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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Every fall, once the leaves start changing, the comparisons to previous years' displays begin. Usually, the differences are measured in subtle shades, slightly more or less brilliant than what has come before.

This year may be an anomaly, though. A significant number of experienced leaf peepers have commmented that this autumn's auras are extra special. A few 'peeple' have even called the leaves the best they have ever seen. We don't know for sure that this fall qualifies for the top honor, but there is no doubt that the colors are uncommonly vibrant and fiery.  

Forest fire.
Forest fire.

As noted in last week's Stoke, driving, biking and even hiking can be dangerous with so much beauty to catch your eyes. Frankly, we're surprised there hasn't been a rash of ditched cars, endo'ed bikes, and common trips and slips. Perhaps folks have followed our advice to just stop and soak it in, when the vistas become overwhelming.

As the leaves reach their peak this weekend, Sugarbush is celebrating the end of summer/fall mountain activities and looking forward to the start of winter with our annual Community Day party on Saturday.  With a free kid's adventure camp, a bike clinic with John Egan, complimentary apples, cider, cheese and coffee, a USFS hike, a family-friendly dog hike, Win's famous presentation, a cooking demo with Chef Gerry Nooney, live music and ton of other fun, this event is not to be missed.  

Speaking of winter, we are potentially in line for some elevation-dependent snow on Sunday night into Monday. Forecaster Hutz, over at Famous Internet Skiers, has officially raised the flake flag. His track record is way better than the average prognosticator, so we tend to listen closely. There may even be enough accumulation to make some turns. Stay tuned!
 
Don't need a weatherman to know >>>
Hutz is great, but we don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Aside from the incredible foliage, another favorite fall feature is the harvest bounty. The variety of apples alone is worthy of consideration. Hint for the hungry, if you like juicy sweet-tart firm apples, be sure to try a honey crisp. Many claim it is the ideal fresh-eating apple. You can usually find some at Hartshorn's Farm Stand on RT 100.

Apple eyes.
Apple of my eye.

Harvest rainbow.
Hartshorn's harvest rainbow. Clearly, apples are not the only thing in great abundance.

Playing chicken.
Playing chicken.

Mountains in the mist.
Mountains in the mist.

The Revolution continues.
The Revolution continues.

Rolling through autumn.
Rolling through autumn.

A sliver of river lined with a few hues.
A sliver of river lined with a few hues.

Colors spilling down the hillside.
Hot colors burning down the hillsides.

The weekend forecast keeps improving, the foliage is extraordinary, and we've got a lot of fun to share this weekend. We hope to see you soon!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

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