Win's Word

Reckless Skiing

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In recent weeks, we have received complaints from first-time as well as veteran skiers about reckless skiers and riders. Some have complained of near-misses, and others of being hit by another skier or boarder. The vast majority of our skiers and riders adhere to the Skier Responsibility Code. And over the years, we have had very few reported collision injuries. This winter is no different. However, the complaints from guests are more frequent, and we are taking them seriously.

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Moose, Spring, and Season Passes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It is really exciting to see a moose, and we have seen our share of them at Sugarbush in the past few years. As fun as it is to see one, please remember that they are huge animals and can be dangerous.  It is important to give them a wide berth and never come between a calf and a mother. 

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The Sweetest Month of March

Friday, March 6, 2015

When I attended Deerfield Academy, our Headmaster, Frank Boyden, drilled into us to never pass by litter without picking it up.  I have always been appalled by littering, especially when it comes to our beautiful mountain. I have historically seen a lot less litter here at Sugarbush than at many mountains, and I think that is due to the respect that most people have for this Valley.

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Fabulous Conditions

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Weather Channel loves to emphasize disaster.  "Wicked cold coming in this weekend. Do not venture out.  Stay home and be a couch potato."  On the other hand, my good friend and fellow Sugarbush colleague John Egan always reminds us that "there is never a bad day of skiing, just bad equipment or clothing."  Conditions right now are fabulous.  Long time Sugarbushers have told me that they cannot remember a year when we have had good continuous conditions for this long a period of time.  The Northeast has been in the sweet spot, and the ten-day forecast shows no sign of this changing.

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As Good a Season as Any

Thursday, February 5, 2015

I was in Denver last week for the National Ski Areas Association semi-annual Board meeting (I am the treasurer). In speaking to peers around the country, we are having as good a season as any. Excellent early snow in Colorado and Utah gave way to several dry, warm weeks. California experienced its driest month since 1840. The Northeast, and especially Sugarbush, have been on the good side of Mother Nature. Beginning with MLK Monday, the snow train keeps rolling across our mountains.

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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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