Win's Word

Bears, Fairs, Gaps and Golf

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

On Sunday Lili and I went to the Tunbridge World's Fair. It is not quite the World's Fair that you might have visited in New York or Montreal, but it is one of the more interesting and fun New England autumn fairs, complete with livestock of all kinds, pig races, equestrian competitions, tractor pulls, rides of all sorts, and plenty of unhealthy but tasty food like blooming onions, fried dough, and hand-cut fries. There was also delicious grilled sweet corn, which we chowed down with enthusiasm. 

Speaking of corn, the fields this year are getting thinned by the bears. Warm temperatures in early spring brought the apple blossoms out early, only to be killed by a late frost. The apple yield is thin and therefore the bears are looking for other food to fatten-up before winter hibernation and have made their way down the mountains into the corn fields.

As we returned to the Valley over the Roxbury gap, we noticed for the first time that the colors are beginning to show nicely. The trees are healthy after a marvelous summer with plenty of sunshine and enough rain. I think foliage this year is going to be lovely. Peak is usually just before Columbus Day, so if you are planning to be here for Community Day on October 6, you might hit it just right.

Sugarbush Foliage

Speaking of the Roxbury gap, the upper portion on the Warren side has been freshly paved and a new guardrail installed -- a really nice improvement. Also, the Town of Fayston paved German Flats Road and the entrance to Mt. Ellen up to Barton Road. Next spring, Route 100 from Waitsfield to Warren is scheduled to be paved by the state.

We had another busy weekend. Norwich University's annual class reunions included a number of dinners here at Sugarbush, and the Vermont State Women's Mid-Am Golf Tournament was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club. Ninety-nine women from all over the state participated. Andrea Brown from the Champlain Country Club was the tournament champion and defended her previous title. Nancy Devaux was low net, followed by Sugarbush's own Jan Vassello who was second net. The team competition was won by Burlington Country Club. This coming weekend we are once again hosting the annual Vermont Troops and Families Golf Tournament and a portion of the proceeds this year with be donated to the Vermont Flood Relief Fund.

At Timbers from now through Columbus Day weekend, we are offering a free scenic lift ride prior to dinner. Just make a reservation at Timbers on a Saturday or a Sunday. Arrive early, stop by Timbers to get a Bravo lift ticket, and then enjoy a pre-dinner fall foliage ride on the mountain before sitting down to a hearty dinner. Personally, I love the localvore salad and either the Misty Knoll chicken or the rib eye. Lili is a fan of the various gluten-free choices as well as the salmon.

Our season pass early-pricing deadline was last Wednesday and once again sales were very strong. Thank you to everyone who signed up for the season. (Of course, our passes are still available but at a slightly higher rate.) We have also launched our SugarDirect card. For only $99, you can get direct-to-lift access and discounts on daily lift tickets.

With cooler nights coming in, we are turning our thoughts to winter and anticipating the snow guns firing-up around the first of November.


See you soon,



About Win Smith
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