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Safe Skiing for Lifetime of Fun on the Slopes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Skiing is my passion, and I would love to say that I skied 100 days when I am 100. For that to happen, I have to be able to ski. During National Safety Awareness Month, I am reminded of things that I should be doing so I can still be on the slopes in 35 years.

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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lili and I wish all of our Sugarbush family a very Happy New Year. It looks like 2015 will get off to a good start with some snow on New Year's day and some more over the weekend. Then we have another run of really good snowmaking temperatures next week to get the mountain in good shape for the rest of the season. As you know, February, March and even April usually bring the best snows of the season, so with the base we now have we could end up with another great and long ski season like last year. Our main New Year's resolution is to keep making Sugarbush bettter for you and in 2015 the major item on our list will be a new Fixed grip quad to replace the Valley House double. If we're able to get it permitted, we want to have the loading area brought further down the hill for the convenience of everyone.

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Cold Weather Returns

Monday, December 29, 2014

Yes, the roller coaster ride is continuing.  The rain we experienced Christmas Eve and then again a day ago was a real bummer.  After having the best mid-December conditions in decades, we reverted back to the mean.  However, the trails held up really well where we had made snow, and our groomers did an excellent job.  The two feet of natural snow we received after Thanksgiving allowed most of our natural trails to remain open even though they are thin, firm and not groomable until we get more snow. We still have over 100 trails open, but the ungroomed are for experts only. For several days, the temperatures remained above freezing and this created some really nice, soft, spring-like skiing.

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The Roller Coaster Ride Continues

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The roller coaster ride continues.  But before I discuss that, first let me wish everyone a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  I hope you enjoy the time with your friends and family and that the New Year will bring you health and happiness and, of course, superb skiing and riding.

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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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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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