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Summer Symphony - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August tempers the bright green of July with golden tones, reminding us that this season is always seguing towards the next one. The weaker trees have begun a quiet prelude of fall's fanfare, but they are just minor notes in the summer symphony that is quickly reaching its crescendo.   

Summer's best fun is now!
Summer's best fun is now! 

Even if you are a diehard skier or rider who loves winter's glissando more than anything, most of us can appreciate warm contrasts. Gravity doesn't care about the temperature, and regardless of surface conditions, the tempo and scale of moving down the mountain (on a bike) feels remarkably similar.   

Sugarbush Golf Club is in great shape!
Sugarbush Golf Club is in great shape!

We have a sweet suite of events this weekend to help accent the seasonal opus, starting with the Sugarbush Golf Club's Member/Guest Tournament on Saturday and the famous Taste of the Valley on Sunday. Taste of the Valley is the best way to sample food and beverages from most of the area's restaurants, breweries and distilleries. New this year is an Iron Chef competition, using a pantry stocked with local ingredients. The evening event reliably sells out, so get your tickets now.   

August = Taste of the Valley!
August = Taste of the Valley!

Coach Dani riding light on Turkey Tumble.
Coach Dani riding light on Turkey Tumble. Camps are kicking for two more weeks!

The golden fields of August.
The golden fields of August.

Mad floating.
Mad floating. 

VYCC crew at the end of six weeks of work in the MRV. Dirty, tired and happy!
VYCC crew at the end of six weeks of work in the MRV. Dirty, tired and happy!

Some of our favorite Mad River Riders' trails saw a major upgrade recently, thanks to the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Be sure to take a jaunt in Chase Brook Town Forest to check out their work. The best parking is across from the Fayston School on German Flats Rd.

Here are a few stats to understand the scope of the effort ... 836 hours, 357 yards of on-site material gathered and installed on trail, 197 drainage structures, including: 127 ditches, 8 rock-armored grade reversals, 6 berms, and 62 earth water bars with rock underlay, 2500 feet of corridor cleared, 658 feet of resurfaced trail and 50 feet new trail. Many thanks to the VYCC and especially crew leader and local hero, Wyatt Vargas!

Singing the blues.
Singing the blues. The blueberries are happening!

While we've had many stretches of nice weather this summer, the upcoming weekend might be the best one yet. We expect highs in the 70's and 80's and lows in the 50's and 60's, with brilliant skies and comfortable humidity. 

Summer's sweetest songs are still playing, but not for much longer. Better be here ... now!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
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Golden August fungi.
Golden August fungi.

The wildflower show is peaking.
The wildflower show is peaking.

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