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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sugarbush started making snow this past weekend! The sight of all the guns blowing in the sunshine produced a lot of yee-haws and alrights. Although we had to curtail operations mid-week due to temps, the top of the mountain hit 32 degrees again at about noon today. The flakes are flying on the ridges already.

The mercury is expected to continue dropping into tonight and forecasts call for good conditions, at least at the summits, through Monday. We can lay down some serious accumulation in four uninterrupted days, plus there are decent chances for some natural snow too. 

Great guns on Jester and Downspout.
Great guns on Jester and Downspout. Get your Quad Packs and passes now! 

Preparations for winter are in high gear and you can feel the energy in the air. For some, stick season means quiet contemplation sitting by the woodstove, but not for us. Between installing the new high efficiency HKD snowguns, renovating the SHARC, opening Rice Brook, hiring staff, selling passes, going on tour with Warren Miller, running rail jams, and firing up all the winter systems, it's a wonder we have time for sleep.  

A fine grind from the Juice.
A fine grind from Juice.

While we may be tired, this kind of committment gets noticed. Take Sugarbush Parks, for instance. Here is a recent accolade  ... "The most creative rail set-up in new England ... Sugarbush proves that it's not what you have, but what you can do with it." Transworld Snowboarding, November 2013

Coach Diggity continuing to get in shape for ski/ride season.
Coach Diggity continuing to get in shape for ski/ride season.

The famous Waitsfield Ski and Skate Sale is this weekend. Remember to drop off your stuff on Friday evening and get in line early on Saturday for the best selection.
This no ordinary gear swap, there will likely be equipment that has been used by world famous athletes and with so many participating retailers, the depth and breadth of choices is amazing. The cherry on top is that everything sold helps support the Waitsfield School PTA ... good for you, good for the community.

Speaking of world famous athletes, next week is the Burlington premier of the new Shane McConkey retrospective. Back in the day, Shane helped coach some of the Egan brothers' X-Team clinics. Our own John Egan had this to say about him, "From the second Shane came on the scene, you could tell that he would be much more than just a great skier. He was going to be a hero." 

Watch the #McConkeyMovie and  get tickets to the Nov 14 Burlington VT screening here:  http://bit.ly/19BaSHP
Watch the #McConkeyMovie and get tickets to the Nov 14 Burlington VT show. 

Big Kicker is November 16th!
Keep the party rolling. Join MRG and Sugarbush at the Big Kicker!

SHARC attack! Climbing in the Valley Rock Gym is a great way to cross-train too.
SHARC attack. The Valley Rock Gym is a great way to cross-train.

Snowmaking has also started at Mount Ellen.
Snowmaking has also started at Mount Ellen.

Late fall scenes.
Late fall scenes.

Late fall scenes.

The projected start to Sugarbush's Winter 2013-2014 season is only 16 days away. Weather permitting, we will open on November 23rd. Temps and precipitation both look good for the next week, so keep doing your snow dances. Be sure to check the Snow Report for updates as we get closer.

Join us for another great weekend in the Mad River valley!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
Staff PhotographerSnow ReporterCoach  

Snow white.
Snow white. 

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