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Thursday, April 24, 2014
While picture perfect spring days have been very prevalent lately, cooler than normal temps, especially at night, have kept the snow pack notably deeper than normal. We finally lost our last natural snow trails this week, but the homemade base is still going strong.
Top-to-bottom turns are a lock for the weekend, with more than 20 trails and a melange of groomed and bumped terrain for intermediates and experts. Stein's is likely to get groomed on Friday night and Sugarbush Parks continues their daily refresh of fun freestyle features in the Racer's Edge Park.
The Easter Bogo. #1 liftie in VT!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Any challenging weather or conditions this spring have been very short-lived, and we've enjoyed long strings of sunny warm days, interspersed with shots of fresh accumulations. The corn snow harvest is well on its way to legendary status and yesterday's late shot of stealthy powder was a sweet bonus.
Spring wing. Last weekend on Birdland.
April snow is common, but it usually isn't as dry and light as yesterday's, and doesn't last very long either. However, Wednesday was cold, with a full 60 degree temp change from the heat on Monday. The summit was 5F at 6 AM and never broke 20F, perfect powder preservation conditions.
The maple sugar makers are still seeing good sap flows as it warms, which means the corn snow is ripening again and melt-off is slowly proceeding. Spring is inevitable, though.
Yesterday's surprise on Ripcord.
Friday and the weekend look mostly dry, with warmer temps in the 30's to 50's. In particular, Sunday looks like another ideal spring skiing and riding day.
We love fresh snow, even in April.
Looking ahead, we plan to be open daily through ...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
While the snow is disappearing downcountry, the incredible spring conditions just keep rolling at Sugarbush. Yesterday's surprise squall dumped a quick inch or two and refreshed everything with a new coat.
Dr. Johnny Fever practicing some physics on Paradise yesterday.
Not that we needed more, base depths are at mid-winter levels. Even the woods are still filled.
Conditions are so good, you'll flip.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Spring delivers two quintessential VT products, of course maple syrup is the first, followed closely by incredible corn snow. Thankfully, the best conditions for maple sugar production, warm days and cool nights, are the same for a good corn harvest.
Since the deep winter freeze finally broke last week, we've been enjoying a sweet stretch of great spring turns. The sap is running steadily and the first batches are getting bottled and canned right now.
Perfect weather for maple syrup and corn snow!
The maple season is a little late this year, which also delayed the transition from dry snow to corn, but everything is in full swing. Lincoln Peak is 100% open, including much of the off-piste. Due to the incredible base depths, we are excited to share some extra special treats this weekend.
Mt. Ellen is re-opening for a special Passholder Appreciation weekend! GMX will run 9 AM - 5 PM and other lifts will run 10 AM - 4 PM.
On top of the awesome terrain and views, we will be celebrating two of Mt. Ellen's traditions, racing and freestyle. Join us on Sunday for a ski training session with Warren-based Sochi Olympian Nolan Kaspar.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
With over 5 feet of snow so far this month and cold powder-preserving temps, March 2014 will be remembered as one of Sugarbush's finest winter stretches. The heavy natural accumulations have significantly expanded the available terrain, opening uncommon off-piste lines.
The deep homemade base that our snowmakers painstakingly placed on the trails should keep us running strongly through April, possibly into May. While it was below zero at the summits this morning, we expect more traditional spring-like weather to arrive this evening.
March 2014 has brought some really tasty snow!
The weekend is packed with fun events and even with some damp precipitation predicted for Friday, the turns should be excellent. We expect a dry warm Saturday, then snow in the evening into Sunday.
Mt. Ellen's last day may be powder-filled. Next week's outlook is hinting at further flakes too.
Moonshine got a rare roll last night.
The seasonal changes have not really started, there haven't even been any major maple sap runs yet. For contrast, the local sugar houses are usually winding down operations by late March.
What a week! The snow just kept falling.