Torchlight Parade & Live Music! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to spend time with the Saddleback Family on that Friday of February Break. For more information, click the link below.

saddlebackmaine.com

Après Music Series:

Don’t Miss Saddleback’s Après Music Series up in The Pub. After a great day of skiing, come inside to some great music and bites. See full schedule:

Date:Music Artist:
February 10Barney Martin
February 11Toby McAllister
February 17Jordan Kaulback
February 18Humble Strings
February 21Ryan McCalmon
February 25Austin & Green Duo
March 3Jordan Kaulback
March 4Invite The Wild
March 10TJ Swan
March 11Toby McAllister
March 17Jordan Kaulback
March 18The Mallett Brothers
March 24Austin & Green Duo
March 25Kitty And TJ

King Of The Mountain Hill Climb:

Registration for the loudest party in the east opened recently. This event runs from Friday, April 21, to Saturday, April 22. This two-day event is presented by Hight Family of Dealerships, BOSS Power Equipment, and WIN Waste Innovations. Hurry – as this event will be capped for numbers. Register now to secure your spot!

Click HERE to add yourself to the race!

Lollipop Race:

Calling all kids 12 and under, Every Sunday at Saddleback, the Rangeley Alpine Ski Club will be co-hosting this event with the Saddleback Ski School. From 1-2, the gates will be open for racing followed by awards on the deck. contact the Ski School desk to sign up. The race takes place on skiers right of Royal Tiger, just below the Rangeley Chair. For more information, see the link below.

saddlebackmaine.com

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. Click the link below to see last night’s sunset!

saddlebackmaine.com

Last Chair:

Welcome back to the more positive temps! Oh have we missed them. What we haven’t missed is the non-frozen precipitation. Check out the upcoming weather for all the details.

If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this winter, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!

Weather:

As the weather is looking right now, Friday is a no-go – well, unless you want to get wet. For all the other “fair weather” skiers, like myself, we’ll snag the first chair on Saturday. Fortanly the rain doesn’t look like it’s going to do much damage to the slopes. Pray for snow!

Make sure to check out the Mountain Lift Status, as lifts and trails will be changing throughout the day and onto the weekend. Click the link below for more.

mainelyskiing.com

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:40 24 34
Low:17 15 17
Based out of Rangeley

Go rip it up!

– Keegan

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Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (December 30, 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.

saddlebackmaine.com

Mountain Report:

Saddleback: 54 / 68 Trails Open

Sugarloaf: 60 / 162 Trails Open

Sunday River: 55 / 139 Trails Open

Pleasant Mountain: 15 / 47 Trails Open

Trail of the Day: Royal Tiger (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:
Christmas Vacation WeekDecember 26December 30Five Days
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

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.

saddlebackmaine.com

Photo: Saddleback webcams base camera. Calm before the storm (Taken 12/15/22 @ 4:34pm)

Last Chair:

Yesterday was a treat if you were lucky enough to be out on the slopes. Think snow everyone – we need it! If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this winter, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!

Weather:

If you’re planning on going out for tomorrow or Sunday, 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 and with the warm temps, snowpack gets affected. 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.

mainelyskiing.com

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:45 44 40
Low:39 38 25
Based out of Rangeley

Stay dry, Mainely Skiers!

– Keegan

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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.

saddlebackmaine.com

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.

sundayriver.com

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.

saddlebackmaine.com

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!

Weather:

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.

mainelyskiing.com

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:47 14 17
Low:9 7 11
Based out of Rangeley

Stay dry, Mainely Skiers!

– Keegan

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Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (December 16, 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!

Photo: Saddleback’s Opening Day with a very familiar face holding the sign 😉

Snow On The Way:

It’s happening!!! The first big snowfall of the 2022-23 winter season is upon us. Some mountains are calling for over 1 foot of snow with a possibility of seeing up to 14 inches! Keep doing those snow dances, Mainely Skiers! I knew they would pay off eventually. Keep tabs on your mountain’s Snow Report page for snow totals.

Photo: Andy Gagne Photography

Mountain Report:

Saddleback: 6 / 68 Trails Open

Sugarloaf: 23 / 162 Trails Open

Sunday River: 26 / 139 Trails Open

Pleasant Mountain: 6 / 47 Trails Open

Trail of the Day: Green Weaver (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:
Jordan 8 Opening (*postponed)TBATBA
Winterfest Weekend @ Sunday RiverDecember 17December 18Two Days
Demo Day @ SugarloafDecember 18December 18One Day
Christmas Vacation WeekDecember 26December 30Five Days

Pleasant Mountain Opening Day:

Pleasant Mountain opens today with 6 trails and 3 lifts. They are opening with Rabbit Run, Lil’ Pine, West Slope, Happiness Is, The Main, and Pine Slope. Those trails can be accessed by the Pine Quad, Rabbit Run Triple, and Li’l Pine Beginner Carpet. For more information, click the link below.

pleasantmountain.com

Photo: Pleasant Mountain

Jordan 8 Opening:

Due to snow conditions, Sunday River has made the difficult call to postpone the Grand Opening of the Jordan 8 lift to a later date. Sunday River’s Jordan 8 lift, as part of the Sunday River 2030 plan, had a tentative opening date of December 17 (we will post an update on Twitter and our Instagram story when the date gets announced). 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.

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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.

saddlebackmaine.com

Photo: Andy Gagne Photography

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.

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Photo: Saddleback webcams base camera. Calm before the storm (Taken 12/15/22 @ 4:34pm)

Last Chair:

With this weekend going to be one heck of a pow day, you might want to get ready! We know you’ll want to be up in the mountains the whole weekend and if you haven’t already, book your lodging now! Click here for lodging information. If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this winter, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!

Weather:

Keep doing those snow dances!! They are working and we will be in for a treat this weekend. Make sure to check with your local mountain’s Snow Report page for snow totals and other helpful information. Saturday looks like we’ll be skiing in the snow so you might want to invest in some Gore-Tex if you haven’t already. Warm and dry is the name of the game.

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

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Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:31 32 29
Low:29 23 22
Based out of Rangeley

Hip Hip Hooray, There’s snow on the way!

– Keegan

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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 saddlebackmaine.com/dining
  • 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.

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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.

sundayriver.com

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.

saddlebackmaine.com

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.

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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.

saddlebackmaine.com

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!

Weather:

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.

mainelyskiing.com

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:34 28 26
Low:10 6 11
Based out of Rangeley

Thanks for colder weather!

– Keegan

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Weekly Email

Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (November 25, 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!

Photo: Sunday River – New England is open for skiing!

The Pub at Saddleback:

The Pub at Saddleback welcomes us back today, Friday, November 25. They open at 11:00am. With a new menu and some new faces in the kitchen, it’s going to be a great year up in the pub! Click the link below to see upcoming hours along with a sneak peek at the menu.

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Photo: Saddleback Maine – Buffalo Mac & Cheese

Mountain Report:

Saddleback: 0 / 68 Trails Open

Sugarloaf: 16 / 162 Trails Open

Sunday River: 16 / 135 Trails Open

Pleasant Mountain: 0 / 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:
Saddleback Pub Reopens for Winter SeasonNovember 25November 25On Day
Saddleback Cyber DealNovember 20November 29Ten Days
Ski Patrol Christmas Dinner @ SaddlebackDecember 10December 10One Day
Pleasant Mountain Opening DayDecember 10December 10One Day
Holiday Tree Lighting @ SugarloafDecember 10December 10One Day
Winterfest Weekend @ Sunday RiverDecember 17December 18Two Days
Christmas Vacation WeekDecember 26December 30Five Days

Cyber Deals:

Don’t miss out on the deal of the season! Saddleback came out with Buy One, Get One lift tickets. For $79 dollars, it’s a no-brainer if you’re planning on skiing with your best bud on the same day. With no blackout dates, this brings the ticket price down to $40 per person. Make sure you check this deal out before it runs out. Offer expires on 11/29. For more information and to purchase, click the link below.

saddlebackmaine.com

Photo: Andy Gagne Photography

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 received delivery of the Bullwheels and the bottom terminal has started to take form. Click the link below to watch them build the new Sandy Quad.

saddlebackmaine.com

Photo: Saddleback Base Camera Webcam overlooking the Rangeley Express and new Sandy Quad Construction. (Photo Taken 11/10/22 @ 11:22am)

Last Chair:

How about those temps this week? Snowmakers were really able to crank out that white gold. If you’re ripping it up on the slopes this winter, make sure to tag us on Twitter (@mainelyskiing) and we’ll repost!

Weather:

Thanks to Mother Nature, snowmakers were able to capitalize on the colder temps. Sadly, it looks like crews will need to halt production as this weekend’s temps and weather are not favorable for good snowmaking. Make sure to check out the Mountain Lift Status as things could change on a dime. Click the link below for more.

mainelyskiing.com

Day:Friday:Saturday:Sunday:
High:37 36 44
Low:23 31 34
Based out of Rangeley

Fingers crossed for solid precipitation!

– Keegan