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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hello everyone,

During slow start winters like this one, it is easy to fret about what we don't have yet. But the reality is that we've been skiing for weeks at Lincoln Peak, Mount Ellen is set to open Saturday, and the Diamond Dogs freestyle team and Sugarbush Parks are hosting the first-ever USASA Night Rail Jam this Friday, December 16th. This is all thanks to our awesome snowmakers!

Diamond Dog Davis dropping into Lincoln Peak last weekend. The new improved Wunderbar will be open for comfortable rail jam spectating on Friday evening!

Here is something else to think about, slow starts commonly lead to snowy seasons. Remember Winter 2006-2007? When reminiscing about that year, nobody even mentions the challenges of November and early December. All we talk about is the non-stop powder and major holiday storms through mid-April.

There are no guarantees in a New England winter, but it is far too early to be depressed. In fact, my favorite forecaster has hinted that there is a good chance tonight and tomorrow morning for some mountain-induced upslope precipitation, aka magic snow.  

Jester has been magical all week!

Top to bottom at Lincoln Peak!

The holiday period is shaping up to be very busy in the Valley and there are tons of events and happenings from now through the New Year. Don't worry, the off-mountain parties won't be the only things to do. The forecast for next week is very promising too, with lots of cold and a few shots of natural snow too.  

Coach Smitty putting the final touches on a sweet kicker.

If you are still looking for last minute holiday gift ideas, the General Store and Adventure Gear Shop have cool local crafts and hot winter gear to finish your list. You might consider a gift of safety, fun and learning too. Sign up for a cabin cat adventure, book a lesson with Egan or send your favorite skier or rider to one of our adventure camps. There are no batteries needed or complex instructions to digest, just long-lasting smiles and forever memories.    

Diamond Dog Johnny Egan jumping for joy.

Flying Ryan Foundation visited Sugarbush last weekend and awarded two scholarships to DD's SJ Grundon and Keegan Hosefros! Many thanks to Silas and Lars Chickering-Ayers, Louise Lintillhac and Peter Hawks.

The temperature at the summit is only 33 degrees right now and we will be turning the snowguns on again as soon as Mother Nature allows. Keep the faith, winter hasn't even officially begun yet.

We hope to see you soon!

John Atkinson
Director of Strategic Programs and Partnerships
802-583-6534 | jatkinson@sugarbush.com   



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