The Adventure Market Update
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Winter Storm Vulcan has shared over 2 feet of snow with Sugarbush since yesterday, bringing us to 200" for the season so far. The flakes are still flying and we picked up another 6" since this morning. Even better, there is more snow in the forecast for the weekend.
We already had a solid base in place before the latest accumulation, so pretty much every trail, glade, chute and gully are in play now. If you missed today, don't worry. Mt. Ellen was closed, due to high winds, so it sits fresh and waiting for tomorrow's tracks. Heaven's Gate also did not open, although there was some hiking traffic.
Johnny Egan on Morning Star today.