Too broke to pay for a lift ticket? Want to win a season’s pass to one of Maine’s best secrets? Try Randonnee.
Saturday, that’s tomorrow, folks, Saddleback is hosting the Mountain Challenge. The route traces the Rangeley, Maine, ski area’s boundaries. It covers more than seven miles and rises 18,000 feet, taking in terrain ranging from beginner blues to Saddleback’s gnarliest black.
Competitors will race up the mountain on Hudson’s Highway to America using ski mountaineering equipment (metal edges required), then jockey for position as they traverse the area’s summit ridge before descending double-black Muleskinner.
First prize is a season’s pass for the 2009-2010; second prize is pair of Black Diamond adjustable poles; third prize is SmartWool accessories. No lift ticket is required, but the entry fee is $25, which includes a tee shirt and spaghetti dinner. Advance registration isn’t required, but more information and online registration is avaiable at www.SaddlebackMaine.com.