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Rock Garden of Eden

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The more I ride mountain bikes and watch other riders, the more biking becomes like skiiing and snowboarding.

Gravity East Downhill Race last weekend. Back to the (rock) garden of Eden.

Air is fun, no matter the season. Winter 2011-2012 season passes and programs are on sale!

As much as summer and fall are awesome at Sugarbush, we never stop preparing for winter. Be sure to get in on the best season pass and program rates by signing up now.

Speed feels good year-round.

Endorphins and adrenaline are not limited by the calendar, neither are smiles. There is still one more week of Adventure Camp and two more months of riding!

Team Sugarbush cleaned up at the Gravity East Race.

Sugarbush riders won and placed in several categories, including first place finishes by Gavin Vaughn in Pro Men (3 minutes and 54 seconds!) , Dylan Dipentima in Expert 18-under, Johnny Egan in Sport 18-Under and Stephanie Sowles, in Expert Women! Congratulations to everyone who raced.

Please join us in celebrating the dedication of Kyle's Park August 12th at 1pm!

You may remember Kyle from previous editions of the Stoke Exchange, but just to remind everyone ....

Kyle was one of the first young people that we hired for our winter Assistant Coach program. He immediately impressed coaches and guests with his calm and reassuring demeanor. When we extended the Assistant Coach program into Sugarbush's summer bike and camp programs, Kyle was at the top of the list to be hired.

Before the summer season started, Kyle took a Gravity Logic Coach Certification with me, Sam Von Trapp, Steve from Sunday River, Linden Ide from Burke and a few other aspiring bike coaches.

Kyle so impressed the course leader, pro rider Sarah Leishman, that she singled him out with high praise for his riding and coaching skills. He was only 15 years old at the time and already a budding rock star.

That was the last time I got to ride with Kyle. He was diagnosed with bone cancer shortly thereafter and passed last summer.

We actually used Kyle’s Park as teaching terrain during the certification course. So it is particularly fitting that we dedicate this park to him.

In many ways, we think of Kyle as the model for Sugarbush’s Assistant Coach program. Instead of keeping his passion for skiing and biking to himself, he decided that sharing was a better way to enjoy them.

This is an uncommon decision for a teenage boy to make, but Kyle was an uncommon person.

We are grateful for the time we spent with Kyle and grateful for everything that he managed to teach us in a few short years. So it is with great honor and respect that we dedicate this terrain park to Kyle Anderson.

I am sure that he wants us to enjoy this park as much as possible, so let’s celebrate his life the best way we can … let’s ride!

Eva showing the boys how to ride the berms in Kyle's Park.

The fun never stops at Sugarbush. The Festival of the Arts continues throughout the month, with a special Yoga on the Mountain and Wine Tasting event on August 17th. Can you imagine a better way to relax and shed some stress?

Harvesting delicious oyster mushrooms during Sugarbush Fungi Fest

The next Fungi Fest is September 10th, sign up now! Check out this great article from a writer that attended July's Fungi Fest.

! So many colors, shapes and sizes.

Summer's bounty is rolling in fast. School starts in just a few weeks and the leaves are already changing on the weaker trees. There is still plenty of time to enjoy the fruits of the season, but don't wait too long.

Workout secrets of the Bush Pilots ... coffee at the Sunrise Cafe first, then lots of vertical.

We hope to see you soon!

John Atkinson
Director of Strategic Programs and Partnerships
802-583-6534 | jatkinson@sugarbush.com

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