The Adventure Market Update
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Sugarbush Stoke Exchange has been very reliably shared almost every Thursday for several years. I apologize for the unexplained absence last week. However, certain events take precedence, like the birth of a child.
The Mad River Valley's newest skier.
We've been in a sweet snowy pattern lately and the mountains are in great shape. The weekend weather looks to bring warmer temps and a mixed of sun and clouds, perfect for the 17th Annual Castlerock Challenge, part of the Ski The East Freeride Tour. This is the main event and we have some young local rippers representing, who qualified at the recent JR Castlerock.
The Rock is in great condition.
Ride like a girl. Last weekend's USASA NVT Comp at Sugarbush Parks.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
As we celebrate Presidents' Week, the snow has continued to fall and the turns have been great. Capped with a few inches of fresh, today's bluebird sunny morning may have been the peak moment, so far. The views from Lincoln Peak were spectacular.
What a week! Coach Rick getting peaceful with some Pax powder.
Ready for more? Sugarbush is under another Winter Weather Advisory starting tonight. We are probably going to get a mix of precipitation types, with snow, sleet and freezing rain predicted.
Friday's forecast also calls for strong winds, get ready for a wild one. The storm is supposed to finish as snow, so there is a chance to squeak out a net gain and build base at the same time. Keep doing those snow dances!
Tour De Moon was awesome on Monday, next one is March 15th!
This Sunday is the famous Mad River Valley Ski Mountaineering Race. The competition starts at the bottom of Mad River Glen, racers climb to the top of General Stark Mountain, traverse the Long Trail to Mt. Ellen, drop into Slide Brook, climb out to the Lincoln Peak area and finish at Valley House Lodge.
The Pros add a climb up FIS and to North Lynx, for a total of ~11 miles and 4700' of climb/descent. However, even with additional distance and vertical, the fastest competitors usually finish in about two hours. That's fast!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Winter Storm Pax is bearing on Sugarbush right now. We've had flakes flying for a few hours, but it really kicked into gear recently. The forecast accumulations are impressive and seem to keep ramping up, now at 18-24" by tomorrow afternoon.
Sweet pow surprises this week. Halley O'Brien from Snocountry scoring the goods on Monday.
This new snow comes on top of a sneaky set of squalls on Monday and Tuesday that droppped 11" at the summits. We were able to open Castlerock lift early this week and Slide Brook should spin tomorrow or Saturday. We'll have 100% of the trails open in the morning.
Conditions are excellent on snowmaking routes, but still thin in natural snow areas. Take it easy while wandering off-piste, until you get a feel for the understory. Hopefully, the storm lays down a very thick base. Winds are supposed to pick up tonight and shift to the north and east. Leeward and sheltered spots are likely to have the deepest cover.
David Babic boosting on Rumble.
The President's Week holiday events kick off Saturday, with lots of live music and fun festivities. More chances for snow also dot the week's weather, this could just be the start of an epic stretch.
Bear sighting! Bear Simmons ripping the cord.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The glowing sunrise and new soft snow were very sweet this morning. This latest round of accumulation pushed open several new trails, many for the first time this season.
Bush Pilot coach Jesse drinking some Moonshine.
By several, we mean 29 new trails, including Castlerock, which is open for hike access from 10AM-2PM on Friday. Yes, finally.
We expect a busy weekend at the mountain, with great events at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen. Saturday features the JR Castlerock Challenge, part of the Ski The East Freeride Tour.
Dawn patrol on the Cabin Cat.
Many of our rising stars will be competing for spot in the main Castlerock event on March 8th. Use Hi/Lo Rd and Troll Rd for good spectating spots.
Sunday is the VT Senior Games GS Race. Come check out just how much faster than you your elders are.
Speaking of faster, the Porsche Winter Driving Experience is rallying on Crackerjack through Sunday. The Green Mountain Express will provide some of the best vantages.
What a morning.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
We've had a bittersweet week at Sugarbush, with some fresh snow early and then back into the freezer for the last few days. This pattern seems to be changing though, and the weekend promises comfortable temps and some accumulating snow. Don't look too closely at next week yet, unless you want to get really excited.
The turns have been great throughout this current winter phase, thanks mainly to our groomers and snowmakers. We are hoping Mother Nature will start to work a little harder, Castlerock and the off-piste are desperate for some company.
Groovy groomers this week.
The weather and snow weren't the only things that were bittersweet. Unfortunately, we lost two members of greater Mad River Valley community this week, too.
Not many people know that Pete Seeger was a skier or that he occasionally showed up at our neighbor's doorstep for some runs. With songs like "Turn Turn Turn" and "Snow, Snow", it may seem obvious in retrospect. Thankfully, he leaves a legacy that will likely last a long time.