Summer Fun

Mainely Skiing Weekly Email (August 26, 2022)

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!

Photo: Sugarloaf

Alec MacGillivary:

Don’t miss Alec MacGillivary and Band performing at Saddleback on Saturday, August 27. Bringing together Nashville style and Boston swagger, singer-songwriter Alec MacGillivray brings a party atmosphere with him, wherever he goes. With his dynamic live performances making him a “must-see” emerging artist, Alec has entertained audiences in theaters, clubs, and festivals across America and supported major touring acts such as Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, and Cole Swindell. For more information or to get tickets, click the link below.

Calendar Adds:

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:
Friday Fire and Marshmallow RoastMay 27August 26Every Friday
Kids Free Nature WalkMay 28August 27Every Saturday
Sunday Funday GeocachingMay 29September 18Every Sunday
Saddleback Lake Sunset Canoe TripMay 29September 18Every Sunday
Afternoon Common Loon PaddleJune 1August 31Every Wednesday
Haley Pond Sunset SUPJune 1September 14Every Wednesday
Free Kids Bike Group TripJune 2September 1Every Thursday
Morning Flow YogaJune 4August 27Every Saturday
Hatha YogaJune 5August 28Every Sunday
Sunday River Scenic Lift RidesJuly 3October 10Every Day

Jordan 8 Update:

Progress on Sunday River’s newest lift, Jordan 8, a Doppelmayr 8-person high-speed lift, is moving fast. The top terminal’s concrete foundations got poured last week. Typically, crews will work on one terminal at a time and they have almost completed the bottom terminal. They received the parts from Europe and the tower heads have been assembled. Just a few things left before it’s ripping us up the mountain. Check out this video from Sunday River’s Facebook Page.

Photo: Tower Heads for Jordan 8

Sugarloaf Pump House:

Throughout the off-season, crews at Sugarloaf have been busy building a booster pump house above Bullwinkle’s. During a press release, the mountain said “The new pump house, combined with the addition of 107 new high-efficiency HKD snowguns will increase the number of guns the resort can run simultaneously under optimal conditions from roughly 130 to nearly 230. This will allow the resort to cover and open more terrain earlier in the season.” All of this is working for a better western mountain experience with the upcoming West Mountain High-Speed Lift and Timberline replacement/upgrade in the following years.

Photo: Maine Drone Imaging
Photo: Maine Drone Imaging

Kids Bike Group Trip:

Saddleback’s bike trails are located in the South Branch area of the lower mountain. These gradually sloped trails include sections great for beginner riders. This weekly kid’s program will work on the transition from pavement riding to gravel and downhill biking. This program will run from June 2nd through the Thursday before Labor Day weekend.

  • BYOB – Bring Your Own Bike, or arrange to rent from the mountain.
  • Children will need to be registered and a waiver will be signed by a parent or guardian. Drop-ins are welcome, but participation requires a signed waiver.

Photo: Saddleback Maine

Scenic Lift Rides:

Before summer started, we talked about various mountains offering lift rides throughout the off-season. Both Sugarloaf and Sunday River have picked it up again with rides up/down the mountain. The Chondola will be taking people from the base of the mountain to North Peak and the SuperQuad will be spinning to allow the use of the SuperQuad area of Sugarloaf. The Chondola is dog, kid, and grandparent-friendly, so you’ll want to pack up your whole family for this scenic adventure. Lift rides are available from 10AM-4PM on Saturdays and Sundays from early July to mid-October. You can buy tickets online in advance, but will need to pick up your tickets upon arrival. You can also purchase tickets on-site at the various lodges and base areas. Lift tickets will be issued until 3:30PM or until capacity is reached. If you plan to ride the lift back to the bottom, please load before 4PM. For more information, visit the links below.

Photo: Sunday River

Friday Fire And Marshmallow Roast:

Who doesn’t love a good marshmallow roast? S’mores anyone? Make sure you sign up for these special events so you can get out into the community with the people you normally ski with! Just like the marshmallow roasts they did in the winter just warmer, make sure it’s on your calendar!


This summer, Saddleback will be hosting a range of yoga classes taught by various certified yoga instructors. See the list below for the difference in classes. To see what class fits your busy life, click over to our Events Page

  • Morning Flow Yoga – Saturday Mornings from 8:30 – 9:30 am
    This program is taught by Carrol & Robert and runs from June 4 to August 27.
  • Hatha Yoga – Sunday Mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 am
    This program is taught by Kristina and runs from June 5 to August 28.
Photo: Saddleback Maine

Nature Walk and Geocaching:

Are your kids itching to get out of the house? Maybe some geocaching is in their future! Or, something for the whole family, a good ol’ walk in our back yard! Whatever you fancy, Saddleback has your outdoor goals. As the time gets closer, we’ll go into more detail.

  • Nature Walk – Every Saturday starting May 28 Click here
  • Geocaching – Every Sunday starting May 29 Click here
Photo: Saddleback Maine

Saddleback Webcams:

Have you visited the Saddleback Webcams? With three cameras scattered across the mountain, you’re guaranteed to get the best sunset. You can 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 poured concrete for the bottom terminal and work is still going on. Click the link below to watch them build the new Sandy Quad.

Photo: Top of the World (8/1/22 @ 7:55pm)


The cool days and rain were nice to keep our lawns in good shape, but it wasn’t very helpful to get outside and do something fun. However, mother nature is throwing us a bone here and sending warm weather our way!

High:68 69 75
Low:55 49 56
Based out of Rangeley

Enjoy one of the last weekends of summer!