Monday, March 7, 2011
The Weather Channel did it again. Saturday turned out to be a great day on the slopes. No rain and soft snow. Fortunately, about 4,000 people did not listen to the weather report and turned out for a fun day on the mountain.
The annual Peter's Fund race, which benefits the cure of melanoma, was held on Saturday and David Newton told me that he had record attendance for this great cause. David's brother, Peter, was a longtime patroller at Sugarbush.
Unfortunately, Sunday brought the rain so a number of us chanted, "Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day," and at around 1:30 PM the raindrops were replaced with snowflakes. By this morning, we had a good 12 to 18 inches at the base and 24 inches at the summit. The wind has made some huge windrows on some of the trails and the water content in the snow willl get the juices flowing. It was not as heavy as the snow last February, but it has enough moisture to really set up well for the rest of the spring season. The woods are great and there is plenty of fresh powder to enjoy for days. We did have a lot of wind and the summit lifts were on windhold, but that will make for some fresh tracks tomorrow.
For those that struggle in these conditions, we will groom a bunch of trails tonight and they will be worth an early turn tomorrow. Tuesday is looking like a mostly sunny day with calm winds and comfortable temperatures.
If you haven't made your spring vacation plans, the storm now makes it even more compelling to be here.
We have a number of fun events in March and April and the skiing and riding is now surely going to be great. In addition to our usual spring events, we are hosting three "Be Better Days" this year and your purchase of a day ticket on those days will help three local charities.
Don't forget that next Thursday is St. Patrick's Day and a one-day ticket at Mt. Ellen will cost only $17. The Green Mountain Tavern will be the apres-ski center of the day.
Other great events this week include the annual Fresh Tracks business pitch on Thursday, the first annual Mary Haas Foundation corporate race to benefit the early detection of ovarian cancer, and this Saturday The Grift is playing at Castlerock Club.
2011/12 season passes will go on sale later next week. We will also be offering a Spring Pass for only $199 (plus tax), valid March 21st through the rest of this season. All new Mt. Ellen Plus and All Mountain passholders will be allowed to ski or ride here for the balance of this season. Details will be published next week on our website.