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Dog Daze

The middle of summer in the Mad River Valley means long sweet days of fun and sunshine. From late July through the beginning of September, we typically have a nice dry stretch with near perfect temps. This period is often referred to as the dog days, due to the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, in the night sky. 

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Dream Time

Summer in the Mad River Valley can feel like an idyllic dream. The 4th of July was one of those days, with perfect temperatures, a bright blue sky, cottony white clouds and an overflow of giant green growth from June's rains. The gentle caresses of a warm breeze completed the enchantment. 

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Summer Session

Opening Day last weekend was fun and summer is almost fully in session. I say "almost", because it has been chilly and damp for a good portion of June. This is not unheard of, but thankfully, truly warm and drier weather looks likely as we get through the weekend. The upcoming 4th of July fun should be sunny too. 

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Fire Wheel

Happy summer! Today is the first full day of our greenest season and we're getting ready to celebrate with Opening Day on Saturday. The solstice has a long tradition of celebrations, including a 13th century English one that melded fire and rolling wheels to symbolize the sun's journey through the sky. As you might imagine, we would probably fit right in with those old revelers. We like fire and wheels too. 

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Green Solace

As you might have noticed, we've been sogging through a bit of a wet stretch. One good thing about this pattern is that when the sun does come out, it feels like a special occasion and we truly appreciate these bright breaks.

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Trail Tale

The Mad River Valley loves trails. From the high summits of winter, favorites like Rumble, Liftline, both Paradises, Chute, even mellow ones like Antelope and Jester weave their way into our hearts and souls. Summer's routes roll through intricate forests full of life, blending stone and dirt into much more than a simple way to get from one place to another. Trails have the power to connect us to ourselves.

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Lush Flush

With good temps and nice mix of rain and sunshine, the Mad River Valley is exploding with a lush flush of spring growth. Sometimes, it feels like you blink and suddenly there is a new flower or plant that just bloomed right in front of you.

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Spring Roll

Whether it's a first round of golf, jump in the river, trail hike or bike ride of the season, there is something special about getting your spring rolling with fun warm weather adventures. Last week, we were still getting tastes of winter. Mt. Washington in NH even set a May storm record with 33" of new snow. 

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Mad May

Like October, May is a month that commonly brings weather surprises, as the overlapping seasons battle each other for prominence. This week brought snow all the way to the valley floor, with some accumulation on the mountain. 

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The Fourth Awakens

Spring in the Mad River Valley seems to take a long time to wake up, but then quickly hits hyperspace speed, racing from mono-chromatic April to the rainbow spectrum of May in the blink of an eye. We all remember the brilliant fall displays, but sometimes forget about the vibrant vernal promenade of multi-colored buds, flowers and catkins. The waves of leaves and fresh growth have begun to climb the hillsides, fleshing out the skeletal forests and dormant fields with their summer muscles. 

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Turnover Overture

We're winding down the wild winter of 2016-17 with our famous Ski and Tee Weekend on April 30th - May 1st, honoring the end of lift-served skiing and riding, and the beginning of golf. Our seasonal turnover is really an overlap, proving once again that the fun never stops at Sugarbush.

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Spring Segue

Spring is fully in control at Sugarbush and the meltdown in the last 2 weeks has been steady. We went from 100% open, 72 trails and 6 lifts at Lincoln Peak with maximum seasonal snowpack on April 8th to 20 trails and 2 lifts today.

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Great Late

Well, it doesn't feel like the end, but this is the final weekend of Mt. Ellen lift-service and we're only about a month away from Lincoln Peak's last day. That said, we're tracking a nice snow storm that is supposed to start tomorrow late morning and bring 8-12" through Saturday. With the weather trends this winter, we're hoping for a bit more than predicted too. 

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Snow Daze

Wow, what a week it has been. We're still basking in Stella's snowy glow and had a nice refresher storm yesterday too. Winter 2016-2017 continues to deliver at Sugarbush. 

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Take Three

So far, we've had two amazing stretches of winter weather this season and two interludes with warmer conditions. We seem to have returned to cold temps again and it is snowing too. Third time's the charm?   

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