Friday, October 18, 2013
It was wonderful seeing so many new and old friends enjoying Sugarbush this past weekend as the weather could not have been better. Our team here at Sugarbush planned two days of full filled activities, and we also hosted two beautiful weddings. I was particularly delighted by how many joined us on Sunday for our first ever Family Octoberfest. It was fun sampling the Von Trapp brew selections, eating some bratwurst and trying some cabbage bowling.
I also really enjoyed watching the owl carving by an artist and former employee. The finished owl will now be seen in the Schoolhouse this winter.
Lili surprised me by buying the artist's black bear who will now welcome our guests on our front porch here in Warren. Be sure to take a look at our photo gallery full of photos from the events.
With the leaves now beginning to lose their color and fall to the ground, our attention is focused on getting ready for Opening Day on Saturday, November 23rd. Out first job fair is this weekend; snowmaking, ski patrol, ski & ride and ambassador orientations occur over the next couple of week. Our SHaRC professionals are helping both guests and employees get in shape for the upcoming season, and Rumble is feeling more energetic with the cooler temperatures.
My own grandchildren got their seasonal rentals all lined up last weekend, had new pictures taken for their passes and are really excited about another year in the Blazers.
This will be a bit of a different fall for me. After three years, I have completed writing the history of Merrill Lynch and will be planning some promotions for it beginning in December. It may mean I have to experience fewer days on the slopes in the early part of the season. December 5th of this year marks the fifth anniversary of the final shareholder meeting when it was voted to merge with Bank of America and January 6th marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Merrill Lynch. That is why we have chosen the month of December to launch my book, "Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World".
And speaking of anniversaries, I hope everyone has marked the weekend of January 10th to celebrate the 50th birthday of Mount Ellen. It will be a fun weekend full of events and activities paying tribute to the history of the mountain and hopefully we will have a ton of snow like the Farmer's Alamanac is predicting.