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    Has wind issues sure but the the trails are classically cut new england style terrain that follow the natural fall line and hold snow very well---not wide open boulevards that go straight down (i.e. ice loaf)

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  2. #662
    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    Has wind issues sure but the the trails are classically cut new england style terrain that follow the natural fall line and hold snow very well---not wide open boulevards that go straight down (i.e. ice loaf)
    or Cannonball!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck it View Post
    or Cannonball!!!!
    Well said---Cannonball is what the majority of SL terrain is.
    Wildcat terrain is akin to Saddleback IMHO in terms of how it skis and is cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    Has wind issues sure but the the trails are classically cut new england style terrain that follow the natural fall line and hold snow very well---not wide open boulevards that go straight down (i.e. ice loaf)
    Hold snow because the trails are cut right or because of the low skier volume they received? I would speculate IF Saddleback had drawn the skier count they would have needed to be sustainable as a business, that snow hold might not be as good as it was. It's distance is still it's biggest hindrance, with name recognition a strong second. I bet many outside of core North East skiers wouldn't even recognize the name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Hold snow because the trails are cut right or because of the low skier volume they received? I would speculate IF Saddleback had drawn the skier count they would have needed to be sustainable as a business, that snow hold might not be as good as it was. It's distance is still it's biggest hindrance, with name recognition a strong second. I bet many outside of core North East skiers wouldn't even recognize the name.
    Both. The way they are cut, lower skier volume, prevailing wind etc

    It's an incredibly well designed mtn to take advantage of the terrain for all ability levels. I do agree it is a drive but again no further than SL coming from the South
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    Also snow qty: Highest annual totals in NH/ME and on par with MRV and north in VT

    Quality: Dry and the lack of thaw/freeze events really helps them out. Then of course they benefit from those cold rain storms that crush VT and NH but then radar flips back to blue when it gets into the high Alpine of Western Maine. Some really awesome/localized snows can crush the mtn when the rest of New England is getting cold rain.
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    The amount of snow they still had at the close of the 2015 season could have been measured with multiple yard sticks. In the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    Has wind issues sure but the the trails are classically cut new england style terrain that follow the natural fall line and hold snow very well---not wide open boulevards that go straight down (i.e. ice loaf)
    Lower Rangeley chair yes, sheltered trails. Upper Kennebago chair not so much.

  9. #669
    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    There are no other mtns (in my lifetime) that have gone NELSAP with as much potential (both actual and future dreaming) as Saddleback.
    There is so much that is already built up there...with the exception of the Rangeley basically new primary lift, new/gorgeous lodge, awesome terrain, and quite a lot of on mtn condos.

    It's not like you are starting from scratch or have old infrastructure and no bed base.....the majority of it is all there.

    [B]At this point I'm almost hoping Les runs into so much red tape at the Balsams that he turns his focus westward. Anything to save the place. It's far too special and unique to just fade away.


    I have had the same thought. As far as I can see, Saddleback has far more potential than The Balsams ever could have.

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    Always loved it there especially off the quad. Sad to see this.
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