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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Posted: December 22, 2014

Snow before you go: Saddleback ski conditions report

Written by: Rhon Bell
Sunset from above Red and Blue Devil

Sunset from above Red and Blue Devil

My goal over the last week was to ski the top 3 mountains in Maine and report back on their conditions for Christmas and New Year’s breaks. The last on the list is Saddleback and it’s the place I learned to ski. I headed up Saturday morning in hopes of catching the first chair to my favorite trails at the top. Unfortunately, half of the trails and lifts were closed. Luckily for you, today is the day that every trail was opened and Saddleback is officially and fully open for business.

The sun rises over the chair mountain and the chair lift

The sun rises over the chair mountain and the chair lift

Snow covered is so colorful

Snow covered is so colorful

With plenty of man-made and natural snow at their disposal, I had first tracks on trails like Red Devil and Upper Professor with 6″ of fresh powder. There was a great base for the mid and lower mountain trails. Traffic is said to have been fairly slow thus far in the season – everyone has been busy shopping – so the trails are in great shape with powder to be found. Take advantage!

A winter's paradise atop Saddleback

A winter’s paradise atop Saddleback

Snow-making rainbows

Snow-making rainbows

The most powder I've ever seen on Red Devil

The most powder I’ve ever seen on Red Devil

Now with the Family Secret lift and the T-bar open, you’ll be one of the first skiers to hit top-of-mountain trails and discover plenty of corduroy and freshies. In the last week Saddleback’s guns have been pounding the top of the mountain to ensure the warmer weather to come this week doesn’t negatively impact skiing opportunities – so trails should hold up well and be in a good place come 2015. Here are some shots from Saturday!

Fog begins to lift and we begin carving some moguls

Fog begins to lift and we begin carving some moguls

We stare to the mountains to offer serenity

We stare to the mountains to offer serenity

Mountains of Rangeley beautifully lit

Mountains of Rangeley beautifully lit

Fresh Powder

Fresh Powder

We crank around in our chairs to take in the colors

We crank around in our chairs to take in the colors

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