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Very Vernal - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The leaves, flowers and grasses are still a solid month behind where they normally are in mid-May, but the heat this week really brought the Mad River Valley to life again.

Juxtaposed seasons.
Juxtaposed seasons.

Despite temps near 80 degrees, snow and ice persist, even at the lowest elevations. With more warmth and precipitation coming though, things will be very vernal soon. 

Running colors.
Running colors.

You can almost see the blossoms growing by the second. Blink your eyes and new flowers appear where you least expect.

Flower power.
Flower power.

Spring leafout is almost as vibrant as autumn's display.
Spring leafout is almost as vibrant as autumn's display. 

With all this spring beauty, it begs the question why Vermont's only well-known leaf season is the fall end game?    

The Sugarbush Golf Club is looking better every day.
The Sugarbush Golf Club is looking better every day. $50 with cart.

The driving range was just upgraded. What's that red thing out there?
The driving range got upgraded. What's that red thing out there?

An old gondola! We'll be holding some fun contests with this historic target.
An old gondola! Look for fun contests with this historic target.

Another highlight of spring is the return of wild edibles. After a long winter, these foods explode with fresh local flavor.

Foraging season is ramping up. Not weeds. Punny.
Foraging season is ramping up. Not weeds. Punny.

Speaking of fresh local flavor, the top-notch Waitsfield Farmers' Market kicks off this Saturday, May 17th. Part foodie paradise, part cool crafts, part social scene and part dog show, our farmers' market sets a high standard. 

Warm weather outdoor adventure opportunities are on the upswing, too. We are lucky to have world-class boating, biking and hiking venues. Be sure to give them a spin this summer.  

GMVS helping prep the Blueberry Lake trails.
GMVS helping prep the Mad River Riders' Blueberry Lake trails, which recently won an international model trail award.

Join the Riders at Blueberry Lake on June 8th for the official groundbreaking of the Phase 2 trails. Afterwards, there's a season kick-off party at the Common Man. More fun? Yes, please!

Many of the MRR's trails are open for hiking and biking.
Many of the MRR's trails are now open for hiking and biking.

Fun for the family.
Seasonal roll-over in Old Center Fayston.


"Gonna plant a weeping willow."

The spring spectacle is just starting, so you're not late ... yet. See you soon!

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
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