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Snow Fall - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, October 24, 2013

With the glory of peak foliage passed and stick season in full swing, we've been anticipating a drop in temperatures and the start of snow. The weekly forecast looked positive for some frozen goods and today delivered the first real accumulation. If you are reading this, it is likely that you are feeling the same heightened excitement that we do. Welcome back, Snow!

Transition exposition.
Transition exposition this morning. Got your pass or Quad Packs yet? 

Aside from early snowfalls, many folks think that stick season is bereft of beauty. However, the beauty is just subtler than more obvious periods. With most of the leaves down, the underlying terrain becomes visible again. The angled sunlight illuminates the woods in a unique way, brightening and sharpening them in stark contrasts.

While the weather works on changing over to winter, there are still a lot of fun MRV adventures to enjoy. The biking is still good and the Riders have cleared leaves from trails at Blueberry Lake and Old Center Fayston already.  

IMBA Model Gateway Trail at Blueberry Lake.
The International Mountain Bike Association just named the Mad River Riders' Blueberry Lake network a Model Gateway Trail. Fun for everyone!

Late fall is also a great time to hike the mountains and scope trails and ski lines. Knowing what is under the snow before it falls is good information. All this fun helps you get ready for those first turns too.

Speaking of first turns ... weather-permitting, snowmaking is scheduled to start November 1st and Opening Day is less than a month away, on November 23rd. Yes, that was a shot of more adrenaline hitting your system. Relish it. 

Guess what got delivered this week. New HKD high-efficiency snowguns for Stein's and Ripcord!
Guess what got delivered this week. New HKD high-efficiency snowguns for Stein's and Ripcord!

Sugarbush Patrol Refresher 2013.
Sugarbush Patrol Refresher 2013.

This past weekend was the Sugarbush Patrol Refresher. In the picture above, there are patrollers with decades of experience, a couple EMT's, a doctor, and a veterinarian. This is only a small subset of the whole patrol too. 

Is that a new goggle feature?
Is that a new goggle feature? Practicing for the worst.

We are lucky to have one of the most proficient and dedicated patrols in the country. You don't ever want to need them, but you'll be thankful if you do. Patrollers also do a lot more than just rescue people, we are all safer because of their work.

The fall riding is still great, especially at night with unicorns and rainbows.
Fall riding is great, especially at night with unicorns and rainbows. 

The hiking is rocking too.
The hiking is rocking too.

Stick season colors.
Stick season colors.

Valley view.
Valley view.

One more snow shot for good measure.
Another snow shot for good measure.

We've got one more fall event, Glow Golf at the Sugarbush Golf Club on October 31st. Next up is the Waitsfield Ski and Skate Sale November 9th-10th, and then Big Kicker at the Big Picture on November 16th. After that, we hope to be making turns on the mountain. 

The weather looks cold this weekend, with potential for more snow at elevation. Join us for some stick season fun.

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
Staff Photographer/ Snow Reporter/ Coach

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