Thursday, June 2, 2011
Summer is such a special time in the Mad River Valley, partly because it is fleeting, but mainly because it feels so full of life and possibilities. Even the air smells alive and vibrant.
The summer symphony of waterfalls, birdsong, frogs and crickets soothes and invigorates. The flavors of the season start with fiddleheads and finish with the fruits of the harvest, each fresh off the vine taste better than the last. The views are more intimate than winter's crisp broad vistas, as the leaves blanket the sky in many places.
Johnny Egan training in Moretown for Sugarbush's opening day on June 24th.
As a self-proclaimed winter-lover, I can still appreciate the "bad skiing months," especially when they are incredibly beautiful. If all you ever see of Mad River Valley is winter, you are missing a truly spectacular season.
The Valley trails are draining well.
After the wettest May in recorded history, we've got some stellar weather for the weekend. Plus, all the rain has turned the mountains verdantly green in no time. Abundant moisture also means that the mushroom season has kicked off to a great start.
I've been looking for morels, like the ones pictured above, for years. These prized edibles are a relatively rare find in the Mad River Valley, and it is also a bit late in their season, making them even more special. In case anybody was wondering ... they are yummy!
The morels are late and this tiny chanterelle is about a month early.
Chanterelles, perhaps the best known edible mushrooms in the area, usually start appearing in the beginning of July. The warm temps and consistent humidity triggered this little one on a south-facing hillside. Expect much larger specimens as we get deeper into summer.
New trail work on High Plum. The Mad River Riders had their most productive month ever in May. Come ride!
This Saturday is National Trails Day. Please help celebrate by joining us for a fun work party at Eurich Pond starting at 1pm. We will be riding and walking to the work site, your choice. Bring your own trail tools or we will have tools to share.
Summer is here, but it will be gone in an instant. We hope to see you soon!
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