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    Never got to try it in its old incarnation so I'm excited to get another chance. Always heard great things. Will be great to pair with a Sugarloaf trip. Went snowmobiling in Rangeley 15 years ago, lovely town.
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  2. #312
    Quote Originally Posted by Zand View Post
    Never got to try it in its old incarnation so I'm excited to get another chance. Always heard great things. Will be great to pair with a Sugarloaf trip. Went snowmobiling in Rangeley 15 years ago, lovely town.
    I was there twice, closed once, wind, lower mountain only the other. Stoked to ski it some day.

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  3. #313
    What a saddleback like? Compared to sugarloaf? it seems to have a kind of similar layout/trail scheme? Or comparison to a different NE mountain? Can’t wait to get there next season.


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  4. #314
    Quote Originally Posted by skicub View Post
    What a saddleback like? Compared to sugarloaf? it seems to have a kind of similar layout/trail scheme? Or comparison to a different NE mountain? Can’t wait to get there next season.


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    It's pretty unique. I'd say Burke is a decent comparison, only Saddleback is steeper and slightly larger. Also better snow as it's higher in elevation and further North, so you get fewer rain/thaw events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skicub View Post
    What a saddleback like? Compared to sugarloaf? it seems to have a kind of similar layout/trail scheme? Or comparison to a different NE mountain? Can’t wait to get there next season.


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    It is not like Sugarloaf, really, at all. It does have snow and ski trails and lifts, but a totally different vibe. My favorite ski trip is the Loaf one day, grab a room at the Cabin Hotel, then ski a day at Saddleback. Totally different vibes.

    The loaf, well, we all know it pretty well. Long, wide open trails, by and large, HSQ to get you up, crowds, Nice terrain. Several days' worth of fun.

    Saddleback, the trails are a little narrower, closer proximity to the trees, .... not so industrial like skiing, if you get my drift. Much more scenic. The snow doesn't get skied off so fast due to lack of crowds. They used to blow good deep snow and the groomers would do a top notch job of pushing it back on the slopes and grooming it nice and deep. A good day's worth of fun.

    More winding trails here and there, or at least, the proportion of them seems more. I mean, the loaf is so big, that they would just naturally have more of everything that Saddleback has. Also, it used to be that the lodge didn't charge exorbitant prices for food. Some of these features, are going to be up to new management. They need to make coin, obviously, but they can control food and beverage pricing, snowmaking and grooming.

    Overall, just a more laid back, pleasant enjoyable skiing experience. It'll be interesting to get your take on it next season!
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  6. #316
    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    It's pretty unique. I'd say Burke is a decent comparison, only Saddleback is steeper and slightly larger. Also better snow as it's higher in elevation and further North, so you get fewer rain/thaw events.

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    It's funny, I was actually thinking of starting a thread about which places are most alike others. Not sure if it would be of interest, but could be fun given how unique each area is.

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    Uphillklimber did a good job of describing.

    I will only add that if you love tree skiing, Saddleback is it for the east. I'd place it above Sugarloaf and on par with Jay. I skied there about 4-5 times over 3 yrs before they closed. Casablanca gets a lot of attention and is great but I also found that the non-casablanca glades are really great. Intimidator, Nightmare, Thrombosis, Dark wizard are all great tree skiing runs. The mountain has a nice consistent fall line and the spacing of the trees is good. I skied there on some trips where the conditions weren't that great but somehow we always found great stuff in the trees.

    I think the combination of the laid back vibe that a lot have referenced with the large percentage of good tree skiing creates an experience that is unique in the east.

    Once you've skied it, you'll understand. And as I've said before - getting rid of that awful slow double for a HSQ = that's going to take the mountain up another notch or two from where it was.

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    Saddleback Meeting

    On this board, the expert terrain pod gets most of the attention but I love the way the primary trail pod skis. Decently long runs with variety. A HSQ on that pod is going to be sick.



    Saddleback has the presence of a big eastern ski area. The overall width and look of it reminds me of Lincoln Peak at SB for some reason. Not the trails but the mountain itself.


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  9. #319
    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey View Post
    Uphillklimber did a good job of describing.
    +1

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    Bump.

    Saddleback is moving full steam ahead on removing the double. Hope it works out!

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