Oct 26, 2011
Trace a line formed by Maine's State Routes 16, 27, 4, and 142 and you will encircle some of the state's highest mountains. In the southern part of the circle you'll find the long, impressive mass of Saddleback Mountain, from whose summit drop the twisty, wooded trails of Saddleback the ski resort.
Sugarloaf boasts 138 trails, 15 lifts, and a bustling village at the base.
Even on the biggest dump days the place is peaceful: Lift lines barely push four minutes, and locals take leisurely dips into untracked shots all day.
Straddling the Idaho–Montana border in the Bitterroot Mountains, Lost Trail serves up glades, cliffs, and pillow lines—and deep, dry snow. Because Lost Trail is closed Monday through Wednesday, when the lifts start spinning on Thursday, the whole place is untracked. The resort has an old-school vibe and it’s not uncommon to see travelers camping in the parking lot and bag lunches in the cafeteria. There isn’t a scene really—no lodging or restaurants—just tons of snow. If only the rest of life were this simple.