Sunday, March 17, 2013
One year ago today, temperatures rose into the 60s, snow was melting and trails were closing rapidly. As a result, we decided to move pond skimming up a week so we would still have enough snow left to make a pond. We were only a couple of weeks from the end of a frustrating season.
What a difference a year makes. It was negative 1 at the summit early Saturday morning. We had 15 inches of fresh snow last week and our season total is now at 236 inches, not far from our 50-year average of 271 inches. We have 110 trails open and that will go to 100% shortly. Yes, some good snow is in the forecast beginning late Monday and continuing through Friday. At a minimum, we should start off with at least 8 inches of wetter snow, and we should see flurries or snow showers through the rest of the week. Upslope spring storms can really surprise and it is not at all unusual to see the clouds get hooked on the mountain and dump more snow than the forecasted amount and much more than what the valleys will receive.
Conditions this past weekend were terrific, and they are only going to get better this week. As I mentioned in a previous post, Lili reminds me that she skis in December and January only to be in shape to enjoy spring skiing in March and April. I believe this year we are going to have a great March and April. For those who do not have a season pass you can purchase a spring pass for only $199 and ski or ride every day until we close or you can buy a season pass for the 2013/2014 and receive a free spring pass and enjoy the next six weeks here at Sugarbush.
We will keep you updated on the snowfall. Also remember that Dummy Big Air is this weekend and that Pond Skimming and our Easter activities are on the following weekend.