Thursday, January 20, 2011
Last week was a terrific seven days. Our skier visits were up 15% over the prior year (and it was a strong week last year) plus we had a record Saturday and Sunday. Thank you to everyone who came up to our mountains and valley for some great skiing and riding. With all of our trails open and 16 lifts running, lift lines were short (with the exception of Castlerock, of course) and the trails didn't seem overly crowded. That is what I have always loved about Sugarbush. Our mountain absorbs people and makes for a great day even on busy holiday weekends.
Now some bragging about my grandkids. Jack, who is seven, really started to set an edge and he navigated Stein's and Castlerock like a champ. Madyn, who is six, worked with Helen for two days and was cruising down Sleeper fearlessly. And Cole, my three-year-old grandson, joined Microbears over the weekend and had a blast. It is a great feeling to know that I have more family to ski with in the years ahead.
Our First Timer to Life Timer Program is going great and we now have issued more than 104 season passes to adults who have completed our three-day program. So if you have any friends who have yet to be on-snow, send them our way and we will give them a gift for life.
This morning John Egan and I took the Lincoln Limo out at 7 AM with three journalists from Montreal, a family of three from Virginia, and a few local diehards. We made four runs down soft new powder on Birch, Morning Star, Sunrise and Sleeper before heading-in for some breakfast.
The snow we received last night was heavier that what we have been getting and is just what we needed to set-up the base on the natural trails and in the woods. With more snow forecasted for Friday, the weekend is shaping up to be an excellent one.
Don't let the weather people scare you away with their warning of bitter cold the next few days. It will likely be below zero at night and in the single digits during the day. But if the sun is shining and the winds are light, the skiing and riding is going to be sweet. Remember, there is never a bad day on the slopes, just bad clothing. So I would recommend putting on an extra layer and coming on out. I will be there, no matter what!
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