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Our Recent Storm and Mt. Ellen's Opening

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The weather roller coaster turned into a great ride last Wednesday.  We first received around 10" of "Sierra Cement," but where we had groomed (and after some human grooming) there was some great skiing and riding that day.  There were a number of enthusiastic reports from those who took first tracks down Stein's and Paradise.  The storm treated us well.  We stayed mostly all snow with just a brief period of misting in the base area.  Then the temperatures got a bit cooler and round two of the storm delivered another 10" of lighter powder.  The storm continued to swirl overhead and by the weekend, we had several more inches of snow.  That allowed us to be 100% open at Lincoln Peak by the weekend, and I have never seen the skiing and riding like this in early December.  I asked a number of people who have been around for decades if they had ever seen it better. Mike Murphy (Jack Murphy’s son) said that maybe in 1974 it was as good, but never better.

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The Season Begins

Monday, December 1, 2014

Growing up in New York City, one of my favorite school outings was to Coney Island.  I really enjoyed  riding the roller coaster. Unfortunately, now I dread the weather roller coaster we often see this time of year as we prepare for the ski season.  Getting ready for opening weekend, we saw some nice cold temperatures and planned to be open top-to-bottom for the third year in a row.  We made that goal, but then the temperatures warmed up, a lot of snow ran into the rivers, and when cold returned we had to resurface where we had already made snow instead of moving on to other areas.

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Our Community

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It is raining here in Warren, and the orange and red leaves are falling from the trees in anticipation of winter. It will be mere days until the rain turns to snow and our winter season begins. I am reflecting on our recent Community Weekend, when so many guests and partners joined us on a beautiful weekend at the mountain to celebrate our community. Community is a word we’re using a lot lately—and a hashtag we’ll be using all year (#SBCommunity)--as a way to communicate how life is better here in the Mad River Valley.

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Murphy Moose's Western Relatives

Friday, October 3, 2014

Lili and I are spending a few days in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and getting a sense of what foliage season looks like out west. Nothing rivals our colors back home in Vermont, but Wyoming's moose population may upstage ours. I look forward to seeing many of you at Community Weekend, and passing on greetings from Murphy Moose's western relatives.

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Pitching In Against Global Climate Change

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lili and I recently spent a week in Iceland.  I was with a group I have been getting together with for a number of years, while Lili spent the week with two of her daughters on their own excursion.  We met up on the last day for a jeep tour into the interior followed by an afternoon hike.

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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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