Saddleback, Maine is certainly a big mountain, with a 2,000-foot vertical drop and a top lift elevation over 4,000 feet, one of only seven ski mountains in New England that high. But it's prices are comparable to those of a small mountain.
The Berry Family, owners of Saddleback since 2003, are committed to making skiing and riding affordable, particularly for Maine residents like themselves. Saddleback puts a big mountain experience within the means of most every skier and rider.
Day tickets are $59 Sunday through Friday and $69 Saturday and holidays, which is $10-20 less than other large resorts. There are also special rates for juniors, kids, seniors, college students and members of the military. If you’re still in the market for a season pass, Saddleback’s has no blackout dates.
Every Wednesday except holiday periods you can buy the $10 Bring a Friend Ticket. Purchase an adult day ticket for $59 and your friend's ticket is $10. (Not available Feb. 18)
Maine Day is one day each month when state residents with a valid ID can come ski Saddleback for $39. Mainers can also save on Feb. 1, March 1, and April 5.
Families and groups looking for afffordable lodging can ski and stay for $69 midweek, non-holiday, at a trailside condo with lift tickets.
PEAK Season Passes, (Promoting Education and Activity for Kids), is designed to encourage students to perform well in school, promote getting outside and encourage the enjoyment of winter sports. Any student K-12 who makes the honor roll is eligible to purchase a Saddleback season pass for just $149.00. This is a savings of $200-$300 off a Junior Pass (ages 7-18). PEAK Passes are available for purchase through Jan. 31, 2015.
Photo: Top: New Year welcomes plenty of pow at Saddleback (Facebook); Bottom: Saddleback lodge overlooks Rangeley Lake and the mountains of Maine. (Saddleback).