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Solar Gain - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, February 9, 2012

After a steady stream of small snow events, we hit the sunshine jackpot this week. It's been bluebird most days and with some fresh snowmaking and dedicated grooming, the conditions have been quite sweet overall. No doubt, we could use some help from Mother Nature, but until that comes again, we are lucky to have such great terrain and snow.

Solar gain.
Castlerock has lots of fun sun runs. Check out some recent CR kudos

We did have some nice refreshing snow on Friday evening, which really helped the success of the three big events we hosted last weekend; the Main Event, the Junior Castlerock Challenge and the USSMA Dynafit Randonnee Race from MRG to Sugarbush.

USSMA Dynafit Randonnee Race
On the Long Trail section of the Randonnee Race, which was a benefit for the Green Mountain Club.

The forecasts are hinting at the potential for some snow this weekend, which would be nice for the Vermont Senior Games on Sunday. Come cheer on our respected elders! Don't be surprised if they blow you away with their abilities. With age comes experienced wisdom and refined skill, at least that's the hope.  

John Egan enjoying Gate House
One of our most wise and skilled skiers, John Egan!

The views from the mountain this week have been stellar. With the clean clear winter air, the high peaks of the Whites and Adirondacks seem so close you could reach out and touch them. Every trip to the top of Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen seems to start with a moment of silence, as the vistas overwhelm conversation.

Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate today.

Late Tuesday, I got out with Egan, Diggity and some GMVS coaches for a few turns. There we were, skiing thin woods and crispy groomers, all with big smiles pasted on our faces. It's easy to be psyched on a powder morning, but true skiers and riders know the best moments can happen anytime you are on the mountain. You just need to get outside and be open to the possibility of joyful experiences. After all, the most important arc of the day is your smile.

Who needs snow? Just carve the air!

For all the weather challenges this winter, we've done remarkably well. Remember, it isn't close to over either. Historically, the best ski days are in February, March and April. In fact, even in the leanest snow years, a big dump is virtually guaranteed during this period.      

Win checking the conditions.
Win enjoying the sunshine on Gate House today.

While the turns are pretty darn good right now, keep the faith for Mother Nature to deliver some deep Green Mountain bounty. We hope to see you soon!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

p.s. A couple more pictures from this week.

Clean corduroys
Clean corduroy on Tuesday.

Fresh woods.
Fresh woods on Saturday.

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