Last Saturday Adam and I visited Saddleback in Rangeley, Maine. I had heard that it was tall, received lots of powder and attracted mostly local visitors. The drive is longer than to Sunday River or the White Mountains resorts, but close enough that a day trip is doable.
Kirsten, as her usual amazing self, woke early to prepare for Adam and I bagel breakfast sandwiches for the drive. The haul to Rangeley was filled with boring sights, many potholes and great conversation. We spent some time listening to The Atheist Experience and discussing the finer points of Drupal development.
*Tip: Get gas in Portland. Although there are places to fill up, they are far and few between.
Saddleback has a very slow double chair lift to the summit. From there you can easily get to a quad lift that allows access to a number of steep blacks and fast blues. I found a great trail in Supervisor, a steep groomed black just off the Kennebago Quad. Family Secret, just under the lift, was also very nice.
After lunch Adam traded in his rental skis for a snowboard. Adam is a strong skier, but only has a day or so on a snowboard, which slowed things down and allowed me time to practice riding switch (backwards). It took a while, but I began to get the feel of it. My brain knows exactly what to do, but the signal doesn’t seem to make it to my legs and feet in time. By the end of the day switch riding was becoming somewhat natural, if still very slow.
Shortly after leaving Saddleback Adam spotted a moose grazing on pine needles on the side of the road. We stopped with several other cars to watch and take pictures. I haven’t seen a wild moose since moving to Maine in 2007, so this was a real treat. I knew Kirsten, who has especially wanted to see one in the wild, would be a bit perturbed that she wasn’t there. Oh, well.
Saturday at Saddleback was my nineteenth day riding this season. I hope to get in my twentieth, and probably last, this weekend at Killington in Vermont with my mom. Pray for snow.
Enjoy the videos!
You’ve got to watch through at least forty seconds of this one. 🙂
If you’re into that kind of thing, you can download my KMZ file and open it up in Google Earth to see an animated presentation of the trails we rode (complete with pictures).