Saddleback Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 20 Beginner
  • 20 Intermediate
  • 17 Advanced
  • 9 Expert
Saddleback is a large ski resort in Maine (US). It has the second highest bases in New England at 2,460 feet, and covers 2000 feet vertical drop. The mountain has all the different types of terrain, and this terrain is nicely separated with lifts going to easy areas, intermediate areas, and difficult areas, almost exclusively. Saddleback also has convenient base ... lodging (condominiums and lodges), offers ski and snowboard rental and schooling, and has dining and relaxing areas. During the summer, Saddleback hosts a bluegrass festival and recreational activities. Read more

Saddleback Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Saddleback Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 5

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 66

Weekend Hours


Saddleback Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

2,460 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,000 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

4,120 ft

Saddleback Ski Pictures and Photos

Saddleback Logo
Saddleback Trail Map

Saddleback Reviews & Tips (19)

I've had a camp at Saddleback Lake for over 15 years, have skied SB many times, and have a love/hate relationship with it. Big mountain, very picturesque and remote, very good terrain, and often excellent snow. The problem is limited lift capacity, often broken lifts, frequent wind holds, and a poorly laid and poorly managed base lodge. If you're there when it's busy, ski the t-bar and Kennebago quad and avoid the Rangeley double, which has ridiculous, poorly managed lines, stops often, and is long and slow. Unless you are a beginner, avoid the lower quad like the plague. Last year I made the mistake and was stuck there for an hour while they repeatedly loaded 1,2's, and 3's in quad chairs. Ski mid-week, Sun rather than Sat, often the last day of a holiday week it empties out.
Saddleback review written Dec 30 2014 - 09:04 AM
Russ Advanced Skier
Saddleback is huge and cold. As one of New England's largest ski resorts you could ski for a week and still not be bored. This also means that it can be more expensive and crowded than other mountains. It's high elevations mean that it is usually very cold and lifts often go on wind hold. That all said it is still an amazing resort for all abilities and is one of only two ski areas in New England ski resort that offers above tree line skiing. See full report here:
Saddleback review written Nov 11 2014 - 09:21 AM
Newenglandskier13 Advanced Skier
My favorite mountain hands down. I learned to ski here 30 years ago and I come back every year. It has expanded and gotten better and better. Yes the main lift is a two seater and you can have a wait but its worth it. The views are stunning, the snow is always great, there are some challenging and fun areas like the Casablanca glades and Muleskinner and I love all the blues off the double chair. Take Silver Doctor or America and have your breath taken away by the view. Incredible! Also I love the lodge and the bar, the people are laid back and happy and even when packed the trails seem empty.
Saddleback review written Mar 17 2014 - 08:49 AM
Heidi Intermediate Skier
I love saddleback, breath takin views wide variation of trails only one huge draw back the double chair that test even the most patient skier patience ..
Saddleback review written Mar 07 2014 - 05:16 PM
SkiMex5 Advanced Skier
My family skied February vacation week 2014. Conditions were as always fantastic though wind did "hold" the lifts on a few of the days. My kids enjoyed another half day of lessons and got some great tips for skiing the more advanced trails with my wife and I. Lift operators and staff are top notch; very helpful as soon as you step out of your car to unload. We plan on doing the same trip next year!
Saddleback review written Feb 22 2014 - 04:35 PM
Chris Advanced Skier
One of he best kept secrets in new england. great trails for all levels. terrific ski instructors, always space to ski. wonderful family atmosphere, people who watch out for each other on the hill. can't say enough good things.
Saddleback review written Feb 22 2014 - 04:24 PM
p1ngP0ngB0y Intermediate Skier
It is best to get early runs when spring skiing,becauae the trails are freshly groomed and the trails wont get skied off from the later arriving skiers
Saddleback review written Apr 22 2013 - 02:48 PM
DAVE V. Advanced Skier
Saddleback has great terrain which is only outdone by the staff who work the resort. Managers are passionate and friendly, lifties are in a great mood, and mountain ambassadors are visible and welcoming you before you've even put your skis down on snow. The mountain, well, it speaks for itself. Great cruising terrain and phenomenal glades off the Kennebago Quad are more than enough for me to say "I can't wait to come back".
Saddleback review written Apr 09 2013 - 02:07 PM
Cole Fawcett Advanced Skier
I am a new skier and Saddleback provided the perfect terrain for me. The Green runs are great and everything is so well groomed. I went with my family and a bunch of friends with kids Saddleback offered something for everyone. Also, the people who are working there are very nice and helpful. Hats off to a great ski area.
Saddleback review written Mar 17 2013 - 07:15 PM
Beth Beginner Skier
Pick the right route (in winter) to get there, and once you arrive you'll know the drive was well worth it. Outstanding ski terrain -- all kinds of treats, with all levels of ability supported. Great resort - friendly/helpful staff in the lodge and on the hill. Loved the many selections of glades and steeps. This is one of the best kept secrets in the North East. The views and vistas are incredible from the top. Fantastic snow conditions as of 8-10Mar.
Saddleback review written Mar 13 2013 - 05:05 AM
Ed Sherman Advanced Skier
Every year I ask my kids if they want to try another mountain, but they insist on going back to Saddleback -- which my wife and I are thrilled about!
Saddleback review written Mar 02 2013 - 05:33 PM
BigCountry Advanced Skier
Saddleback has ruined all other mountains in the east for me. The view from the peak is breathtaking with intermediates to chose from the whole way down. Only ever waited in short lines when we skied there president's day holiday. Ski school is fantastic. Both my kids learned to ski here & continue to take lessons when we go back. Friendly atmosphere, great grooming, fun trails, I can't say enough about this place. I feel like nothing else in the east gives me all this.
Saddleback review written Jan 29 2013 - 03:37 PM
Ski Mom Intermediate Skier
Well worth the trip . Stunning & breathtaking... The views on top of the Saddleback speak for themselves . Casablanca , powder & a warming hut that serves food on the upper part of the mt ;so you don t miss anything ....
Saddleback review written Jan 17 2013 - 08:07 PM
Yukon Advanced Snowboarder
Saddleback is the best place to ski in the east, hands down. Inexpensive tickets, short lift lines, great terrain, and enormous amounts of snow are just a few of the mountains many great aspects. Sure, people argue that it is not as big as neighboring Sugarloaf and doesn't have as much vertical. But what Saddleback lacks in size it makes up for in character. Its small-town charm mixed with the big mountain experience is something that can not be found anywhere else in New England. The steep, winding, classic new england runs of the Kennebago area including Muleskinner and the new Casablanca glade makes saddleback a top resort for the advanced skier. Saddleback has it all will always be number 1 on my list.
Saddleback review written Nov 04 2012 - 10:49 AM
trailmap Advanced Skier
My daughter and I skied Saddleback 3-21-2012. The conditions were great for spring, lot of slop, water running over trails, etc. Saddleback handled it with ease. Best mountain in the East. The temperature was in the high 70*, my only regret was I didnt bring shorts! We will make Saddleback our primary ski destination.
Saddleback review written Mar 24 2012 - 04:11 AM
Jim Intermediate Skier
Best grooming in the East. With little snow, spring conditions the staff did a fabulous job grooming the wet snow. NICE!
Saddleback review written Mar 14 2012 - 02:33 PM
"Old snowboarder" Advanced Snowboarder
Saddleback is an unknown gem! Inexpensive, great terrain, no lines, friendly staff, beautiful lodge, the BEST ski school -- an amazing family mountain.
Saddleback review written Mar 10 2012 - 02:51 PM
Michelle Intermediate Skier
If anyone has ever been to Wildcat in Nh, you will learn the joy fullness of Saddleback, narrow trails and steep, it was a blast, Kind of reminded me like Wildcat, to a degree. How ever don't take my word go to Saddleback yourself and enjoy such a wonderful Mountain as I did. The mogules were outstanding, trails were fun, had a great time, this will be a yearly trip for me.
Saddleback review written Mar 08 2012 - 05:02 AM
Batman Advanced Skier
Saddleback is a great mountain. Pure Maine skiing at its best! Great glades, narrow winding bump trails and one of the best learning areas in the Northeast. And now you can save money on Saddleback lift tickets at Liftopia! You can get a detailed review about Saddleback at my Ski blog 'A Family Skiing in Maine'.
Saddleback review written Nov 09 2011 - 04:33 AM
MaineSkiFamily Advanced Skier

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