Thursday, January 9, 2014
Happy 50th birthday to Mt. Ellen! We are kicking off the celebration today with $6.50 lift tickets. Events continue through the weekend, we've revived a bunch of old traditions and are premiering a new retrospective Charlie Brown film, too.
Back in the day.
Despite being the youngest and least well known of the Valley downhill areas, Mt. Ellen has worldwide renown that, in some ways, overshadows Lincoln Peak and Mad River Glen.
The old Glen Ellen double.
Ski racing has long been integral to Mt. Ellen's identity and many famous skiers have laid edges to snow on its storied slopes. With past, present and future US Ski Team members training with Green Mountain Valley School on Inverness, the "I" has had major influence of the success of World Cup and Olympic racers.
One of our favorite alumni, Doug Lewis, had this remembrance. "Mt. Ellen shaped my entire World Cup career. I probably spent 430 hours riding Inverness Chair and did 2000 training runs on Inverness - and that was just during the four years while attending GMVS - not the 30 years since I graduated in 1982. Inverness rocks!"
One of our best views.
Classic sloshwicking race.
From the past to the fast .. Egan carving it up yesterday.
Another reason Mt. Ellen is famous ... Sugarbush Parks!
In the last few seasons, Sugarbush Parks has brought tremendous new energy to Mt. Ellen. From industry accolades to passholder pride, the parks team has been at the forefront, producing creative fun designs that inspire. Most people guess that Super Bravo is the lift at Sugarbush with the most riders in a season, but they're wrong. It's Sunny D at Mt. Ellen.
Today's 1st Tracks Snow Report from Mt. Ellen.
We've had some weather whips lately, from sub-zero powder to warm rain and then back to frigid. The fresh snow has been tasty, and the snowmakers and groomers have worked their magic after each refreeze.
Looking into Slide Brook. Soon ...
There have only been a few really tough days, but we are all ready for a good long stretch of pure snow. Unfortunately, it looks like another wild weekend, before the pattern changes to a more positive one.
Coach Watie finding some soft stuff this week.
Forecasts call for some snow Friday night, then some not-snow on Saturday, then some hovering near freezing into Sunday and the beginning of next week. This much we know, the snow will be soft and fun on Saturday. Pay no attention to the quality of the precipitation, focus on your smiles.
Ready for another wild weekend?
Join us for great parties and fun turns. See you soon!
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