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Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Better be here" takes on new urgency this time of year. The end is near. After an unbroken streak that started November 17th, daily operations finish on Sunday.

We have seen some stunningly beautiful days at Sugarbush this week, and the upcoming weekend looks to continue the glory. With a good chance for sunshine throughout, Saturday is supposed to be in the high 50's, Sunday is in the mid-60's. The snow will be soft and the smiles will be wide. 

Jumping the overlap gap between seasons.
Jumping the overlap gap between seasons.

At most, we've got only five days left for lift-served turns, before Winter 2012-2013 gets put to bed. We are committed to re-opening for the first weekend in May, barring any crazy meltdowns or other weather challenges. Next week does look warm, though.

Lawn mowing, golf, soccer, biking and anything else you may be considering as a weekend activity can wait. All of that will be here for the whole summer, the snow won't be. (Well, maybe it will be. The Stein's Glacier is holding up really well.)    

Bush Pilots don't quit until the snow is gone.
Bush Pilots don't quit until the snow is gone. Go Chris!

Our snowpack is still deep enough that two natural snow trails remain open, Spillsville and Paradise Extension. On the north-facing snowmaking runs, it's pretty much top-to-bottom and wall-to-wall. We plan to have 22 trails open, served by Heaven's Gate and Super Bravo chairs. It's hard to believe May is only a few days away. 

Watie by the waterfall.
Watie by the waterfall.

Signs of spring are popping up in the Valley. Peepers are peeping, the grass is just starting to turn green again and the first tree leaves are about to unfurl. 

Peaking on Lincoln Peak.
Peaking on Lincoln Peak. 

Ripcord is still deep undercover.
Ripcord is still deep undercover.


This morning's 1st Tracks Snow Report.

Before we get look too far ahead, the skiing and riding are awesome. Some of the early groomer runs have been among the best I've ever skied. There is nothing more consistent than freshly smoothed corn snow that's cured at the perfect temperature. Not even butter is this buttery. 

The groomers have been incredible this week.
The groomers have been incredible this week.

Going up?
Going up?

Regardless of how good the skiing and riding are right now, the spring transition is moving inexorably toward warmer weather. Be sure to make the most of the remaining time. November is a long stretch to wait for your next ski day. Join us for a few more turns before it all goes away.

The Mad River Riders are hard at work already.
The Mad River Riders are already hard at work. Two grand openings are scheduled for the spring. Stay tuned for details!

Although, while we are thinking about summer, it is worth noting that the fun never stops at Sugarbush and in the Mad River Valley. The Mad Triathlon is May 11th. The famous Waitsfield Farmer's Market starts May 18th.

Bike season is already rolling down low, and the Sugarbush Golf Course hopes to open May 3rd. The BrewGrass Festival and Eastern States Cup bike races are June 15-16th.

Lift-served downhill biking starts June 22nd and summer adventure camps kick off soon after. Our swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities are world class. If you only know us as a winter destination, you are missing much of what makes this place so special.

We are happy to welcome you in any season and it's going to be a great weekend of turns. We hope to see you soon!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange 

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