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Snow Flow - Sugarbush Stoke Echange

Thursday, January 17, 2013

According to VT weather records, there has only been one winter in the last forty or so years that hasn't had a January thaw. This year's warm-up left the mountains a little bruised, but as of yesterday, Sugarbush is back in the snow flow.   

We grabbed 4 inches yesterday and another quick 2 inches in a powerful morning squall today. The new snow has made a nice difference on the groomed trails, but we need more for the ungroomed and natural snow routes to get really good again. That said, the wind has been redistributing the wealth and there are some well-covered pockets in leeward areas. As always, scope suspect areas slowly. There are lots of hidden obstacles, especially off-piste and in the mogul troughs.

Snowing again!
Snowing again!

More snow is predicted to fall starting tomorrow and into Sunday, with warmer temps on Saturday. This temp/precip combo may help coat the underlayer and bond the new snow to the old. Our snowmakers and groomers have been busy too, and have refreshed many trails this week. This schedule is set to continue, as conditions allow.

Overall, we are going into the MLK holiday in pretty good shape, with a solid base in place, lots of new snowmaking and the potential for natural accumulation. Add in a full event schedule, including Sugarbush's famous Torchlight Parade and Fireworks party on Saturday night, and you've got lots of reasons to be here this weekend. In case you were wondering where to watch the fireworks, the Wunderbar in Valley House has one of the best views, plus cold beverages and tasty food.

Diamond Dog Colby taking off in the USSA mogul competition.
Diamond Dog Colby taking off in the USSA mogul competition last Saturday at Mount Ellen.

Young bump skiers waiting for their turns.
Young bump skiers waiting for their turns.

Check the Weekly Rumble for moose musings and more January fun!

The Sugar Shaman at work.
The Sugar Shaman at work.

Allyn's Lodge Cabin Cat Dinner and Ski.
Loading up for an Allyn's Lodge Cabin Cat Dinner.

Gourmet food and night skiing? Mmmmm.
Gourmet food and fresh night skiing? Mmmmm, tasty.

I see sunrise.
I see sunrise.

We've already recorded 147" so far this season and the traditionally snowiest portion of winter is still ahead of us. The holiday weekend turns should be soft and fun, and we keep getting unforecasted and more-than forecasted snows. Nobody likes hearing, "You should have been here. It was awesome!"

As much as our focus is on skiing and riding at Sugarbush, please remember to celebrate Martin Luther King's life and accomplishments during this holiday weekend. His work has benefitted all of us.

We hope to see you soon!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange  

MEllen sunset.
MEllen ball.

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