Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Alas, I was away from Sugarbush last weekend but for a good cause. Lili and I were visiting daughter #3 at college. I did peek at our webcam a number of times on Saturday and Sunday and got a report on the great two days that many of you enjoyed and we missed.
With the base we now have on the mountain, even a couple of inches like we had Friday night makes for a fun morning. I understand that the snowmaking on Snowball and Spring Fling made for some excellent turns here on Sunday also. It was certainly a weekend full of events, too, and the pictures on Facebook and on our website really capture the spirit of the Junior Castlerock Extreme on Saturday and the Randonnee race on Sunday.
Having grown up a New York Giants fan, I should be elated by the thrilling conclusion of this year's Super Bowl. But being a converted Pats fan, the weekend ended on a sour note. There is always next year.
On Monday, I had a chance to get in a few early morning runs before spending the rest of the day doing office work. I am continually delighted by the grooming job our team is doing this winter. The corduroy on Sleeper and Hot Shot was seamless and made for "hero snow."
I wish I had had more time and could have stayed out all morning! We had windhold on Bravo but we opened the Valley House chair, so the entire mountain was accessible.
Today I skied at Mt. Ellen in the morning. Again, the groomed trails skied well even though last night's wind made for some faster corduroy on some of them. But they were all very edgeable. The natural trails are a mix. Some like The Mall are thin but with good skiable snow. Others have hard and even icy bumps. And some, like FIS and Paradise and Spillsville, still have nice powder to be found. All are skiable for the right abilities. And with a couple of inches of new snow, they will all be very nice.
On Tuesday night, we will be turning-on the snowmaking guns on our spring trails for hopefully the final time to deepen our snow depth on Snowball, Spring Fling and around the base area as well as on the upper portion of Downspout. The rest of the mountain has good depth and awaits the snows of February and March. As I mentioned in an earlier Win's Word, these two months are historically our snowiest. Remember back only as far as 2007.
I just looked at our snow totals over the past several decades. Year-to-date since we have been open (we do not count those early storms before we open), we have received 97 inches of snow, just over 8 feet. The lowest snowfall recorded the past 40 years was 138 inches in the winter of 79/80. The highest snow total for March was 117 inches (9.75 feet) in the winter of 70/71 and the highest snowfall for April occurred in the winter of 78/79 with 67 inches (5.6 feet).
Being an optimist, I am betting that we still have a lot of winter left and that snow will be falling before long and that we will be skiing well into April and maybe ..................!