Friday, January 27, 2012
Sugarbush is now a finalist in Boston.com's "favorite ski resort" poll. The contest started with the thirty-two highest-voted New England resorts by Boston.com readers. Going into the finals, our opponent is Jay Peak, so we have a strong and good opponent. This is a one-vote-a-day tally system. Voting ends today for the Championship. So please cast your vote (for the first time or again if you have already voted) and forward this along to friends who also might be inclined to support us.
As you probably know, it is inevitable that whenever I am away for a few days, it snows here at The Bush. I really don't like being away, but given our slow start to the winter I decided to join Lili in Jamaica for the 10th annual Little Feat winter festival at the Breezes Resort in Negril. Lili has been friend of the band for thirty years and we invited them to Sugarbush this past August to join our wedding celebration. Not only is their music terrific but also they are just really nice people with great families. There are also a couple of excellent golfers and skiers in the group.
Well, it did snow at The Bush while we were gone. I had hoped for at least a foot, but I understand that the fresh five inches we got allowed 100% of our terrain to remain open and that it was a good weekend for the people that made it up here -- and we did have a great turnout.
As I was flying from Jamaica to Canada for two Board meetings on Sunday, I picked up The Weather Channel online in the airport and saw that we were once again going to get some rain. The dreaded cold-warm-cold rollercoaster ride of winter 10/11 seemed to be continuing. I heard from staff that conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday were less than ideal but we managed to remain nearly 100% open. So when I got back to the mountain and headed out to the trails on Thursday morning, I put on by Head Super Shapes instead of my Mantras since they hold firm snow a bit better.
To my pleasant surprise, our groomers had done a really fabulous job on all 46 trails they groomed overnight and the snow was fast but soft and very pleasant for all abilities. Ungroomed trails like Ripcord had plenty of snow and were firm but edgeable though not recommended for less than advanced or expert skiers. Some of the natural trails are thin but skiable. The base that we now have is excellent. Just a few inches more snow will make everything very skiable.
Of course, if you are watching the weather you know that the coaster returned last night. But as of 9 AM this morning, our mountain team reports that we came through the night well. We picked up a few inches of wet snow (just the kind we needed) and we have not received the forecasted freezing rain on the mountain as yet. That is likely to change as the day goes on, but the freezing rain or rain is forecasted to end this afternoon followed by some additional snow.
Tomorrow looks like a very pleasant day with temperatures in the high 20's and low 30's and snow is in the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday. So I would say that everyone should allow a little extra time driving today but the drive up here will be worth it. I look forward to seeing you on the mountain this weekend!
We have a bunch of fun events over the next two days, too.
Please tell all your friends that Sugarbush still has the most terrain in the East. In the words of a manager from a Maine competitor, "Sugarbush has the best conditions in New England right now."
There are a lot of photos on our website and on Facebook to back this up. By the way, if you have not yet become a Facebook "friend" of Sugarbush, please do so and invite others to friend us as well.