Thursday, January 17, 2013
“We don’t stop skiing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop skiing.” That is my thought for this week, which is a slight modification of a quote from George Bernard Shaw.
After nearly three weeks of perfect snow conditions, near record snowfall in December, and numerous moose sightings, we got a traditional January Thaw that brought us a couple of days of great spring skiing. Of course, when a thaw ends and cold returns, conditions are not great until grooming and snowmaking resumes and some new snow arrives to replenish the natural trails and woods. However, to borrow a famous quote from Teddy Roosevelt, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
I am incredibly proud of our mountain team. Their early-season snowmaking enabled us to open top-to-bottom for the first time in years and made us the first mountain in the Northeast to be 100% open. It also allowed us to survive the thaw in good shape. Yes, we were bruised but we were not battered. We have had to resurface only a few trails at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen, and they are already back in good form. The groomers have done their job well and the hard snow of Monday has been turned into soft corduroy and is carving well. We all notice Patrol out helping those few who get injured, but this week our patrollers are also hard at work shoveling snow at Castlerock and other natural trails so that we can reopen them by the weekend. Even though we had the most number of trails open in Vermont by Wednesday morning this week, our goal is to return to 100% by the weekend if possible. The natural trails and woods will be thin and challenging until we get six to twelve inches of fresh snow. While that may not happen by Saturday, the forecast is now calling for some nice accumulation on Sunday, so the final two days of the holiday weekend could be really nice.
As I have mentioned, we have a lot of fun activities planned for all members of the family over MLK. One of the highlights will be our family dinner in the Gate House Lodge followed by fireworks on Saturday evening.
On Monday the temperatures are expected to be in the single digits. But if we get the predicted snow on Sunday, Monday could be an awesome day. So bring the right clothing to come enjoy some great skiing and riding. As John Egan told me years ago, "There is never a bad day of skiing, just bad equipment" -- or clothing.
One final reminder. We are never too old or too good to become a better skier or rider. Our coaches here at Sugarbush are eager to work with you and make your experience even better.
Murphy the Moose along with Rumble, Lili and I hope to see you on the slopes in a couple of days.
P.S. Have you seen the video footage of the moose in the latest Weekly Rumble episode?