Skiing in the East can be, well, challenging. It's cold. There's often more ice than snow. And lift lines can be horrendous. Saddleback is a true exception. It's still cold but, as one of the highest resorts in New England (4,120 feet), it gets more natural snow than most, in part because it gets early season lake-effect snow from Rangeley Lake. It has 2,000 feet of vertical, so it feels more like a Colorado resort than one in Maine. But perhaps the best argument to go is that lift lines are almost non-existent. Plus, at $69, lift tickets are one of the best deals in the East.