Monday, November 26, 2012
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was certainly nice to be skiing top-to-bottom for the holiday. Just for curiosity, I looked back at our records from last year. If you recall, we just barely managed to open with an ungroomed Downspout and Upper Jester. We were downloading and after Sunday closed for the week.
Last season, we were actually downloading until the second weekend in December. This year, even though the warm temps Tuesday through Friday weren't conducive to snowmaking, we had some fun skiing and riding. But it got up to 55 degrees on Friday, followed by .37 inches of rain that night. A sharp drop in temperature early Saturday made for less than ideal conditions and was a bit disappointing after enjoying spring skiing on Thursday and Friday. However, the cold allowed us to turn on a lot of snowguns and we have been able to replenish most of what we lost. Organgrinder on Sunday was really fun as the snow piled up under the guns. Once we get Upper Organgrinder, Downspout, Jester and Coffee Run back in shape, we will focus on the Gate House area so that we can open some beginner and intermediate terrain there. Currently we are running our Snowlogics on the Welcome Mat slope, Easy Rider and Gondolier and around the base area. I did a few runs today, Monday, and the quality of the snow was excellent. Kudos to our snowmaking team!
Over at Mt. Ellen, we have made enough snow on Inverness to allow GMVS training to begin last Friday. Inverness is huge -- 25 acres -- and takes approximately 14 million gallons of water to have a depth of three feet on all of it. In addition to finishing the snowmaking on Inverness, we have also started making snow in the terrain park and around the base area. Later this week, our snowmakers will start moving up to the summit with a focus on Rim Rum and Elbow.
Timbers served over two hundred Thanksgiving Day dinners this year and one guest told me it was the best meal he has had in the Valley. Chef Rich and restaurant manager Marcus have settled-in well and are ready for winter. We are closing Timbers on Monday and Tuesday this week for some kitchen remodeling which will improve efficiency and provide much better service stations for our waitstaff, allowing them to do their jobs better. I think you will be pleased with both the cuisine and the service at Timbers this season.
Season pass sales continue strong and are still ahead of last year. To all our passholders I want to say that I really do appreciate your continuing support of Sugarbush. Our Quad Pack has been very well received but remember that it is available for purchase only until midnight this Friday, November 30th. The Quad Pack makes a great gift for the holidays.
Speaking of the holidays, we have put together a number of fun events this year that should appeal to all members of your family. And don't forget our Sugarbush party on December 8th and Ski the Valley the week of December 17!
So far, the hornets seem to be right. Rumble's energy is still soaring, too. So if you haven't been out on the hill already, make sure your skis and boards are tuned and ready to go. I just finished my tenth day on the mountain and feeling good!