Thursday, May 9, 2019
Written by John Atkinson
Thank you to the entire Sugarbush community for a truly spectacular 60th Anniversary season. Mother Nature deserves a standing ovation for her work too. Rarely do we see such consistency throughout a winter. Check out our winter recap video here.
Amy always keeps the stoke alive, even on the last weekend.
Speaking of Mother Nature's consistency ... in between weekly powder refreshes, it seemed to rain pretty regularly too. These warm-up events tended to happen mid-week and helped create one of the deepest, densest and most durable snowpacks we've seen since 1958.
We did not set a snowfall record, and were actually under our seasonal average of 260". However, the thaws were generally gentle and the rebounds were usually impressive. Even after the major February soaking and bombproof refreeze which threatened to derail the rest of the season with super ice, the next couple storms buried that troublesome layer and we quickly forgot about it.
Making it to May seems like a given lately, but usually we have some bare spots on Stein's and limited snow on Coffee Run when we finish. Stein's is still top-to-bottom and even Coffee Run has decent snow on it. Spring Fling goes to the bottom and there is significant snow on the north-facing upper mountain snowmaking trails. Most impressive, the natural snow trail Black Diamond still has a mostly continuous line on it.
Another view of the Stein's Glacier from yesterday.
May snow is in the forecast for next week too, but we're slowly switching gear. These multi-sport adventures can be some of the best of the whole year. When else can you ski, golf, bike and hike on the same day?
Cranko De Mayo was super fun! There are 3 (or 4) kinds of fun in one picture, biking, golf, skiing and (beer.)
Van the man teeing up at the golf course today.
Mother Nature's early start to winter and all the melt-freezes have resulted in a challenging spring, with lingering frost in the ground and persistent mud that usually has drained and dried by now. So, the trails are opening more slowly than usual.
Some spring repair work to a culvert on the Revolution behind American Flatbread. Thank you, GMVS!
A good rule of thumb for bike/hike trail use is if you are leaving a track, go back. The imprint of boots and dogs' feet creates water-gathering holes in the trails, further delaying drying. Tires can make ruts which also trap water on trails. This time of year is usually the most vulnerable, please tread with care.
Green up at the golf course.
Summer projects are in full swing at the resort and around the Valley, with improvements planned at the golf course, on the lift-served Sugarbush trails and on the Mad River Riders' network. The Riders are starting excavator work next week on Swell Hill, a new trail build behind the Sugarbush Inn, and then moving to Evolution II in Camel's Hump State Forest.
Lift Maintenance getting Super Bravo ready for the summer.
These two trails will help create an even better bike/hike connection to Waitsfield from Lincoln Peak. Have you check out our Sugar High enduro routes? They go from the top of Super Bravo to the Valley floor or close to it.
Sugarbush just got a new excavator too! Look for enhanced enjoyment coming soon.
Riding with a Waitsfield School group in Waterbury on the WATA pumptrack.
The fun is ramping up again. Time to grab your skinning skis/board, golf clubs, bike and boots for some gear switching adventures in the Mad River Valley.
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange