Rangeley is not just for our summer visitors! People from all over New England head up to this western mountain town to enjoy winter activities in the Rangeley Lakes area. After a five year shut down, Saddleback Mountain reopened for the winter of 2020/2021 and is better than ever. It’s not just skiing that brings visitors this way though, snowmobiling is one of the biggest reasons guests come to the Rangeley area in the winter. If you are looking for a quieter, calmer time spent in nature this winter, check out the miles of snowshoe and cross country trails open to the public as well!
Saddleback is Back!! Guests visiting Saddleback Mountain will be delighted by the various trails all over the mountain that are perfect for skiers of any level. With 68 runs and a vertical drop of 2000′, skiers are so excited to get back to this family friendly mountain for a day of skiing or snowboarding. New to skiing? Check out the lessons that are offered by the knowledgeable staff at Saddleback that will get you comfortable on the slopes in no time. If you don’t have the equipment needed for skiing, no worries, the ski rental shop can hook you up and get you out on the slopes. Don’t forget, a warm meal or drink in a beautiful base lodge is part of making a ski day a great experience as well!!
Ice Skating on Haley Pond
Ever been ice skating on a pond? Right in the center of downtown Rangeley is Haley Pond, and the ice is cleared for you and your family so you can enjoy this outdoor activity day or night! Ecopelagicon, the nature store right on the shore of Haley Pond, has ice skates for the whole family, so everyone can get out and try it! Rinks are cleared for the big Pond Hockey Tournament as well each year, so if you aren’t really into skating, go and support a favorite team during your stay.
Sledding at Mingo Springs Golf Course
Where do the locals go for sledding, Mingo Springs Golf course is the answer! Located just two miles from the center of downtown Rangeley, the whole family can enjoy a morning of sledding down the hills at Mingo Springs Golf Course. No sleds or equipment is provided, but you can bring your own, park and meet new friends and you slide down the hill and enjoy the snow and beauty of a winter day!
Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing
The Rangeley Lakes Trail Center is half way up the access road to Saddleback Mountain. Offering over 55KM of secluded and scenic recreational trails for visitors to enjoy. Rent the equipment you need right at the yurt and get out and enjoy the groomed trails offered by the Trail Center. This is a great area for beginners and experts alike, so come and take a day to get outdoors and enjoy the peace, quiet and fresh air the trails have to offer your whole family!
With approximately 170 miles of groomed trails maintained by the local snowmobile club, snowmobiling is one of the biggest reasons guests rent a home in the Rangeley area. With easy access to downtown and neighboring towns and villages, Rangeley is the perfect area to base camp from and enjoy getting out on the lakes and trails for a day of riding. The restaurants in town are all easily accessible by snowmobile, so come in to town, warm up and take a break from riding in one of the restaurants so you can be ready to get out and hit the trails again!
Saturday Night Wagon Rides
Every Saturday night starting January 1st – March 12th, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Enjoy free sleigh rides around the Rangeley area after a day of enjoying all the other winter activities! Sponsored by Saddleback Mountain and Morton & Furbish Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. Sleigh rides start at Ecopelagicon (7 Pond Street, Rangeley) along with free hot cocoa! Look for the sled tracks 🙂