WHY: We know why you haven’t been here yet: because it’s wicked friggin’ hard to get to. But Saddleback is worth the trip. Think Mad River Glen with way better views (look at the pretty lake!) and above-treeline snowfields. When Mainers get sick of all the phonies at nearby Sugarloaf (irony alert), this is where they go for soul skiing.
WHAT: If you’ve had your fill of the keep-you-on-your-toes Casablanca glades for the day, keep traversing east to Muleskinner, a classic, narrow twister in the New England tradition.
WHERE: The Swig ’n’ Smelt, up- stairs in the base lodge, has the best ski- bar name anywhere and is fun for a few après. Otherwise, it’s BYO nightlife here.