Thursday, September 1, 2011
We all know that The Mad River is a special place, but to see neighbors helping neighbors after Sunday's flood is really heartwarming. At Sugarbush we fared relatively well with the exception of damage to our snowmaking ponds. Fortunately we have the time and the means to get the repairs made so our winter will not be impacted.
One of the best ways you can help Vermont is to let everyone know that we are open for business here in the Valley and many other places in the state. Our neighbors in the Valley are digging out. And most of the planned events—over Labor Day such as weddings, the Crafts Fair at Kenyon’s and the Green Mountain Stage Race—are going forward. With the exception of the Green Cup, Mint and The Pitcher Inn, all other restaurants will be open. Yes, that includes Flatbread as of this writing. It has been a remarkable effort by many to get George back in business. The entrance and exit into the Valley is via Exit 9 on Route 89, then West on Route 2 for 4 miles, then left on Route 100 South to the Valley. From the West, Route 17 over the App Gap is open. Coming from Huntington, Hinesburg, Charlotte, South Burlington and Shelburne is a great way into the Valley.
German Flats Road has been repaired and Route 100 from Waterbury to Waitsfield is in good shape. Click here for the latest driving updates on our 'directions and maps' page. There are many ways that everyone who loves this Valley can help. But the most important way now is to make a contribution to the Mad River Community Fund. Lili and I have pledged $100,000 in the hope that this will not only help our neighbors but also encourage others to support the Fund. In 1998, the fund gave out $100,000 to flood victims. This time it will need a lot more. The spirit of Vermonters is powerful and our beautiful Valley will be even better in the future, especially with your help.