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Sweet Lines - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, March 28, 2013

On top of the incredible snow we have received in the last two weeks, we are now deep in a nearly ideal maple sugaring season. Many of you know that our name, sugarbush is direct reference to a stand of maples used for making sugar, and the fruits of this tradition are among our favorite local flavors.   

Sleeper leaper.
Sleeper leaper today.

Good sugaring weather just happens to be make for great skiing and riding conditions too. Moderately warm days and nicely cool nights mean tasty maple syrup in the valley and sweet soft turns on the mountain. The next best thing to powder is spring corn snow, which reaches its prime state through these gentle cycles of heating and cooling. Mmmm, fresh syrup and creamy corn is a delectable combo.

Bush Pilot Trish lapping up last weekend's snow.
Bush Pilot Trish lapping up last weekend's snow.

The upcoming weekend looks like the first real spring session of the season, and just in time for Sugarbush's vernal rite of passage, Pond Skimming! Whether you are braving the competition or watching from the sidelines, nothing rings in spring quite like this party. 

Remember to keep your tips up.
Remember to keep your tips up. 

Here are a few quick hints for a successful pond skim >>>

1. Go fast. Do whatever you need to make sure you have maximum velocity. Without speed, you won't have a chance.

2. Go wide. Narrow skis or boards are more difficult to maintain good float.

3. Be prepared for the transition from snow to water. You will immediately slow down, so be sure to keep your tips up, otherwise you'll end up like the guy above, doing a faceplant belly-flop.

4. Smile. Nothing is more important than a good attitude. The water is cold and if you go in, you'll need some cheer to warm yourself. 

What a great stretch of snow we've had!
What a great stretch of snow we've had! Jack on first track.

Many thanks to our seasonal program families and friends!
Many thanks to our seasonal program families and friends!

Coach Ned and his Adventure Blazer group.
Coach Ned and his Adventure Blazer group.

Smiles from two of our happiest Blazers.
Smiles from two of our happiest Blazers.

Coach Jay's group was sampling the ample woods.
Coach Jay's group was sampling the ample woods.

Still finding powder on Monday.
Still finding powder in Slide Brook on Monday.

Wide wale ... always stylish.
Wide wale ... always stylish.

Coach Mer leading a lesson. Nice progression!
Coach Mer leading a lesson. Nice progression!

We are 100% open, Saturday looks like a perfect spring day and the maple sap is flowing. It is high time for some sweet lines at Sugarbush.

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange 

Rice Brook update. Location, elevation, excitation.
Rice Brook update. Location, elevation, excitation.

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