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Hoping for 130 Days of Skiing

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring skiing in VermontWith 112 days now, I am really starting to get tired of skiing. It is time to wrap up the season, shut the lifts and go to the beach.

Now if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. But this does seem like the Eveready Bunny winter. It just keeps going and going and going. The conditions truly are spectacular and both Saturday and Sunday were great days to be on the mountain. There was something for everyone -- nice corduroy, some fresh powder and fabulous woods skiing and riding.

The spring sun is doing its job in the valley and the snowpack is melting down there, but this is not the case on the mountain. We will almost assuredly be skiing and riding at least through Easter Sunday.

I just wish more people would realize how nice it is up here. We had a good crowd over the weekend, but it is still less than 40% of the people we would see on a busy January or February weekend. Please spread the word that it is definitely worth another weekend or two on the hill here at Sugarbush.

But we are transitioning into another season. Last weekend's Adventure Games, which benefit the Mad River Path Association, saw great weather. Over sixty kids participated in the Kids' Triathlon on Saturday and nearly 300 competitors ran, canoed or kayaked, biked and skied on Sunday. Check out some of our photos of both events.

On Saturday we also had a group of seventeen Clay Brook owners and their guests book the Lincoln Limo, so they were able to ski all day with John Egan at Mt. Ellen. This is a great adventure and we still have dates available. Just find twenty-three friends and Mt. Ellen (with lunch) is available to you for just $75 a person.

As you know, we are currently selling season passes for 2011/12 and spring pricing will be available through Wednesday, May 4th. Our prices will not be this low later in the year. There are still enough days left this season to justify purchasing a Spring Pass for only $199. And, of course, all new season pass purchasers can ski for free for the rest of this season if they purchase a College, All Mountain or Mt. Ellen Plus Pass this spring.

For those of you with children on vacation the week of April 18th, we will be open every day. On Sunday, "The Rev" will hold a sunrise service at Allyn's Lodge and an Easter Egg Hunt will follow. We will also have a delicious Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner on Sunday.

This might be the spring when you can ski or ride in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Our PGA professional, RJ Austin, and our Class A Superintendent, Mike Wing, have hung up their skis and after a couple of days at the Masters will be returning to the Valley to begin getting our golf course ready for the season. Summer passes and memberships are available and details can be found on our website.

I myself am hoping for 130 days of skiing this year, so I look forward to seeing a lot of you during the remainder of the season.

Win

About Win Smith
President & Owner

So what would you expect a former Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch to do when he retires? Lay low in the islands? Nope. He moves north and works seven days a week right here at Sugarbush. Check out what he's been thinking.

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