Wednesday, January 12, 2011
What a weekend!
We were thrilled and honored that our new Governor, Peter Shumlin, decided to hold his Inaugural Ball here at Sugarbush last Friday, and we welcomed over a thousand people from all around Vermont. Gate House Lodge, Castlerock Pub and Timbers rocked into the early hours of the morning. Click here for a video of this special event.
I was really proud of Team Sugarbush and the warm and friendly environment that they created for everyone -- and that includes our partners at Green Mountain Transit who provided shuttle service all evening. Chris Clements' food and beverage team offered some delicious localvore treats and did a fabulous job of serving our guests efficiently. Harry Hutchinson's ambassadors were their usual friendly and helpful selves. And Jim Robertson's conference team did a super job of planning and then pulling off this special event. Dan Torsell and his facilities crew and many other people worked hard after a demanding day on the mountain to get ready for the party. John Hammond, Dave Ulbrich, Colin Cascadden and many others used their muscle to help move furniture after the band played its final song at 12:30 am Saturday morning and then were on the mountain to make sure everything was ready for a 8 am lift opening. Saturday turned out to be a very busy and excellent day of skiing and riding at Sugarbush.
January came in with some terrific spring skiing but it also meant that our trail count went from the mid 80's back down to just under 60. Fortunately, snowmaking temperatures returned late Sunday and we have been able to patch and expand terrain. Now Mother Nature has kicked-in with over two feet of new snow at the summits in the past few days. On Sunday night we received 5 inches of light fluffy snow at the base and 15 inches at the summit, and each day has seen a bit more. Now, Wednesday morning, it is snowing steadily, and we are forecasted to get at least another 6 inches of new snow. The forecast for the next few days is looking really good, and we will shortly be 100 percent open just in time for MLK weekend.
We have a lot of fun family activities planned for MLK weekend, including fireworks on Saturday. We have a beginner/intermediate park on Slowpoke at Lincoln Peak and our signature Terrain park with over 20 features on Riemergasse at Mount Ellen. Come up early and enjoy the mountain this week before it gets busier on the weekend.
If you have not dropped by our new Sunrise Cafe, I would highly recommend the Panini and the Cappuccino. Also our General Store is open on the Northeast corner of Clay Brook. It features wonderful local arts and crafts and also sells beer, wine, candy, groceries and health accessories like Advil - everything you need after a powder day.
See you in the powder!