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Improvements on the Horizon

Friday, April 11, 2014

Normally when I leave Sugarbush in the winter we get a dump of fresh powder. Last weekend I traveled to Connecticut for my newest grandson's christening, and Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day for spring skiing. I managed to glance at the Sugarbush app several times and saw with envy the bluebird skies and people enjoying the mountain. It was a great way to end the season at Mt. Ellen. Fortunately, it looks like we will continue with many more sunny spring days at Lincoln Peak, and at this point it appears that this weekend should be really nice. Warmer temperatures and the powerful spring sun will start to eat at Castlerock and North Lynx, but the many trails with abundant manmade snow in addition to the natural snows of February and March will hold up well for awhile longer. Our Parks crew has done a nice job setting up over twenty features on Racer's Edge, and the snowpack is holding up quite well there.

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Spring is Here

Friday, April 4, 2014

Last weekend was not the greatest skiing and riding we have had this season. After it warmed up on Saturday, some nice turns could be had, but Sunday was a damp and dreary day. The snow was soft, and if you had good rain gear you could have some fun. Pond skimming on Saturday was its usual fun, and I am only sorry that we had to cut it off at 100 participants. I know more wanted to skim the pond.  My grandchildren ages 6 and 8 dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and convinced me to be "The Cat in the Hat" and go before them. My two sons made big splashes as Hulk Mania and the Son of God.  With the soft snow, we all got wet but had a lot of  fun.

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Getting a Jump on Lift Maintenance

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In a recent Win's Word, I mentioned that we would be making lift maintenance our top priority this summer, and we have begun actively pursuing that. Unexpectedly, we got an early start on Heaven's Gate as the motor - which had been rebuilt earlier this year - had a drive shaft break Monday morning as the lift was starting up. We will be installing a new motor (so that project will be behind us) and will have the lift spinning this weekend through the end of the season.

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Some of the Best Skiing Remains

Friday, March 21, 2014

Having had four children who were actively involved in spring sports, I understand why the interest in skiing wanes after March. When we examine our prior Aprils, we see that the total number of skier visits for the month equals about what we average on a typical February or March weekend. It’s a shame, because the warmer temperatures and occasional snow storms can make for some of the best skiing of the season.

Photo taken 3/21/14

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A Charity Filled Seventh-Inning Stretch

Monday, March 3, 2014

It is the seventh-inning stretch of the season. The game is pretty well determined, but we’re hoping for a few more runs across home plate and perhaps a surprise grand slam from Mother Nature. The first two days of March were a great start to the second snowiest month of the year and a welcome beginning to some of our springtime charitable events. 

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About Win Smith
President & Owner

So what would you expect a former Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch to do when he retires? Lay low in the islands? Nope. He moves north and works seven days a week right here at Sugarbush. Check out what he's been thinking.

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