Mountain Views - Adventures Ahead
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Written by John Bleh
Last fall, I mentioned that one of our veteran lift mechanics, Ken Stridsberg, told me that the hornets were building their nests high again, and that we would be in for a snowy winter. Those little flying insects know what they are doing…
A snowy winter it was, indeed! 363 inches is serious snowfall, despite the seemingly constant rollercoaster of freeze-thaw cycles. The snowfall, which helped us stay open for 154 days this season, contributed to some of the deepest powder runs in years. We were 100% open for 51 days, and had 100 or more trails open for 67 days. The Castlerock Double ran a total of 63 days, and Castlerock terrain was open for hiking access an additional 25 days. One of my best days this year included hiking over to Castlerock on the Long Trail for some mid-December turns on Castlerock Run and Lower Castlerock Run.
We thank you, your friends, and families for making this an incredible season. Thanks to your continued support, the resort, and the Mad River Valley community, flourished this winter. Knowing that many of you think of the Valley as your second home, there are two projects underway this spring through the Vermont Land Trust we thought you would be interested in:
The Scrag Forest Gateway Project will add 110 acres to one of the Valley’s recreational gems. With $65,000 left in the fundraising effort, the project will adjoin 110 new acres to the protected 640-acre Scrag Town Forest in Waitsfield, providing access to waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and hiking.
The Mad River Park Project is an effort to purchase and preserve a swath of private land that has been used for youth soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey for over a decade. The purchase of this property will ensure the future of youth sports and open land in the Valley. After financial commitments from the four Valley towns, and private donors, the Land Trust has $30,000 left to raise for the purchase of the land. Additionally, there are plans to construct a pavilion in memory of the five students the Valley lost this fall, all of whom recreated on these fields.
The fundraising deadline for both projects is June 15, 2017. For more information, please contact Liza Walker at VLT.
Sugarbush Resort Golf Club, and Hogan’s Pub, opened this past Saturday, and can help your transition from skiing and riding to warm-weather activities. PGA Golf Pro Roger King is ready to help you improve your performance, and we have some enticing deals and golf events to get you into the swing of spring. Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center continues a full schedule of classes including Pilates, Yoga, and Spinning, and plans to open the outdoor pool and begin New England Tennis Holidays tennis camps Memorial Day weekend. Timbers reopens for the summer season on Friday, May 26th with an exciting new menu, some interior updates, and a remix of our favorite crew (think Wünderbar meets Castlerock Pub meets Timbers). Summer Mountain Operations begin on June 24th.
We’re excited to be hosting several big festivals here this summer—Sugarbush Brew-Grass Festival, The Frendly Gathering, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival, and the Festival of Arts’ August culinary event. That’s in addition to the numerous beautiful weddings we host.
Down in the Valley, the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market opens May 20th, the new Mad River Taste Place opens mid-June, the Mad Marathon returns in July, and we’re anxiously awaiting news on the Wednesday-night Round-Up at the River schedule.
I look forward to seeing many of you this summer, when the Green Mountains show us what green really means. (Speaking of green, our team will be greening up for Green-Up Day this month. Hope you are able to join your local Green-Up Day.)
See you on the mountain,