Mountain Views - Holiday Traditions
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Written by John Bleh
As we approach the holiday season here in the Mad River Valley, we are reminded that the true gifts of the holidays are not the actual gifts, but the time we spend with friends and family. Though the season can be a busy time of year, I encourage all of you to breathe deeply, smile often, do not be sparing with warm hugs, and make a plan to share your traditions with those you love.
My wife and I often do a rapid-fire road trip around the state to visit our families, so that I can get back on the slopes at Sugarbush with many of you. It can be a whirlwind of Christmas movies, board games, delicious food and loving family, but we still manage to find time to relax. When we head to my parents' house, I always take the time to enjoy sipping Glogg (a hot, Swedish mulled liquor) in front of our big, stone fireplace. Amid the rush, it's a restful reprieve, and a way to stay true to my family traditions.
Josh, our head chef at Castlerock Pub, has made a tradition of buying his tree every year from the Northfield Ambulance Service, for which he volunteers. He and his wife enjoy the live tree, and the ability to support their local volunteer organization. Nadine, our social media maven, makes time to watch old Christmas favorites like It's a Wonderful Life with her family. Milo, in our Ski and Ride School, plans an evening together with his family - no television, he adds - where they cook a nice meal and just be together. Traditions shared by others in our community include hunting for their Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree in their own back yard, making a grandmother's fruit cake recipe (which the dog may sometimes help himself to), and baking and decorating holiday cookies.
What is your holiday tradition? I know families who get together for a group lesson every year, as a way to laugh and learn together. Valley Ski & Ride Week, a fifty-year tradition at Sugarbush, is a fun five-day clinic to improve your skills and make new friends. Planning an adventure with Ski and Ride Hall of Fame Inductee John Egan is another way to enjoy a fun, private experience on the hill with family or friends.
Our holiday schedule is packed with events that your whole family can enjoy. In addition to Taste of Timbers this Monday, and the Festival of Lights Celebration on Wednesday, December 14th, we've planned lots of events in the last two weeks of the month. From our Family Gingerbread House Building Workshops to our slopeside Christmas Eve Service and Timbers' Christmas Eve Dinner, there are plenty of long-running events that you and your family can make new traditions of.
See you on the mountain,