Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Or is it? With temperatures here at Sugarbush in the high sixties and soaring into the 70's over the next three days, it certainly feels more like the Fourth of July.
I have been in New England all of my life and while I have seen wild weather, this is certainly the warmest March I can recall. After a great weekend of spring skiing and riding on the moguls of Ripcord, Organgrinder, Stein's, Spring Fling, FIS, Exterminator, Elbow, etc., it is really sad to see what this hot sun is doing to our slopes and all the others in the Northeast.
Ripcord on Monday, March 19th. More photos and videos.
Everyone is asking the obvious question: "How long will it last?" The answer is that we are in the hands of Mother Nature. As you know, our scheduled closing for Mt. Ellen is Sunday, April 1st. And for Lincoln Peak closing day is Sunday, April 15th. We will do all we can to stay open until those dates, but we will have to see what each day brings. To paraphrase the motto of our good friends next door, "Ski it while you can!"
Photo from Monday, March 19th.
Photo from Sunday, March 18th.
The temperatures are going to be in the 60s and 70s on the mountain over the next few days and then it looks like it will cool down into the 40s for the weekend (if you can call that "cool"). If temperatures fall below freezing at night, our groomers will be able to patch some of the trails where we still have sufficient snow. When it stays warm at night like it has been, grooming is much more challenging and will often do more harm than good on the trails.
Today we still have 58 trails open but by the weekend we are likely to lose some of these. I doubt that the Gate House trails will last more than today or tomorrow. It is even possible that we might have to download at ME, but we will try to keep top-to-bottom.
Even with fewer trails, I am confident that you will find some soft deep moguls up top and that it will be a fun weekend to be on the slopes.
Hopefully you will need some sunscreen and you might need a long-sleeve shirt instead of a t-shirt depending on the strength of the sun over the weekend. To hedge our bet and make sure that we have enough snow to make our pond, we have moved Pond Skimming to this Saturday and will still have Dummy Big Air on Sunday. So it will be a fun weekend and our BBQ will be going at both mountains.
Pond Skimming 2011
Dummy Big Air 2011
We have a special offer to allow you to bring a friend, too. All Mountain 7, Mt. Ellen 7 and Mt. Ellen PLUS season passholders can bring a friend and they can purchase a day ticket for 50% off our window rate. SugarDirect holders can bring a friend and they can receive the same discount as SugarDirect holders (look for the coupon in your inbox later this afternoon). Also, we have put our 2012/13 season passes on sale and kept the same low prices as last spring. And any new passholder will ski free for the rest of the season.
Come up and Ski It While You Can! And hope for some colder weather and more snow. I still haven't reached 100 days and refuse to take off my snow tires.