Monday, March 12, 2012
I predicted a roller-coaster ride last weekend. Mea culpa! I didn't foresee what a marvelous ride it was going to be.
As expected, we received some rain late Thursday. In fact, it came down hard for awhile and I feared that my prediction of a good weekend would backfire. When I awoke the next morning, however, there was a couple of inches of new snow on my lawn in East Warren and I looked out at a totally white mountain.
Four inches had fallen up high. These little Nor'inchers have become something to get excited about.
It was just enough snow to make the skiing and riding quite good on Friday. First tracks were exquisite. The new snow covered up the hard snow underneath that had resulted from the rain and falling temperatures the night before. Our weather guru had predicted a dusting to a couple of inches Friday night, so we put in an aggressive grooming plan and hoped for some freshies on top of the new stripes. No one could believe it the next morning when Patrol called-in 4 inches at the base, 11 at midstation, 10 at the summit. (Yes, a bit more at midstation than at the summit, perhaps because of the wind that howled all night.) Amazingly, we did not have any windholds that morning and early tracks were exceptional.
Photo by Maine Ski Family.
Lili, my son Win and I were about a dozen chairs from the first on Castlerock. I noticed most people going either into Rumble or down Castelrock Run, so I took a right off of the chair onto Middle Earth. Only two others and Patrol were before us. There was at least 11 inches of soft fluff on the trail and we had a terrific run down Middle Earth. Rather than give trail or woods reviews, I think it is safe to say that everything was great on Saturday. It was good to see so many people on the slopes having a blast.
After Saturday's powder day, we had a more spring-like Sunday and even more people turned out to enjoy the warm temps, soft snow and sunny skies. The favorite of the day seemed to be Ripcord at Lincoln Peak -- everyone seemed to flock there at 9 AM. A breeze blew for most of the day and that actually kept things a bit cooler than the actual temperature and preserved the new snow. It was great to see the activity at Mt. Ellen, too. Many people took advantage of our $30 special spring pricing deal and a lot turned out to support Roy Tuscany and his High Fives Foundation by recording numerous vertical runs off the Summit chair.
High Fives is a great cause and we were proud to have them here for our second Be Better Day. As I sat outside Timbers around 3:45 watching the many skiers and riders still on the slopes, I saw many more rush to catch the final 4 PM chair at Bravo. There were enough people going for it that our lift operator allowed boarding until 4:05. The last skiers ripped down Spring Fling about 4:25 with broad smiles on their faces.
Today is another bluebird day and temperatures are in the low 50s at the base.
The entire week will be warm and there will be excellent spring skiing and riding through the weekend.
We could see some light overnight rain tonight and some scattered showers Tuesday and Wednesday, but then it looks like we are in for an extended dry spell. Temperatures are forecast to dip below freezing overnight later in the week and that will allow the snow to set up and our groomers to repair and patch areas where the sunshine will have exposed some ground.
Farmers say, "Make hay while the sun shines," and we say, "Ski and ride before the sun shines too much." We still have a lot of good skiing and riding left and history shows that cold and snow can return in March and April with a vengeance. But knowing how Mother Nature has acted this winter, I would recommend that everyone plan to be here this week and next. I know we will still have great snow and lots of fun events to enjoy. After that, who knows? We could be skiing on just Stein's and Snowball and Spring Fling. Or we could get yet another of the pleasant surprises we have seen this winter and still have a lot of terrain open. All I can tell you is that I just reached 80 days of skiing and I am never satisfied until I exceed 100 here at The Bush.
This Friday, March 16th, we are offering Pre-Patty's Day skiing and riding for just $17 at Mt. Ellen. On Saturday we host our 2nd Annual Sugaring Time Festival all over the resort, an App Launch Party at the Wunderbar (make sure to download it, it's FREE and has tons of useful and fun features), and live apres music at most of our regular venues. Sunday is the Vermont Teddy Bear Race and our second First Tracks Sunday Brunch Adventure of the winter. Enjoy first tracks on our 12-passenger cabin cat the Lincoln Limo, followed by a delicious brunch at Timbers Restaurant. And the following Sunday is a spring favorite--the Dummy Big Air Competition.
Also, this Friday our Spring Pass will go on sale, as well as next season's Season Passes. Stay tuned for details.
Hope to see you on the sunny slopes this weekend. Bring plenty of sunscreen and some wax.