Thursday, November 29, 2018
Written by John Atkinson
Yes, as hard as it is to fathom, it is still autumn. With the best November turns that anyone can remember, we can be forgiven for thinking it is mid-winter already. One of our long-term guests remarked today that we've had a season's worth of great days in the first 2 weeks. This is maybe a stretch, but the quantity and quality have been remarkable, especially for late fall.
Sherry sharing some tasty turns on Snowball. Passholder Appreciation Opening Day, November 16th.
Opening day featured a ton of natural snow trails covered in sweet powder. From there, things have just kept getting better, with only a short base-consolidation stretch early this week. Winter Storm Bruce started Monday and it hasn't really stopped snowing since then.
Mr. Marc's Moonshine powder turns on Opening Day.
The most illustrative event of how good conditions are comes from our neighbor at Mad River Glen, which is already open. This is the first time they have ever opened in November and it was without a lot of support from their growing snowmaking operations.
For those about to Rock.
Castlerock has also been open via hike access for several days and yesterday's runs measured up to some of the best ever, with knee to waist deep snow. Early runs like these are often the most memorable, before bumps begin to dictate the turns and you can really play with the terrain.
Diamond Dog head coach Joey Normandeau on Tuesday. His eyes are closed because he must be dreaming.
Grin to Win.
Lower Birdland on Tuesday.
Sully from Rome Snowbards doing some product testing yesterday.
Ski and Ride School Director Terry Barbour excited to be home. Valley House deck shows a little slice of the accumulations at the bottom of the mountain today.
Bottom of Spring Fling Tuesday.
Looking ahead, we plan to open Gate House and North Lynx lifts on Saturday, which should be extra nice to start. The rest of the week through Saturday is looking good for more fun turns, before a brief net gain/good for the base event Sunday into Monday. Next week looks cold and snowmaking is set to resume.
We say it a lot, but it bears repeating, better be here. See you on the mountain!
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange