Monday, March 5, 2012
OK. I have to admit that I am a semi-addicted viewer of The Weather Channel. I fear that many of you are, too. Well, it is time to go cold turkey and boycott it.
Once again, all the weather gurus were predicting doom and gloom for Saturday in the form of freezing rain and rain. Our own forecaster who gives us daily reports was not nearly as pessimistic as the others. But even he was saying that after some snow and freezing rain Friday night we might expect rain showers early on Saturday before the skies cleared in the afternoon. His wind forecast had us even more worried.
When the alarm rang at my house at 6 AM Saturday, I reluctantly looked out the window and saw a dusting of snow outside but no rain and the wind wasn't blowing hard at all. When I arrived at the base area around 7 AM, the wind was blowing from the west and a cloud hung over the mountain but there was no rain.
And when I checked the radar it looked as though we had indeed once again "escaped a bullet," as they say. However it is better said this time that once again "the weather gurus were wrong." And consequently many, many people made the wrong weekend plans.
My own son-in-law said to me Friday night that he only reluctantly came up here and wasn't looking forward to skiing in the rain. Wasn't he pleasantly surprised Saturday morning! That day started out with a thin layer of velvety or cream-like snow and where we had groomed the early runs were heavenly. Early that morning, we did have a few lifts on windhold but by afternoon the wind had diminished, the sun came out, and the temperature in the base area rose to 40 degrees.
It turned out to be another beautiful day at Sugarbush. Shame on you, so-called "weather gurus." The boycott is on.
By this morning we had received another 5 inches of new snow, so today was another nice surprise even though I needed to bundle-up since temperatures dipped into the single digits last night.
It will be cold again tonight and we might get a bit more snow to make for a nice Town-Meeting-and-final-Vermont-winter-vacation day. After your Town Meeting, come on out and enjoy some of the best skiing and riding of the season.
Despite the fact that a number of people missed last weekend due to bogus weather forecasts, a lot made the decision to hit the slopes.
The annual Peter's Fund Racer, which benefits melanoma research, was held on Saturday and it was another successful event.
David Newton announced that since beginning Peter's Fund in memory of his brother, they have raised over $1 million. David also reported that a donation of $25,000 from the fund was going to the Mad River Community Fund to support ongoing recovery from the impact hurricane Irene had on residents of the Valley. This is incredibly generous and is another example of how members of the Sugarbush family contribute to the Mad River Valley community in so many ways.
On Sunday, we hosted the first of four Be Better Days that will be held on Sundays in March. This first one, "Hope on the Slopes," benefitted the American Cancer Society. Upcoming beneficieries are The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, Vermont Foodbank, and the Kelly Brush Foundation. One of our values at Sugarbush is Community Involvement, and these Be Better Days reflect that principle.
As I mentioned last week, we still have many days of skiing left this season. It looks like we are likely to get a touch of spring this Wednesday and Thursday as daytime temps climb into the 40s before cooling down for the weekend and hopefully bringing a bit more snow. Yes, those so-called "weather gurus" are saying rain showers on Thursday before turning to some snow showers. We have decided to counter with our Spring White Sale.
In order to motivate those of you who have not been coming to the mountains because you don't believe that there is snow, we are having a Spring White Sale throughout the month of March at Mt. Ellen, celebrating all the "white" that has fallen from the skies in the past two weeks. For the rest of the season (from now until we close Mt. Ellen on Sunday, April 1st) everyone can ski and ride everyday at Mt. Ellen for only $30. One exception is Friday, March 16th when the price will be $17 in honor of St. Patty's Day. Please spread the word to all of your friends south of here and to those at other mountains who are looking for an incentive to sample the great conditions that we now have at Sugarbush.
On March 16th, we will also launch our Spring Pass and announce the details for next year's season passes.
Winter is not over and I look forward to seeing you this weekend. A lot is happening including the annual Castlerock Extreme.