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Corn Powder - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

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.
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.

Wednesday surprise.
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 like surprise snow, even in April.
We love fresh snow, even in April.

Looking ahead, we plan to be open daily through ...

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Spring Sing - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

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.
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.
Conditions are so good, you'll flip.

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Sweet Corn - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

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!
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 April 5th-6th for a special Passholder Appreciation 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

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Peak Pack - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

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!
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.
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.
What a week! The snow just kept falling.

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Vaguely Vernal - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Vernal Equinox everyone! Sugarbush greeted spring with 4" of new snow this morning and more likely coming in the next day or two. We've had temps below zero this week and probably one more cold snap, before things start to warm up for real. 

Coach Jesse getting Vulcanized.
Coach Jesse getting Vulcanized.

The potential for more snow next week is strong too, especially at elevation. These wet spring storms sometimes deliver the biggest accumulations of the season, while the valleys are getting rain. Keep an eye on the snow report for up-to-date weather prognostication.

Sweet March!
Sweet March!

Spring is also high time for events. Join us for a Nantucket Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, along with the finale of the Seasonal Programs and Sugarbush Patrol tryouts for 2014-2015.

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