Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I just returned from a few days of fishing in West Yellowstone, Montana. I stayed at an excellent small lodge, Firehole Ranch, on Lake Hebgen.
Several rivers are nearby, including the Madison, Gallatin, and Snake, and the fishing was excellent. We caught and released Rainbow, Brown and Brookies and enjoyed the beautiful vistas of this part of the West. Upon arrival, we were greeted with three inches of snow and morning temperatures in the low thirties but the days warmed up to a pleasant mid-sixties. Just like us, the Yellowstone area experienced a challenging winter and received far less snow than normal followed by an unseasonably cool spring.
I returned to the Valley for a full weekend of activities and was delighted by the turnout for our second annual Brew-Grass Festival. Twenty-four different brewers, three bands and a sunny warm day kept our nearly 800 attendees happy.
In addition to the brewfest, we hosted our first mountain biking Grand Prix. With nearly 90 participants (half of which were professionals), we watched some great riding as the competitors practiced on Friday and Saturday and raced on Sunday.
Photo by Matthew DeLorm
Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
Photo by Matthew DeLorm
They came from as far away as New Zealand. The winner was Justin Leov and the winning time was 3:24 on a course that began at the top of Bravo lift then ran across Valley Traverse, down Upper Snowball in Eden Woods, across Spring Road and into the woods again, appearing on lower Racer's Edge and finishing in the base area. Think of skiing that in under four minutes!
On Sunday, the first annual Father's Day Golf Tournament to benefit the Valley Rotary was held at Sugarbush Resort Golf Club and sixteen foursomes teed-up for a 1:00PM shotgun scramble.
Our Sugarbush team included Adam Greshin, Gerry Nooney, me and my son Win and we finished a surprising second at nine under par. The winning team of Mike Kelley, Neil Aquilino, Tom Gardner, and Teddy Hengstenberg finished three strokes better. Over $2,000 was raised for the Rotary, and we are already planning next year's tournament on Father's Day.
This afternoon is Summer Solstice and the official beginning of summer. With forecast temperatures nearing 90 in this part of Vermont over the next two days, it is certainly going to feel like summer. Thankfully, it looks like it is going to cool off for the weekend, so the weather should be perfect for the official start of summer activities at Sugarbush, kicking-off with Kid's Day on Saturday. We are offering discounts and some free stuff and we promise great fun for all.
In addition to the activities of last year (zipline, disc golf, mountain biking, lift rides, golf, tennis, bounce house, swimming, hiking, summer camps), we have added an exciting new Eurobungy trampoline. If you haven't tried it, you don't know what you're missing. It is a great ride for the entire family.
Timbers will begin its summer schedule on Monday, June 25th and will be open for breakfast and dinner every day. Castlerock Pub is open every day that the Bravo lift runs, which is everyday beginning this weekend through Labor Day and weekends thereafter through Columbus Day.
As I mentioned in a previous Win's Word, I am really pleased with the early condition of the golf course. Fairways are dry and lush and greens are putting well. And, of course, the views are spectacular.
While July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, our Fourth of July festivities begin on Friday, June 29th with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra performing in the Lincoln Peak base area. This is always a lovely evening. Gerry Nooney is preparing a BBQ prior to the VSO performance and, of course, the evening will end with the "1812 Overture" and fireworks.
On Saturday, June 30th don't miss the third annual Stars and Stripes Charity Airshow at the Warren airport.
On Wednesday the 4th, festivities begin with the famous, fun and eclectic Warren Parade, complete with Sugarbush's own float.
There will be dancing in the street as usual, fun family events at the Warren School -- and a full day of mountain activities at Sugarbush, including BBQs, bands, and evening fireworks. Sunday, July 8th features the second annual Mad Marathon, truly "the world's most beautiful marathon".
It is an action-packed holiday week, so I hope to see you and your family here.