RANGELEY – This year Saddleback Maine will offer skiers and snowboarders a new glade called Casablanca. It will be the largest glade in the Northeast, with 44 acres of inbound un-groomed tree skiing. The mountain will open its 66th trail, a single black diamond called ‘Family Secret.’
Casablanca will offer a challenging double black diamond glade experience, with chutes, steeps, tight lines, and open areas for cruising. There is so much space that skiers and riders will think they have the place to themselves. Locals and employees are excited because they predict there will be “freshies” nearly every day. The on-mountain trail crews also predict that the nature of how the glade lays on the mountain it will help catch, keep, and hold large quantities of snow.
“Our latest improvements are designed to capitalize on what makes Saddleback different from other mountains in Maine. The new glade at Saddleback will draw people to the mountain who are eager to get off the groomed trails and experience a high alpine adventure unlike any other in the East,” stated Warren Cook, CEO and general manager of Saddleback Maine. “The terrain and the beauty, complemented by our Saddleback Guest Service, will create an unforgettable experience.”
Saddleback is also introducing two new snow groomers and tillers to the grooming fleet, one of which is an impressive Winch Cat. There will be snowmaking improvements as well.
Saddleback Realty is completing 12 on-mountain condominiums prior to winter as well. The new South Branch condos offer elegant wood frame construction with wood shingle siding, all surrounded by scenic views of the mountains. Still in the works for next season are a new chairlift and an expanded base lodge.