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.
We had a very aggressive grooming plan Saturday night which included portions of Castlerock and Stein's again. We reported three inches of Utah powder at 6:30 AM but by the time I got onto Stein's and then Middle Earth I thought we had at least six. It was a marvelous day! The wind was really ripping at Heaven's Gate though and that lift never opened on Saturday. In fact, the wind took out one of the wires on Tower 9, which resulted in electrical issues, and the lift was delayed opening Sunday. By the time the wire problem was identified and repaired it was almost 1 PM, but the first people who rode the chair had some great afternoon freshies. Of course, a few hikers beat them to it, but a groomed Ripcord with that fresh snow stayed nice through to closing.
Over the weekend, we hosted two important charitable events:
Peter's FUNd Racer, an annual event held at Lincoln Peak, which raises money for melanoma research and patient care. The organization has donated over a million dollars to selected charities. Their ski race is for all abilities and is put on in memory of Peter Newton, a former ski patroller here at Sugarbush who died of melanoma.
And the Phat Ski-A-Thon, an annual event held at Mt. Ellen that benefits Roy Tuscany's High Fives Foundation. This organization raises money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering winter sports injury. Watching Roy ski Stein's on Saturday was inspirational and we are all proud to partner with his great organization. This year’s event raised $80,000.
This coming week, we host the Mary Haas Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Foundation for their annual fundraiser, too. This event is held in memory of Mary Haas, a very successful financial advisor in Merrill Lynch's Burlington, Vermont office who succumbed to ovarian cancer a few years ago.
I know that these worthwhile charities really appreciate the support of the Sugarbush community.
This week will be colder than normal and likely dry but the temperatures will be moderating for the weekend and I predict another stretch of really nice days. And looking ahead further into March, I am wondering.... Will we get a St. Patty's Day storm like 2007? Stay tuned.