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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Despite a few glorious warm days, April has been decidely more winter-like than March was. This week, the upper mountain continued to receive snow, while rain in the valley kicked off a rapid leaf and flower bloom and ended an extended period of fire danger.

The freshest lemony foliage dabs the hillsides, accented with darker evergreens, and framed by snowy trails and dramatic clouds. It's a bit like living in a Bob Ross painting. 

Still snowing this week.
Some happy little trees and a nice mountain, yesterday. Remember to get your 2012-2013 winter pass before May 2nd.

The tremendous growth spurt is soaking up the moisture as quickly as it falls. It is still noticeably dry for this time of year. Many low elevation trails are in good condition, the golf course is open, and the weekend looks sunny. Better be here!

Trillium's turn.
Trillium's turn.

One good thing about an extra long spring is more time to prepare for summer. Momentum is building early.

Moving forward >>> please join us for the evolved Mad Triathlon on May 12th, a benefit for the Mad River Path Association! If you are not going to compete, we also need lots of course volunteers

Up, up and away!
New toys! A top-to-bottom high-speed slingshot chairlift=more fun on the uphill. Check out all our summer fun here.

Leftover fall colors.
Leftover fall colors. Ganoderma lucidum. Stay tuned for Fungi Fest dates.

Mad River Riders
Join the Mad River Riders for a spring trail workday, this Saturday, April 28th.

Speaking of summer fun, the Mad River Riders and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association have formed a new partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, to build five miles of beginner and intermediate trails on public land at Blueberry Lake in East Warren.

The USFS is supporting three weeks of Vermont Youth Conservation Corps work crew time on the project for 2012. The Winthrop H. Smith Jr. Charitable Foundation and Sugarbush Resort have donated $10,000 to support an additional two weeks of VYCC work this year. You can learn more about the project here.

Common beauty.
Common beauty.

Fresh spring color.
Gathering moss.

Contrasts.
Birch paper trails.

Lichen the moss.
Lichen the moss?

Three little pigs. 
The three little pigs apparently live in Moretown.

Spring is rolling along quite well in the Mad River Valley. We hope to see you soon.

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Just a light hike.
Just a light hike

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