Thursday, March 14, 2013
Thank you, Mother Nature and our grooming team. Together you provided a wonderful morning for my 100th day on skis this season. Following Tuesday's rain (nearly one inch), our groomers hit 54 trails last night as light snow started falling. At 6:30 AM, we reported 2 inches of new powder, but by the time I got to the lift it was snowing fast and furious and my pole at the top of North Lynx measured a good 7-8 inches of fresh snow. The grooming underneath and the lightness of the new powder made for hero skiing and riding today.
This really has been an interesting winter. After 99 inches of near-record snowfall in December, January and February were drier than normal. The snow we received has kept the trails fresh, and I think we are set-up for another month-and-a-half of fun spring skiing. Even though we have had three thaws and quite a bit of rain, each lasted only a day or two and were quickly followed by cold and snow. This last thaw and rain on Tuesday was no exception. It damaged a number of natural trails, but where we had a good snowmaking base the snow absorbed the rain and very few brown spots were visible on any of them. Groomers touched-up these areas last night and this morning's delightful new snow has prepared us for another great weekend of skiing and riding. We don't see much snow in the forecast over the next few days, but I am keeping my eye on next week's weather pattern. There is a possible spring storm brewing for Tuesday and Wednesday.
As you know, season passes for next season are now on sale. We have not increased the prices from last spring and these prices are good through May 8th. Any new passholder will receive a free Spring Pass so they can ski and ride free for the rest of this season. Our Spring Pass is valid Monday, March 18th through the end of the season and is on sale now for only $199.
This weekend is our annual Sugaring Time Festival filled with lots of fun stuff for everyone, including a maple scavenger hunt, live apres music, and an 80’s Retro Dance Party and Costume Contest in Castlerock Pub Saturday night.
Next weekend is Dummy Big Air. And the final weekend of March is Easter Weekend with Pond Skimming and our traditional Easter service at Allyn's Lodge, an Easter Egg Hunt at both ME and LP, and delicious Easter Brunch at Timbers.
While I have already reached my goal of 100 days, my ski season is far from over. With great conditions on the mountain right now, I am hoping to get to 120 or even 130 days this year before hanging-up my skis for the season.
Hope to see you on the mountain these next several weeks.