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Hello Seasonal Program families,

What a great holiday weekend! Despite the cold temps, it was awesome to see the mountain come alive with so many families and friends. The storm held off till the end of day on Sunday, so we were able to get a full day of turns under our belts.

Many of the groups did some woods exploration this weekend. When there is sufficient coverage underfoot, the woods are often the most protected areas to ski and ride, offering respite from extreme cold and high winds. We are hopeful that after this week's additional snow we will be able to get some groups into Slide Brook. We are fortunate to have four OEC certified coaches that are available to escort groups into this unique area of backcountry.

A new feature on the mountain this past weekend was the mini terrain park in Sugar Bear Forest. A box and two rails, set close to the snow level, allowed groups to get the feel of sliding and balancing on a different surface. Kids were able to build confidence, basic skills, and learn terrain park etiquette (Smart Style). This is great preparation for time in the progression park at Mt. Ellen when it becomes available.

As the groups venture further afield and the weather becomes less harsh, it will be important for all Blazers to arrive promptly at the beginning of the day. If you need to pick up or drop off your child at other times, this should coincide with regularly scheduled break times to provide maximum ski time for all group members. We thank you in advance for this consideration

Coming up on Sunday, February 1st is the Mad River Valley Mountaineering Race. This race tests the competitor's endurance, equipment and skiing skills while skinning up and skiing down some of the toughest terrain the Mad River Valley has to offer.  Our ‘Skimos’, under the watchful eyes of coaches Rick Hale, Brian ‘Diggity’ Daigle and Watie Akins, are training hard to participate in this classic backcountry event that begins at Mad River Glen and finishes at the Valley House at Lincoln Peak via the Long Trail, Mt Ellen, and Slide Brook. Our Junior Ski Mountaineers, with coach Dan Schilhammer, will also be doing a section of the race.

And Action! There is still space in the Fresh Tracks Film Camp beginning next Saturday, January 24th. Ski or ride with John Egan before the mountain opens to get the best shots of untracked powder and groomers, then take your footage inside and work with a Champlain College professor to create your very own mountain action film short.

We have our first cross-country clinic at Ole’s Cross Country scheduled for Sunday, January 25th. Transportation to/from Ole’s is on your own, but we have arranged a Blazer group lesson price of $25 that includes equipment, trail pass and a 2-hour lesson. To date we only have one sign up and need a minimum of 6 (max 12). Please email me at jwilkinson@sugarbush.com by noon on Friday if you want your child (age 9+) to participate. After the recent snow, the conditions should be outstanding!

We are well into winter now and we hope you make the most of all the wonderful opportunities we have to explore, learn, smile, and grow.
See you on the mountain soon,

Jill Wilkinson
Seasonal Programs Manager

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