Thursday, March 16, 2017
Written by John Atkinson
Winter Storm Stella has proven to be quite a bright star in a season that already seen several significant accumulations. We're quickly approaching the 4 foot mark this week, with another foot last night and over 40" in the last 3 days.
The 20th Annual Castlerock Extreme is this Sunday and it looks like the venue should be in prime shape.
We've got a chance for snow tonight, a partly sunny day tomorrow and maybe snow again on Saturday and Saturday night. With so much fresh dry powder, the groomers have been super soft and all the trails are open.
Saturday is the 2nd Annual SideSurfer's Banked Slalom in the Reimergasse Park. We've got some heavy hitters registered this year, this should be a great spectator event.
High elevation north-facing off-piste still had a decent base before the storm and the wind has loaded leeward areas with even more snow. Over-the-head turns have been plentiful in the right spots. As the snow settles, the woods should continue to improve. If you don't have a good mental picture of the pre-storm base, take it slow until you know.
We are stardust.
Tomorrow is our St. Patrick's Day party too, with $17 tickets at Mt. Ellen. Grab your green and go slice the MEllen!
Stella sure inspired some sweet smiles.
Snow reporter Emily testing the conditions. Grin to win!
This is what happens when it snows 3" an hour and you ski fast.
My Tuesday snowbeard. Photo by Emily Young.
The best tasting beverages are after a long ski and ride session. Hop to the CR Pub for Raw Bar and a Barrel of Lawson's tomorrow.
Teresa on Cabin Cat this morning. Get your reservations now. Yesterday was amazing, today has maybe even been better.
With the spring equinox on Monday, the potential for big powder days like these is starting to fade. We've still got a long stretch of skiing and riding ahead, and spring storms can be powerful in the mountains, but it's time to grab all the winter you can before it's gone again. Better be here.
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
p.s. You may have heard that we lost one of our favorite friends and co-workers this week. Dave Wales always shared a consistently positive outlook, a quiet passion for all things snow and daily Keillor-esque aphorisms. With remarkable patience and grace, he helped thousands of people learn to ski and ride. Please join us for a celebration of his life on April 9th at 5 PM in the Gate House Lodge.