Tuesday, June 11, 2013
While I missed the Memorial Day snow here in Vermont, I experienced my own unusual spring weather that week. Lili and I joined a few other members of Sugarbush Resort Golf Club on a nine-day excursion to Ireland, where they have been having one of the wettest and coldest spring seasons in years. Fortunately, the rains had stopped (for the most part) but temperatures were in the 40s and 50s and we played golf in winds up to 45 miles per hour. That is windhold force!
Flying overnight, we went directly from the Shannon Airport to Lahinch and on subsequent days played Doonbeg, Ballybunion, Waterville, Old Head, European, Port Mornock and Royal Dublin. Our golf pro, RJ Austin, was the trip leader. Playing from the black tees, he impressed our Irish caddies with his drives into the gusting wind. Lili, who much prefers a warm and sunny beach this time of year, was a real trooper as she pulled on her four or five layers each morning and spent five hours walking around the Ireland Dune courses. I owe her some beach days after this.
I was glad that the rain in Ireland stopped just before our arrival, but it was good that Sugarbush finally received some precipitation while I was gone. It had been really dry. With rain (and snow) followed by warmer temperatures and sun, all the trees, flowers, and meadows are popping as we head into June and our glorious summer months.
Over the next few weeks we will host several weddings. The Opera Festival and our famous Brew Fest are on the calendar, too, as well as the Eastern States Mountain Biking Race. The mountain crew is hard at work readying the Bravo lift and our on-mountain trails for summer activities and events.
When you come to the Valley this summer, be prepared for a lot of needed roadwork. Things are moving along quickly, with some short delays here and there. The state is paving Route 100 from Waitsfield to just south of Warren Village, and this work will last well into September. The town is paving West Hill Road and Inferno Road. And we will be paving roads at Mt. Ellen and Lincoln Peak. This roadwork will cause some inconveniences and you should allow extra time to get around, but the result will be great come autumn. With a recently paved Sugarbush Access Road and German Flats Road, our transportation in the Valley will be much improved in the years ahead.
Hogan’s at the golf club has opened for the season and is featuring a new summer menu, and it has, without doubt, the most spectacular view of any restaurant in the Valley. So plan to come for lunch, even if you are not playing golf. And speaking of golf, Mike Wing’s summer projects include new tees on holes number 8 and 18 to go along with the numerous other course improvements of prior years. At Timbers, we also have a revised summer menu. Lili and I enjoyed a very nice meal last Friday night while sitting on the outside veranda, watching the sun set over Lincoln Peak.
The Vermont Ski Areas Association announced last week that skier visits this past winter were 4.5 million, up 16% over the prior year and the highest since 2001. Our visits here at Sugarbush were a bit more, and it is gratifying to know that all Vermont resorts did well.
As I mentioned before, we will be doing a lot of capital improvements all over the resort this summer that will make our guest experience even better. New snowmaking towers, two new groomers, additional seating in the lodges, new carpeting and painting in many of our buildings, and road paving are some of the more visible projects. In addition, we will continue to work on maintaining the safety and reliability of all our lifts and complete regular maintenance on our snowmaking infrastructure to ensure that everything operates efficiently next winter.
Lastly, as a reminder, for those of you considering a Clay Brook residence, prices will increase on select properties after Saturday, June 15th, 2013. To learn more, please contact Sugarbush Living at 800-806-1070 or visit http://www.sugarbushliving.com.
It is time to plan your summer here in the Valley. See you soon.