Thursday, October 18, 2012
While the trees have started to shed their splendor, there is still plenty of late fall beauty to behold. The crescendoing symphony of peak color has been replaced with a quieter quartet of fiery late maples, golden poplars, yellow-orange beeches and red tan oaks. But instead of fading off, these autumn accents stand out even more brightly against the less leafy backdrop. As the seasonal transition progresses, snow also becomes part of the canvas.
First snowy alpen glow of the season.
Our forests can feel claustrophobic during summer growth, now they present a much broader vista and the underlying terrain has become visible again. Following trails can be a challenge with an unbroken carpet of fallen leaves in many places, but with the understory settled down, this time of year was made for wandering.
The signs of change in the Mad River Valley are obvious and abundant. This Saturday is the last Waitsfield Farmers Market of the season. Summer mountain activities have officially ended, although the Sugarbush Golf Course is still open.
Non-lift served hiking and biking are still in full swing, but are winding down a bit too. Meanwhile, winter preparations have been pushed into high gear. Ski Patrol was back at the mountain last weekend for refresher and the Ski and Ride team returns to start training this weekend. Snowmaking is set to commence after November 1st, weather permitting. That's less than two weeks away.
The color of sunny.
Looking into November, Sugarbush will be on tour with Warren Miller, helping at premiers for their new movie, Flow State. Check here for a full listing of cities and dates. Warren Miller star and Sugarbush CRO John Egan will be at a lot of the showings, handing out free lift tickets to Sugarbush. Does it get any better?
Watching it spin.
Coach Walt and son Eric keeping the Revolution rolling.
Despite their reputation for discipline, GMVS students like to rock out.
Come enjoy the flavors of fall before they are gone, and make sure you are ready for winter. It's coming fast!
We hope to see you soon.
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exhange
Pretty in pink.
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