The Adventure Market Update
Thursday, July 24, 2014
During the heat wave this past week, we were definitely thinking of the cold comfort of winter. With snow on our fevered brains, pretty soon we were knee deep in powder daydreams. Now that cooler temps have returned, our heads have cleared a bit, although the feeling of floating with gravity lingers.
Riding boards and riding bikes are direct parallels. Coach Simona and Adventure Camper Carter heading up for another lap in the terrain park.
That's because mountain biking is so much like skiing and riding that it can be a powder day even in July. Full suspension bikes provide bottomless turns and jumps, regardless of the current lack of snow.
The smiles are the same, too.
Between Adventure Camps and our awesome coaching clinics, we can have you quickly up to speed. Imagine year-round turns and how big your grins will be. Everything you learn about biking translates right back to winter fun, so you can always be improving your skiing and riding.
Hmmm, even Olympic skiers seem to know. Thanks, Nolan!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The wheels of summer are rolling fast now. Prime-time warm weather fun is not just happening, it's expanding. Trail building is in progress at several sites throughout the Mad River Valley, including a brand new flow trail at Sugarbush with an old name, Turkey Tumble.
As the bullwheel turns ...
The new Turkey Tumble is excavator-built, with final sculpting from the Sugarbush trail crew. The trail starts near the top of Eden and will finish near the take-off for the zip-line. A couple sections are currently open and we expect to drop the rope on more of it over the weekend, as the new work settles and dries.
The new Turkey Tumble trail is partly open! More this weekend?
The man behind the machine, Sean Flynn.
Sean Flynn's deft touch at the controls of the excavator (and groomer in the winter) have helped provide fun for bikers and hikers at Sugarbush and all over the Valley. When he is not working at the mountain, he often volunteers to build for the Mad River Riders, too. Next time you rail a local berm or huck a table-top, give a little shout-out to Sean.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The design standards for a perfect summer day are relatively universal ... lots of sunshine, low humidity, mid-day temps in 70's to low 80's and night-time temps in the 50's to low 60's. Hmmm, this sounds remarkably like the forecast for the next few days.
Sugarbush Adventure Campers enjoying some Green Mountain time.
Ideal weather is not the only factor though, as real estate agents say, "Location, location, location." The Mad River Valley's fields, forests, brooks, rivers, hills and mountains are all at peak mid-summer condition. The biking and hiking trails are dry and grippy, the golf course is in prime shape.
Think your lawn takes a long time to mow? Early morning prep.
These are the powder days of July, knee deep in ripening blueberries, over the head ferns, endless runs with friends, and smiles so wide they almost hurt.
The 4th of July weekend was great. Many thanks to all our friends!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
One of the best stretches of summer lies at our doorstep, complete with the famous Warren Fourth of July Parade and Sugarbush Fireworks, the Mad Marathon, the Waitsfield Farmer's Market and all the warm outdoor fun the Mad River Valley has to offer.
"The Fourth is strong with this one."
Until you've been to the Warren Parade, you can't truly appreciate freedom. Featuring a broad mix of irreverent pranksters, community coalitions, persistent politicians, and cool kids, it is quite a spectacle.
"Always pass on what you have learned." Sugarbush PGA Pro Paul Meunier passing it on to Van the Man.
Once you've got your Fourth smile on, the best way to keep it full strength is to indulge in some Green Mountain adventures.
"Do or do not. There is no try." The Mad Marathon returns this weekend.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Summer fun has barely begun, so you haven't missed it yet. The season always feels too short though and we've decided to do something to make it longer. Under the strict eye of Professor Egan, we have been testing a form of mountain time travel.
Fast is slow. Get summer Quad Packs only through the end of June.
The idea is to slow down time by increasing our velocity through space. Einstein covered this in his theory of relativity, but now Egan and the Adventure Learning Center coaches are working on experiments to make gravitational time dilation available for all ages and abilities to use. The techniques that we've been developing are very promising and easy to learn. Join us for a session and see for yourself how slow fast can be.
Slow is fast.