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Maine’s premier family-friendly ski town

Alpine Skiing & Riding

Saddleback Mountain, seven miles from downtown Rangeley, is known as Maine’s friendliest big mountain. Skiers and boarders love its 2,000 vertical feet of varied terrain, including mogul runs and glades. Its 2,100-foot base elevation is the highest in Maine, ensuring great snow.

After a five-year hiatus, Saddleback is slated to reopen in late 2020. A new high-speed lift and renovated lodge will welcome fans returning to this unique, laid-back mountain.

From Rangeley, it’s an easy 29-mile drive to Sugarloaf, another of Maine’s big mountains. Two smaller, nearby ski areas are Titcomb Mountain (41 mins) and Black Mountain of Maine (43 miles).

November snowfall on Saddleback Mt. Photo by Kyle Haley

Nordic Skiing

The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center , at the foot of Saddleback Mountain, is a favorite destination of skiers from across Maine. Spanning 8,000 acres of pristine wilderness, it has over 30 miles of Nordic ski trails, groomed for both classic and skate skiing. Visitors can warm up in the Center’s yurt lodge and enjoy hot drinks and soup all winter. Ski rentals are available, as well as lessons.

The Center’s annual Rangeley Loppet is a Nordic ski race celebrating its 25th year in 2021. It features both classic and skate divisions and distances up to 50K. It always ends with a festive apr├Ęs-ski meal sponsored by local restaurants.

2020 Rangeley Loppet. Photo RLTC

 

 

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center

524 Saddleback Mountain Rd
Dallas Plt, ME

207-864-4309
Over 30 miles of groomed trails make this a top destination for Nordic skiers, bikers, and hikers from across Maine. Spans 8,000 acres of wilderness near Saddleback Mountain.