Monday, November 15, 2010
In my experience, November is one of the most unpredictable months of the year here in Vermont. It is often overcast and dreary. It can rain or we can get some great early snow. Last year it felt like summer had returned for Thanksgiving, and we were hiking up the hills in little more than a t-shirt. This year we had some premature snow, cool nights last week, followed by rain-sleet, and then sun and temps in the high 50s-low 60s over the past weekend.
We will not have snowmaking temperatures until later this week, so our scheduled opening day of Saturday, November 20th is uncertain. But November is unpredictable, so stay tuned.
Our pipeline projects at Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen have both been completed. Over 2.5 miles of snowmaking pipe was installed this summer. We have also purchased the HKD towers we had on trial on Spring Fling last winter, and we have retrofitted 80 Ratnik snow guns that will be fired-up when temperatures allow.
Our snowmakers are standing by and eager to get to work, so we have not given up on the 20th and will certainly do everything in our power to be on the slopes for Thanksgiving.
The good news about this warm weather this week is that it is allowing the final phases of our construction to proceed smoothly.
This week we are pouring our final cement and paving the parking lot. With the outdoor site work now in good shape, all our focus has turned to the interiors of the two new buildings. We are also moving our rental equipment into The Farmhouse and our local artists will be starting their murals in The Schoolhouse as well. Final landscaping and painting on both buildings will be completed in the spring.
Whether we open next Saturday or not, we are planning a fun party at Big Picture. "The Big Kicker at the Big Picture" is a joint Sugarbush/Mad River Glen party to celebrate being chosen by Outside Magazine as the 2010 "Best Ski Town in the East.". A local photographer's exhibit, Dan Egan's ski movie, a season pass give-away, and a night of dancing and celebration are a great way to kick-off the winter season here in the Mad River Valley. So plan to join us.
That evening there is also a surprise party in the Gate House for a Valley icon, given by his friend "Lucy" who promises to not pull away the football this time. It is a surprise, so if you figure out who is being surprised don't tell him. You can respond via our Facebook event page: Charlie Brown’s 75th Birthday Celebration. I guess you’ve figured out now who the party is for. Remember, it is a secret!
With Thanksgiving only two weeks away, I want to remind everyone that we will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner in Timbers and we have a great party planned for Saturday -- Murder on Mascara Mountain II. I am planning to be there and it will be a fun evening.
Think snow! It will be coming soon.