Win's Word

Spring skiing

Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 Pond skimmingI wouldn't call last weekend exactly "spring skiing." Saturday was a beautiful bluebird day but the temperatures remained in the 30s. Where the sun hit (like on Birch and the Gate House pod) we did get some soft snow but many of the mogul and groomed trails stayed firm for most of the weekend.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed some great fast runs on my 83rd day of skiing this season at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen. On Saturday, I enjoyed first tracks with the Bush Pilot group and some fast runs down new corduroy was a fun way to begin the weekend. The night before, I guided a group down Snowball and Spring Fling after dinner at Allyn's Lodge and the near-full moon made the experience magical.

Noon on Saturday was the start of Pond Skimming and I volunteered to be the first forerunner. Unfortunately, I misjudged and didn't get up enough speed to make it all the way across. So from the lower half of my calves down, I felt what over ninety others that day were going to experience. It did take quite a few skiers and riders entering the water -- some spectacularly -- before the first skier zipped across all the way. All in all, I think eight skiers and riders crossed the pond dry.

As usual there were fun costumes, some with little costume, big-air jumps and crowd-pleasing crashes into the frigid water. I have to compliment our mountain team for the great pond and spectator levels they constructed. It was the best ever. And John Egan was an entertaining MC for the event. At Mt. Ellen, Saturday saw our Tanks for Nothing Rail Jam. And on Sunday, thirty-five people participated in our Spring Mogul Competition on Exterminator. Sunday also saw our annual Kids’ Hot Dog Race at Lincoln Peak.

Sunday was the last day of the season at Mt. Ellen. I wish we could convince more people to ski and ride after March to justify keeping both areas open longer. However, our Lincoln Limo will still be bringing people up the mountain and Mt. Ellen will be the site of the final stage of the Sugarbush Adventure Games on April 11th. This year we are partnering with the Mad River Path Association and the event is serving as a fundraiser for this important Valley organization.

Even though today is bleak here in the Valley, the forecast for Easter weekend is looking great. We could be in for sunny skies and really warm temperatures, and it may be the best weekend of skiing and riding before the season ends. We also have fun activities planned for the weekend.

I hope that you are keeping your golf clubs, lacrosse sticks, soccer shoes, tennis racquet, etc. in the closet this weekend and are planning to be up here at Sugarbush. You won't be disappointed. We have a ton of snow left at Lincoln Peak!


PS: Don't forget that our 2010/11 Spring Pass is on sale at the same price as last spring.

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