Monday, February 18, 2013
"Windy" was the word of the day on both Sunday and Monday. Unfortunately, the wind dampened the spirits of many after a really nice day on Saturday when we had most of our trails open and all but the Castlerock chair running. People were really spread out over both mountains, and on the slopes it did not seem like one of our top-five busiest days of the year. The next two days saw some really nasty winds though, and Mt. Ellen was impacted the worst since the wind came out of the north. Even at Lincoln Peak, most of the lifts were on windhold by Saturday afternoon. Sunday was a bit better but the wind continued throughout the day and we were unable to open North Lynx, Slide Brook, Valley, Summit and Northridge.
Despite the wind, there was some really good skiing and riding. Consensus was that Stein's was our pick of the day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We groomed it Friday night and again Saturday night and then blew snow on it until early Monday morning. I did multiple laps, as did many others. With Bravo running most of Sunday and all day Monday, you could get in a lot of runs.
The winds are finally subsiding tonight and it will be warmer tomorrow. We are likely to see three to six inches of new snow Tuesday night into Wednesday. Because temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid-30s, the snow should be moist enough to bond with the snow we already have and improve conditions. Some forecasters are calling for more snow toward the weekend.
I think the skiing and riding will be very nice this week and hopefully even better over the weekend. As I mentioned previously, we really have a number of great family events all week. I want to highlight one event that Lili is hosting on Thursday evening called "Canvas and Cocktails." It is a painting class over cocktails in Timbers. Lili is an accomplished artist and will make this a fun evening whether or not you have ever painted before! Then on Saturday, we are both hosting a partnership event with Champlain College called "Healthy Mind. Healthy Body. Healthy Spirit." I invite you to participate all day beginning with special on-mountain activities or just sign-up for an interesting one-hour presentation by Champlain at 4:30 PM, followed by cocktails, dinner, and after-dinner entertainment by symphony violinist Ann Strubler. Saturday is also the return performance of VINS and their "Birds of Prey" -- a wonderful event for kids of all ages. And there's so much more. Make sure to check out all that is happening at Sugarbush this week.
Think Snow! We still have a lot of winter yet to come.