Monday, September 26, 2011
A "Busman's Holiday" is when someone who drives a bus relaxes on his day off by riding the bus. A mountainman's holiday is when someone like me leaves the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont for a weeklong honeymoon in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. Lili and I had a really fun week at the Triple Creek Ranch in Darby -- riding, fishing, hiking and enjoying some wonderful cuisine and fine wine. However, it is always great to get back to Sugarbush and see what changes a week brings.
When we left there was a hint of color in the hills, but upon our return Sunday I was amazed that the reds and oranges were already getting vibrant. This promises to be a really nice foliage season. Peak is usually around Columbus Day weekend and I would bet that this might just be the case this year.
I was also delighted to see the progress that our team has made in repairing our Mad River snowmaking pond. It is really unbelievable how much dirt ended up in the pond. Hopefully by the end of this week most of it will have been removed. We will then rebuild the embankments around the pond, restore the electric poles and lines, and then refill the pond with water. Snowmaking season is only a month away and we plan to be ready once Mother Nature gives us the necessary temperatures.
As I mentioned in past messages, we are continuing to ask all of you who love this Valley to contribute to the Mad River Valley Community Fund so that it can continue to offer aide to the many devastated by Irene. Many of you have already made generous contributions and we have raised $150,000 for the Grace Potter Benefit Brunch on Monday, October 10th. Our goal is to raise at least $250,000, so I am asking all of you to consider buying a seat for $1,000. Every dollar goes to the MRV Community Fund. If you cannot attend, please consider a contribution of any amount to this effort and send the check (made out to Mad River Valley Community Fund) to my assistant, Susan Hemmeter, here at Sugarbush. She is also the person to contact about the Grace Potter Benefit Brunch. Please email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her direct at 802-583-6360.
I also want to thank all of you who have already purchased your season passes for winter 2011/12. Sales were once again very strong. I greatly appreciate the referrals many of you made and the new passholders who will be enjoying our mountain this winter.
We have a fun weekend planned for Columbus Day (unfortunately Yom Kippur coincides this year) and I hope that we will see many of you here.