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Peaks and Valleys

In the last week, we've gone from deep powder to an early taste of late season turns. This type of cycle is pretty common and we can safely expect more rounds of snow between now and the end of April. Besides, the dry snow changeover to a sampling of soft warm skiing and riding has been very sweet too.  

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Snowy Sequence

Winter 2016-2017 continues to deliver advancing accumulations, already matching our historic season-long average. That's right, everything from here on is just icing on the cake, pun intended.  

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White Out

Snow is the most miraculous type of precipitation, infinitely complex in structure, beautiful as a landscape layer and way more fun than rain or ice. Skiers and snowboarders have a strong appreciation for snow, but even we can be surprised by its variety and quality. 

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Sneak Peak

Mother Nature has been successfully sneaking snow to Sugarbush for the last few weeks, yielding peak mid-winter conditions on a daily basis. Today fit right into the pattern, with an inch or so overnight, then a quick 2" fell between 6 AM and 10 AM. That's on top of the snow yesterday, the day before and everything that fell over the weekend.  

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Living Legends

Sugarbush is blessed with many legendary personalities, including some of the most revered people in ski/snowboard culture. One of our most famous is John Egan, star of 17 Warren Miller movies and rated by Powder magazine as one of the top 48 greatest skiers and most influential people in the last 35 years. This April, he and his brother Dan will be 420th inductees into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. We are celebrating this high honor with a party next Sunday, January 29th in the Castlerock Pub. 

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Local Eyes

This winter has been remarkable for early snowfall on the mountain, but you don't have to go far to find a very different story. Below the base areas down to the valley floor, it has been both warmer and drier overall. Yesterday brought a dusting to the lowest elevations, meanwhile, it was a sneaky powder day up high. 

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Turn Over

We've been lucky with weather for most of the season, with only a few warm-ups and precipitation turnovers. At higher elevations, the warm-ups have been quite brief or non-existent compared to base area conditions. This has led to a stratification of a wide variety of snow types, while also helping consolidate it.

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Mor'easter

After an amazing powdery start to the season, a predictable holiday thaw put a slight damper on conditions earlier this week. Based on forecasts though, the return to soft turns is imminent. Snow has not yet started at Sugarbush, but most of New England is under a Winter Storm Warning today.

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Snowy Gifts

As we settle into the first full day of winter, it is snowing again and our early season accumulation record keeps growing, ~140 inches since mid-October, with another week to go in 2016. Sunday's setback was pretty short and barely touched the snowmaking base. The natural snow even hung on strong, especially at higher elevations, where trails like Paradise are still open. 

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Wild Life

The snow has been falling at near-record rates, with many surprise accumulations in the last month. Today was more of the same, setting us up for an epic Mt. Ellen opening tomorrow. Then we have our biggest snow forecast yet for Friday into Saturday.

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Interest Rate

Since last week, we've been enjoying large deposits of fresh snow, just an inch shy of 3 feet at the summits. The forecast ramped up this morning and we're expecting more accumulation today, with a growing chance of a significant storm starting Monday. The interest rate of skiers and snowboarders is rising quickly, especially with pent-up demand and as news of the snowfalls have spread. 

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Gravy Smooth

Rolling through the day to day hustle of our lives, we can forget how important our families, friends and communities are. Health and well-being can be taken for granted. Even this incredible place that we call home or get to visit can seem old hat, if you let it. But it's Thanksgiving, a perfect time to reflect on all our blessings.

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On The Edge

With warm weather this week, including a couple of 50-60 degree days tomorrow and Saturday, we're pushing back opening day to next Wednesday, November 23rd. A few days delay is no big deal and many awesome seasons have started a bit later than planned. 

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Mountain Harvest

After the initial excitement of our first round of snow mellowed, we're now focused intently on making sure we harvest enough machine-made base to open in about 2 weeks. The temps are starting to drop again and the summits should be in the low 20's and high teens tomorrow, which means we are planning to fire up some guns on Heaven's Gate in the morning. 

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Over Laps

If you haven't heard yet, it's been snowing in the Mad River Valley this week. We don't want to reminisce too much about last year, but for reference, there is more natural snow on the ground now than for much of Winter 2015-2016. Another good shot of precipitation is expected  tonight, which may be all snow at higher elevations, before a slow warm-up into next week. 

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Snow Line

The celebrations of life and fundraisers for our 5 lost friends continue in the Mad River Valley. The strength of the families is inspiring, often it has felt like they are comforting the rest of us. "Sadness is easy, everybody knows we are sad. The real challenge is to smile and honor their lives with joy and gratitude." We are doing our best and there is a long road still ahead.  

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Crest Fall

Between seeing many of our extended family and friends, enjoying the incredible scenery and harvest flavors, and grabbing some great gravity, Community Weekend was a special time. As news of Saturday night's tragedy began to filter in on Sunday morning, the celebration took on a somber tone. The high fives and smiles were replaced by tears and hugs, proving again that the MRV community can be amazingly supportive in both good times and bad.   

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