It never seems to fail. Whenever we leave the Valley, the snow arrives. I traveled to Colorado last week for a National Ski Areas Association Board meeting, and then spent a few days skiing with Lili at Breckenridge. We missed the great powder Sugarbush had been receiving, but did enjoy some bluebird days...
Thanks to all that recent snow Win's travels brought us, the mountain is skiing better than ever. With 100% of our terrain open and numerous activities planned throughout the month, there's no better time to visit the Valley than right now. Considering Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I thought I'd focus on fun activities to do with your Valentine this month (or a friend, if you're enjoying the single life). We'll be offering our $14 Valentine's Day Lift Ticket on Tuesday, February 14th, so come up and enjoy one of the best deals of the year!
Last weekend, my Valentine and I had a chance to visit Walt's at the Glen House. It's the perfect venue for a mid-mountain date, complete with gourmet grilled cheese sandwich choices and awesome local beer. I enjoyed a Grilled Chili Cheese, and my wife had The Mountain Goat, all while basking in the sun of the Sip of Sunshine sculpture above us.
If you're looking for better mood lighting, we have a candlelit Lawson's Beer Dinner at Allyn's Lodge on Thursday, February 23rd. Typically, our Allyn's Lodge Dinners are reserved for larger groups, but you can sign up individually or in smaller groups for this specialized beer dinner and then enjoy a moonlit ski down afterwards. We're also offering a Tour de Moon at Mt. Ellen on Saturday, February 11th, which includes a skin up to the Glen House for some food and drink, followed by a moonlit ski down.
For those who prefer the early dawn light, both Timbers Restaurant and Skinny Pancake are great brunch options before you hit the slopes. You could even preclude that with a First Tracks Cabin Cat adventure if we're expecting a powder morning (or if you want to reserve the cat all to yourselves for a real romantic morning). The Big Picture Café down in Waitsfield also hosts a great brunch, which you can follow up with a matinee.
My wife and I like to spend our Valentine's Day in a cooking class at The Store, and we'll be back again this year for their Sweetheart Dinner. The Valley offers many great shopping opportunities for gifts for your loved ones... The Warren Store, along Historic Bridge Street or the Mad River Green Shopping Plaza, or at our General Store.
While most all of my recommendations have involved food, I can think of a few non-culinary romantic activities. Snowshoe tours can be a fun and romantic way to get outside and enjoy nature. We offer guided and self-guided tours at the resort, and there are many other trails around the Valley, along the Catamount Trail or the Mad River Path system. Waitsfield's Skatium is fun for strapping on some skates and making turns on a more horizontal surface than our mountains. And don't forget both Blueberry Lake and Ole's as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing venues.
Other fun, and perhaps romantic, activities include watching the fireworks at the mountain on February 18th, flexing your artistic muscles at the Paint and Sip , relaxing in the hot tubs at Clay Brook, or enjoying one of the many other events we're hosting over President's Week. Whatever you do, share the love, and enjoy! This is one of the best months of the year.