The Adventure Market Update
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
While the Valley has gone full green, spring transition has been a bit back and forth. Last Saturday morning, the trails were all white with a late May dusting, although it was gone by noon. The tops of the mountains are just waking up, as the last vestiges of snow finally melt.
Only a little left on Ripcord. 05/27/2015
Turns were made by a few intrepid folks last weekend and we salute them for their sense of adventure. The opportunities for fun at lower elevations continues to peak, with incredible biking, hiking and golf conditions, refreshing swim temps and enough water in the river to fish and paddle.
Last taste of winter? Pic by Shawn Fuschetto. 05/23/2015
Clean mountain air tastes great in all seasons. Coach Diggity on Revolution.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
May's march toward verdancy keeps increasing its pace. The old joke about wasting time watching the grass grow doesn't apply here. You can see the growth moment to moment, blades stretching skyward, flowers exploding everywhere, ferns fast unfurling and leaves filling out the hillsides with bright fresh colors.
Green chasing white off the mountains. May 21, 2015
The last bits of snow are fading, but if you're feeling energetic, there'll still be some turns to earn this weekend. The best access for Ripcord's remains is probably Lower Downspout>Lower Jester>Jester>Spillsville cutover.
The Sugarbush Golf Club is fully glowing green.
The Sugarbush Golf Club is in great shape and the 16th Hole enhancement project wraps up today. Greens fees are $95 this weekend, $65 after 2PM. Hogan's is rocking too, say hi to the 3 Emily's!
Brown pow alert! The Valley trails are in peak condition.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Mad River Valley has gone from barely spring to full swing in the last week, with blossoming rainbows and greening hillsides. The golf course had its first mow and vernal foraging is ramping up with tasty tidbits like ramps, morels, fiddleheads and knotweed.
Sugarbush Golf Club is flower powerful this week.
Mostly dry conditions and extensive maintenance have helped open lots of trails in the lower elevations, where the majority of routes are ready to roll. Another sign of the seasonal shift is the first Waitsfield Farmers' Market, which begins this Saturday, May, 16th.
Hiking and biking are cranking up in the Valley!
Waitsfield Farmers' Market was voted one of the best in the country!
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Just when it felt like Winter 2014-2015 was really not going to end, our last snow was less than 2 weeks ago, Spring arrived with a flourish to finish out the Sugarbush lift-served season. By the numbers, it was average length, with 158 days and below average snowfall, with 249 inches, about 20 inches short of the mean.
Sending the season off in style. Egan soaring on Grinder.
If you only looked at these 2 measures, you might think, "Ho hum." However, 2 other factors, temperature and wind, pushed this season into legendary status. Consistent cold allowed base depths to build well above average. Mid-winter winds also played a pivotal role, loading the east side of the Green Mountain spine with almost constant refreshments.
Sugarbush started the season in late November with top-to-bottom turns in fresh powder. Sweet snow continued nearly unabated through late April and we capped daily operations right after a final storm.
For the final weekend, there were still natural snow trails open and decent turns in the north-facing upper and mid mountain woods. Mike Ware, long time Sugarbush skier, remarked this weekend, "In 55 years of skiing here, I've never seen it like this in May."
Greening, redding and yellowing up at the Sugarbush Golf Club.
Meanwhile, lower elevations dried out much faster. We were able to open the Sugarbush Golf Club last Friday, allowing tees and turns on the same day. All 18 holes are open, with $50 unlimited golfing, including cart!
The trails around the Valley are quickly opening too. Check the Mad River Riders and Mad River Path Association for updates and please join us for upcoming trail work days.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
We've used the word epic a lot this winter and for good reason. Months of soft powder turns with no real thaws make a big impression. This monumental-ness has continued right up to the end of the 2014-2015 season. With a huge snowpack, bright sunshine, temps pushing into the 60's to 70's and top-to-bottom turns, Sugarbush is ready for an epic spring send-off this weekend, May 2nd and 3rd.
Fully loaded for the last weekend. Photo April 29, 2015.
On top of the incredible skiing and riding, the Sugarbush Golf Club opens May 1st and we are offering a Ski and Tee deal on Saturday and Sunday, buy a lift ticket and get a free round of golf on the same day. If you go for a bike ride or a walk, you can claim a rare triple play.
Green up. Today is the last day for Fore Packs!
All 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Sugarbush season passes ski and ride for free this weekend, including Mt. Ellen-only, mid-week and boomer passes. The party runs 9AM-5PM both days and there'll be a BBQ and outdoor pizza oven to keep you fueled for fun.
With temps nearing 70 degrees, expect a sweet finale to 2014-2015!