Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I hope that all of you enjoyed the Passover and Easter holidays. Lili and I were thrilled to have three of our children with us for the weekend as well as a few of their friends from Boston. We enjoyed some great skiing and riding on the slopes as well as a delicious Easter buffet at Timbers. I think that Sunday was one of the nicest spring skiing days that I have ever enjoyed here at Sugarbush. It began with a ride up Bravo in time to get to "Rev's" annual non-denominational Easter service at Allyn's Lodge.
The lodge was full so some of us enjoyed sitting in the sun on the deck while listening to Rev through a loudspeaker. The sky was cloudless and the beautiful blue sky behind our white slopes made for a wonderful way to begin the day.
After the service, many of us skied down on some nice fresh corduroy. The snow had set up overnight so the groomers were able to do a nice job in the early morning hours to smooth out many of our trails, including Ripcord, before the warm spring sun softened them up and turned the snow to corn. After a quick breakfast I did some lower mountain runs and then spent much of the remaining day up high. Ripcord was as good as it gets and remained sweet until the last runs of the day. Then it was time to sit in the sun on the Timbers patio and watch the sun set over the mountains. While Monday brought some high clouds, it was still another a warm and partly sunny day and I was pleased to see the number of people who took the day off to be on the mountain. For me it was a special day because it was my 100th day on the slopes this season (not counting this summer in Portillo). My book tour cut into my time on the mountain a bit this winter, but skiing at least 100 days is my annual goal so Monday was a really good day.
The spring sun is beginning to eat into the exposed parts of the trails, and the expected showers this week will make for some more brown spots. However, we still have a decent amount of snow and the skill of the groomers should keep many of our trails open through this Sunday. After Sunday we will close for the week but, if possible, will reopen for two more days next Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th . If we do reopen, then our season will have lasted 158 days which is one of the longest in the East.
I hope to see many of you here again this weekend, but the annual National Ski Areas Association convention will keep me away the weekend of May 3rd. I will be sure to toast you from Savannah, Georgia. In addition to skiing that weekend here at Sugarbush, you might also be able to play a round of golf. The green has wintered very well, and our golf team is hard at work preparing the course for opening day. I would also remind you that our annual BrewGrass Festival is on Saturday, June 14th and tickets for that fun event are currently on sale. The event will likely sell out again, so buying early assures you of entry.
Congratulations to Meb Keflezighi, the first USA citizen to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years and at age 38 the oldest since 1931. It was touching to see him wearing on his bib the names of the four who were killed in last year's awful bombing. Shalane Flanagan finished fifth among the women after leading for much of the race, but she finished with a personal best time. Boston Strong was out in full force this Patriot's Day and reclaimed the Boston Marathon!
As someone who once ran the NYC marathon in 2:47:46, it is just amazing to me to witness how fast today's men and women run twenty-six miles and how well they keep fit into their old age. If they can do that, we can all ski to 100. I know that our two 90-year-old season passholders have their sights set on that.