Monday, January 30, 2012
After sending out two Win's Words on Friday, I worried that I had jinxed the weekend. I wrote in my second Win's Word that it was a terrific day on the slopes and that we had avoided rain. Then, at about 4 PM, the heavens opened up and it poured at the base area for a few hours. Fortunately, it started snowing at the summit around 5 PM and at Allyn's Lodge by 6 PM.
We received a good 4" of new snow on the mountain by Saturday morning. Looking at my driveway in East Warren early Saturday, I put on my studs, drove to Sugarbush very carefully -- and worried what the trails were going to look like and if anyone would show up.
Our groomers had let the rain drain until 2:30 AM and then they hit the slopes in full force. They finished up the Bravo side of the mountain around 8:30. After refueling, they moved over to the Gatehouse pod and North Lynx. Our lift mechanics were working furiously chipping ice off our lift towers. Some lifts opened late on both mountains due to the icing and the late grooming.
When everything did open by mid-morning Saturday, we were all amazed at the quality of the groomed snow and also how well Castlerock and the upper-mountain natural trails like Paradise skied. I think that anyone who was here would tell you the same thing. It was a glorious day at The Bush and spirits at apres ski were definitely high. I am happy to say that we had a very good number of people who came and who experienced a wonderful day on the slopes.
Sunday was another excellent day of skiing and riding on our 100% open terrain. The treat of the day was a freshly groomed Stein's Run. I did several fast laps down it before exploring the rest of the mountain.
I am extremely proud of our mountain team. They took what Mother Nature threw at them this weekend and turned a "sow's ear into a silk purse," as the saying goes.
It was great to see the Norwich cadets here Sunday morning and well as to host CVU's slalom race that day. We were glad to welcome the National Brotherhood of Skiers, too, who were here for the second year in a row.
Today was a powder day. We received 4" of new snow overnight. There was some blue sky for awhile but the clouds came back and it has been snowing lightly all day, so we are looking at another powder morning tomorrow. With the excellent base that we now have on all our trails, even a small amount of fresh snow makes for a great day.
Reviewing the various weather forecasts, it appears that the pattern has changed as we enter our snowiest (February) and second snowiest (March) months of the year. Looks like we are in for three excellent months of skiing and riding.
This weekend is full of fun events. At Lincoln Peak, we have The Main Event and the Junior Castlerock Challenge, Meet the Brewers Night with Long Trail at Castlerock Pub, and Disco Night at Timbers -- all on Saturday.
I want to thank everyone once again for voting for Sugarbush in the Boston.com poll of "your favorite ski resort." We finished first! And ended up edging out Jay Peak in the final round.
I will end by asking again for your help. It seems that many people still are not aware of the great conditions up here at Sugarbush and at Mad River Glen.
Our two ski areas were the only locations in the Northeast that were 100% open last week -- and there aren't very many in the entire country that can boast that. Help us spread the word. Ask your friends and co-workers to look at the photos and videos on our website and on Facebook and see for themselves rather than listening to rumors and The Weather Channel.
Winter is here. The best three months of the season are about to begin.