Thursday, May 1, 2014
As the annual National Ski Area Association convention is this week, Lili and I enjoyed our final day on the slopes last Friday and took one beautiful final run down Spring Fling. It was amazing to see the depth of the snow that we still had here in late April. While we closed for the last week of April, we will reopen this weekend for two final runs of the season at Sugarbush.
Opening last November 22nd for pass holders with top-to-bottom skiing at Lincoln Peak we were open 157 consecutive days through this past Sunday and with two more this weekend we will have been open 159 days. That is one of the longest seasons in the nation thanks to our snowmaking team and the natural snow that Sugarbush is blessed with each winter. This year we received 237 inches, which is a bit below our 48 year average of 250 inches. However, a cold January allowed for some great snowmaking and when the snows began in earnest in early February it set us up for three months of terrific skiing and riding. Skier visits this winter were down slightly from last year and this was due entirely to a fall off in late December and early January. February, March and April saw a really nice recovery in visits.
As I have mentioned in earlier emails, we will be very busy again with capital projects this summer. The most important of which are major mechanical and electrical upgrades to several of our lifts: Super Bravo, Gate House, Heaven's Gate, North Ridge, Sunny Double, and Summit. These upgrades are in addition to the extensive maintenance we perform on all lifts each summer to assure they are in tip-top shape for next season. We have a multitude of snowmaking projects as well, including the replacement of the pipe on Snowball and Spring Fling to ensure the integrity of our snowmaking system on these critical trails. We are also proceeding with the permitting of a new Valley House lift so that we will be ready to move forward with that for the 2015/2016 season.
Looking forward to the 14/15 season, we will plan to open the weekend prior to Thanksgiving at Lincoln Peak and will shoot for top-to-bottom if Mother Nature cooperates. We always plan to begin snowmaking on both mountains around November 1st. Mount Ellen will open on Friday December 19th and will close for the season on Sunday March 29th. Lincoln Peak will remain open as long into April as possible as usual.
I know that many of you have already purchased season passes for next season. Thank you. By buying at Spring Pass rates you receive a nice discount from the fall prices and this cash allows us to do the summer capital projects that allow us to keep getting better each year. Just a reminder, early pass sales end at midnight on Wednesday, May 7th.
Sugarbush Resort Golf Club opens tomorrow for the season. And there is a ton of fun here in the warmer months—disc golf, mountain biking, tennis, outdoor dining, and themed summer camps for kids. We’ll kick off our summer with the Sugarbush Brew-Grass Festival on Saturday, June 14th.
Once again, thank you for your wonderful support and I look forward to seeing all of you soon.