Thursday, November 17, 2011
This time of year is often the most challenging for skiers and riders. The bright glory of autumn has passed, the mountains are ready for snow, and we've been waiting and preparing since spring, but the weather just takes its sweet time conforming to our expectations.
Have no fear, opening day may be delayed, but it sure isn't cancelled! Actually, a Thanksgiving opening is our next goal. We're currently blowing snow on Jester and Downspout and there are natural flakes in the forecast for next Monday through Wednesday.
A very localized snow storm at Lincoln Peak.
While we wait for the snow to pile up, the fun has not stopped. The biking and hiking have been extraordinary recently. The combo of no bugs, great sightlines and dry trails has yielded some of the best conditions of the whole year.
The fun also kicks into high gear this Saturday with the Big Kicker Winter Kickoff Party. Sugarbush and Mad River Glen are sponsoring this fun, free, family-friendly event, complete with a freestyle trampoline demo, a cool photo contest, two awesome ski and snowboard movie premiers, tasty Cabot fondue, and two of our favorite snowdance bands, Red Hot Juba and the Starline Rhythm Boys!
Rock and roll. Photo by Coach Diggity!
Of course, we are all ready for winter, but in the meantime, there is no reason to fret. Get out and enjoy the last bits of fall. Be sure to wear orange and avoid heavy hunting areas until after next weekend too.
The faster you go, the smoother it gets.
Having another week to get ready has its pluses. Who among us can honestly say that we've gotten everything accomplished that we wanted to before the snow flies and the mountain opens?
Get to the SHARC for some quality mind/body prep!
Remember to get your bindings and boots safety checked. This quick and inexpensive step is a really smart way to protect yourself from equipment issues. These tests should be done at least once a year and ensure that your skis release the way that they were designed.
If you were ahead of the game last spring and got one final tune before storing your skis or board, good for you. You may still need to get the storage wax scraped off and a fresh coat applied, but this is a very minor job. If you are like the rest of us, now is the time to get a fresh edge and wax. Starting the season with properly tuned gear is a like tying your shoes before running, it just makes sense.
We raise tough kids.
Stay tuned to future Stokes for rundowns on new ski/board shapes, ski and snowboarding touring gear and a fresh look at boots. As much as our personal performance is most important, having well-matched gear can make the difference between flop and fun.
Pink sky at night, skiers' delight!
We've had snow every week since Halloween! Mount Ellen, Nov. 12th.
If you are in town this weekend, we better see you at the Big Kicker for some group snowdancing. Research has shown that snowdances are far more effective when done with friends. We hope to see you soon!
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