Thursday, April 4, 2013
Thanks to some good waxing from our tune shop and a special ingredient that I put on the bottom of my skis, I zipped across the pond last Saturday and stayed dry. What a great day for Pond Skimming, skiing, riding, and hanging out for après. It was terrific to see so many people enjoying both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen, and there were lots of entries in our pond skimming competition this year. Our eight-year-old granddaughter, Madyn, participated carrying a "Rumble" stuffed toy wearing little Zoe's life jacket. While Madyn didn't get up enough speed to make it very far, she loved the experience and shamed her ten-year-old brother into committing to do it next year.
As you know, we plan to close Mt. Ellen the last Sunday of March each year. We have found that most people just stop thinking of skiing and riding when April arrives, since spring sports and activities take over. Running two separate base areas doesn't make economic sense this time of year, and so we offer a lower price on Mt. Ellen passes and move the focus to Lincoln Peak after March. However, this year we want to celebrate a great winter and have decided to schedule a Passholder Appreciation Day and reopen Mt. Ellen for just one day this Saturday, April 6th. The forecast calls for a sunny day and temperatures in the mid to high thirties, so it should be great spring conditions. We will not be selling day tickets for Mt. Ellen on Saturday, but if Slide Brook has enough cover underneath to run, all passholders and anyone buying at day ticket for Lincoln Peak will be able to enjoy Mt. Ellen as well. The base lodge cafeteria at ME will be open for food and the Green Mountain Lounge upstairs will serve drinks. The Adventure Gear shop at Mt. Ellen will be open but all other services there will remain closed for the season. GMX and Summit chairs will run from 9 AM to 4 PM.
In addition to Passholder Appreciation Day at Mt. Ellen on Saturday, we continue to focus on providing a great experience throughout the rest of the season for everyone at Lincoln Peak. We will have completed a terrain park on Racer's Edge by this weekend. Castlerock will still be open as will all our other trails at Lincoln Peak, at least through the weekend. We plan to keep LP going as long as Mother Nature allows through the end of April, and we are still hoping for a final weekend fling May 4th and 5th.
Although most of you have put your skis and boards away for the season, I trust that some of you will come out to enjoy the great spring conditions we will experience over the next few weeks. I plan on trying to get in at least twenty, maybe twenty-five more days myself.