Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Fortunately, Hurricane Sandy did not do very much damage in this part of the state. Winds were not as strong as forecasted and rainfall was much more moderate. However, our thoughts are with our many friends who suffered damages from Sandy.
While Sandy has certainly been a major event in the early part of this week, we still have our sights focused on the days and weeks ahead. Many of you have asked us to find a way to make skiing more affordable for those who do not ski or ride often enough to justify buying a season pass. So a few years ago, we developed the SugarDirect Card, which not only offers a significant discount from the window rate but also offers the convenience of being able to go directly to the lifts. We have also offered discounts on pre-purchased online tickets.
This year we are launching the Sugarbush Quad Pack. It is a brand new product and is available for purchase only in the month of November. For just $199 (plus tax) you can buy a pack of four all-mountain tickets valid anytime this season with no blackout dates. There is a limit of two packs per purchaser. Quad tickets are non-refundable but transferable. Purchaser must pick them up personally at one of our ticket windows and they must be used that day. Our new Quad Pack may also be purchased as a gift and the recipient of the gift can be the named person for pick-up.
Last year the readers of Boston.com voted Sugarbush their Favorite New England Ski Resort. This year Powder Magazine has initiated a similar survey called Ski Town Throwdown. In the first round, Sugarbush is matched against Ogden, Utah. Please vote for us by going to http://www.powdermag.com/stories/ski-town-throwdown/. Today is the last day to vote for Sugarbush in this round!
In other news, we have officially begun construction of the new Rice Brook townhomes and condominiums. Engelberth Construction of Vermont has been chosen as the general contractor and they have selected Kingsbury Construction from the Valley to do the site work. We have already signed Purchase and Sale contracts on several of the units, which are all wholly-owned condominiums (unlike Clay Brook that is fractional ownership). The first fifteen units are scheduled for completion in fall 2013 so that they can be occupied for the full ski season next year. All of our Rice Brook condominiums are ski-in/ski-out and have wonderful views of the mountains -- and are only seconds away from Chez Henri. For more information visit sugarbushliving.com or call Wendy or Kyle at 800.806.1070.
Don't forget that we are once again sponsoring Warren Miller Entertainment’s film tour. Sugarbush personalities will be attending many of the showings of this year's film, Flow State, and we hope to see many of you there. A good Warren Miller film is always a great way to get stoked for the season. In addition, Sugarbush will be well-represented at the Boston Ski Show beginning November 8th and we look forward to seeing our Boston friends there as well.
Although the hurricane brought warm air to the northeast over the past few days, we are expecting temperatures to fall this weekend. Our snowmakers are here and ready to go once the temps allow. All of us here can't wait to see the guns and towers firing.
In conclusion, I want to share with you something that ten-year-old Charlotte Healy composed and sent to me recently.
Sweet hot cocoa
Great vacation getaway spot
Awesome skiable areas
Sweet chocolate-covered waffles
Hot fireplaces to warm up in front of
Intelligent ski instructors
Nice ski patrol staff
Walk and snowshoeing area
A lot of nice places to eat, take-a-break, or meeting places
Really nice village to stay in
Really nice staff members
Exciting special events
Village hot tubs and 1 big warmed up pool… outside
Early skiing… a.k.a first tracks
Really nice views of miles away
Mini bears and cubs
Outstanding fine dining at Chez Henri
Nice people to help travelers
Ticket or… SEASON PASSES!
I had the pleasure of doing some turns with Charlotte last winter, and I think her words sum it up well! With only sixteen days until our scheduled opening, let's all keep thinking cold air and snow.