Hit the ski trails at one of the region’s ski areas and enjoy the State of Maine’s unsurpassed big mountain beauty! Western Maine’s mountains provide alpine skiiers and snowboarders with some of the most challenging trails and best snow conditions in the northeastern U.S. Terrains vary from easy, gentle beginner trails to intermediate and very steep advanced slopes. Trails are long and well groomed, yet lift lines are usually shorter than those of Vermont and New Hampshire, giving skiiers more runs per day and more value for the dollar.
Saddleback Mountain, the Rangeley Lakes’ Region premier ski area, averages about 200 inches of snowfall annually, and is well equipped with the latest snow-making equipment, providing the very best conditions possible based on weather and temperature. This less crowded family-oriented resort offers 66 trails and glades that weave down the 4,000 foot mountain which offers a 2,000 foot vertical drop. Trails are equally distributed among beginner, intermediate, and advanced and are serviced by 5 lifts (two quad chairs, two double chairs and one T-bar). A cafeteria, lounge, ski equipment rentals and retail shop, ski school, and nursery are all available in the base lodge. Saddleback Ski Area is located seven miles from the Village of Rangeley and is open from late November through mid April. For more information, call 207-864-5671, or for the latest skiing conditions, call the “snow phone” at 207-864-3380, or visit the Saddleback Ski Area website.
Several other downhill ski areas, including Sugarloaf/USA Ski Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel, and Titcomb Mountain in Farmington, are all located less than an hour from Rangeley.
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