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Minding Nemo - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, February 7, 2013

While much of New England has been having a less than snowy winter, Sugarbush has already received nearly 170 inches. Of course, two January thaws took their toll, but with the combination of continued snows and the machinations of our snowmakers and groomers, we have bounced back quickly each time. This week is a good example of our rebounding capabilities.

Between the fresh manmade on Stein's for the relocated Junior Castlerock Challenge on Saturday and Monday's surprise powder snack, the turns have been really sweet. Even if we weren't expecting Winter Storm Nemo, this weekend's skiing and riding would still be excellent. Add 6 inches to 2 feet of new snow by Saturday morning and things could get really interesting.   

Ready for snow? Oh yeah!
Ready for snow? Oh yeah!

If we get enough to pile up and the winds cooperate, we could be 100% open again. Of course, with such a strong storm, there may be lift delays or windholds. Be prepared with your hiking gear, just in case. Some of my best runs at Sugarbush have been in the middle of the tempest.  

Traveling tonight or early tomorrow is probably a good idea too. Better be here. Now.

Junior Castlerock Challenge!
Junior Castlerock Challenge!

With the generally cold temps this week, we have been blowing snow as fast as we can. The guns have fired on trails in the Gatehouse, Super Bravo, Heaven's Gate, North Lynx, GMX, Summit, Sunny D and Inverness areas. The new natural snow should top off this work very nicely. 

Should we have changed the name to the CastleStein Challenge?
Should we have changed the name to the CastleStein Challenge?

Looming in the wings for the last couple weeks, our famous natural snow terrain is poised for a comeback. Be careful, there is some fool's pow in these areas currently, which will require significant accumulation to turn into the real deal. Stay tuned the Snow Report for up to date details.

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm. This morning at Lincoln Peak.


Sugarbush 1st Tracks Snow Report from today. 

Egan and Coach Russ enjoying a mixed bounty.
Egan and Coach Russ enjoying a mixed bounty.  

Monday on Heaven's Gate.
Monday on Heaven's Gate.

Dawn patrol.
Dawn patrol.

Wednesday's flurries.
Wednesday's flurries.

Frosty trees.
Frosty trees.

While forecasts have been changing moment to moment, we are very likley to have nice powder days tomorrow and Saturday. Don't worry about the predictions, you know it's going to be good and it will be even better if you are here to enjoy it.

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange 

Tasty MEllen.
Tasty MEllen.

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