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Winter Rebound - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Everybody is aware of the weather challenges we've had this winter. Sure, we've had frigid days, enjoyed powder several times and even opened significant numbers of natural snow trails. But the consecutive thaws have taken their toll each time.

What you might not know is that after every meltdown, the snowmakers and groomers have worked modern miracles to bring the mountains back from the brink. The open trails are in remarkably good condition and continue to improve.   

Freshies this morning on Organgrinder.
Edge-deep freshies this morning on Organgrinder.

Winter has also returned this week and Sugarbush has gotten 5 inches in the last two days at the summits. We have a chance of snow in the forecast every day into next week and our elevation has been helping wring extra flakes out of the air. Don't be surprised to hear about more accumulation over the weekend. 

Bush Pilot Coach Jesse training on Birch Run yesterday.
Bush Pilot Coach Jesse training on Birch Run yesterday.

Today's 1st Tracks Snow Report.

Despite the setbacks, we continue to have a ton of fun. Last weekend's Mt. Ellen 50th Anniversary was raging, many thanks to everyone that came and participated.

The Elliot family helping celebrate Mt. Ellen's 50th.
The Elliot family, original Mt. Ellen owners, helping celebrate.

At one point, looking around at the crowd in the Green Mountain Lounge, I was reminded of one of the coolest things about Sugarbush. We may be in a small remote valley, but we are also one of the centers of the ski/snowboard universe. In the room, there were Olympians, movie stars, business moguls, ski industry pioneers and a large contingent of our incredibly talented community.  

Egan with old friend Tom Day and his two children.
Egan with old friend Tom Day and his two children. 

Speaking of stars and pioneers, we were graced with a visit this week from Tom Day and his family. Tom grew up in Montpelier, used to skip school to ski with Egan, and went on to work with John as an athlete and cameraman. He is also a Champlain College graduate. From these humble beginnings, Tom is now the Director of Cinematography for Warren Miller Entertainment. 

Starting this Saturday, Champlain College and Sugarbush are teaming up to offer the First Tracks Film Camp. This is a chance to ski and shoot with Egan, learn strong editing skills from CC faculty and explore Sugarbush's great terrain. Get all the details here.   

Doug Lewis, yet another Sugarbush rock star, at the Sarajevo Olympics.
Doug Lewis, yet another Sugarbush rock star, at the Sarajevo Olympics with Bill Johnson.

In addition to his successful ski career, our own Doug Lewis is now an announcer for NBC Universal Sports, calling ski races all over the world. He's headed to Sochi soon. Be sure to tune in for his fun knowledgeable play-by-play action analysis. 

A favorite Doug Lewis video.

January is Learn to Ski and Ride Month!
January is Learn to Ski & Ride Month! Check our $29 lift/lesson/rental deal.

Fun in the sun at Gate House yesterday.
Fun in the sun at Gate House and North Lynx yesterday.

There are a lot of Sugarbush rock stars!
There are a lot of Sugarbush rock stars! 

A few more stars.
A few more.

Diamond Dino rolling in style.
Diamond Dino rolling in style.

There's a lot of ski history in these smiles.
The amount of ski history in these smiles is huge. Dean Decas, John Egan and David Babic.

The weekend weather looks great, the snow is fun and the holiday events are rolling. Better be here! 

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
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