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Thursday, August 21, 2014

While summer still has some life in it, the cool nights of late August are a sure sign of things to come. (Get your winter passes now for the best prices and new sweet deals!) Although we can wax poetic about any time of the year, from now to peak foliage in October is extra special.

Many thanks to Lareau Farm/ American Flatbread for hosting our employee party!
Many thanks to Lareau Farm/ American Flatbread for hosting our summer employee party!

The scenery alone is enough to satisfy, but the event calendar kicks up and so does the fun. This weekend, we are excited to host the High Fives Charity Golf Tournament (sold out!) and the POC Eastern States Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race, and the free VT Music Fest is at Kenyon's Field and Lareau Farm.

High Fives Founder and local hero, Roy Tuscany.
High Fives Founder and local hero, Roy Tuscany.

If you've never checked out a downhill bike race before, it is a great spectator event. You can ride the lift up and hike down to the course on Snowball and Eden, or head up from the bottom. Some of the most challenging sections are near the bottom, so you don't have to go far to see some action.

The top riders maintain incredible speeds throughout a tough course, with winning times well under five minutes, top-to-bottom. For some perspective, trying to ski or snowboard this race route and beat their times is really hard.

Eastern States Cup returns to Sugarbush this weekend!
The POC Eastern States Cup returns to Sugarbush this weekend!

One of the pro riders competing this weekend is Ali Zimmer, a sponsored Sugarbush rider, who was just named to the USA Cycling World Championship Team. Ali is headed to Lillehammer, Norway next month to compete in the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championship! Be sure to give her a loud cheer as she blasts by on the track.

Ali Zimmer leading a MRR's Wednesday Womens clinic at Lareau Farm.
Ali Zimmer leading a free MRR's Wednesday Womens clinic at Lareau Farm.

Mad River Riders and GMVS trail work day in Camel's Hump State Forest.
Mad River Riders and GMVS trail work day in Camel's Hump State Forest this week.

Getting tall, almost time for harvest.
Getting tall, almost time for harvest. 

Still life wildflowers on Pony Farm Rd.
Still life wildflowers on Pony Farm Rd.

Whooping it up at the Farmer's Market.
Whooping it up at the Farmer's Market.

True colors.
True colors.

The weather looks beautiful for the weekend into next week. Summer's sliding out and the autumn party is just starting to warm-up. Better be here.

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
Staff PhotographerSnow ReporterCoach 

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