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Pushing Through Crises

I hope you enjoyed the streaming we did on Instagram and Facebook last weekend to remind everyone how much fun our annual pond skimming is. While I demonstrated my attempt at pond skimming while quarantined at home last Saturday, it was more fun to see how others were engaging in their own backyard entertainment. Thanks to all who participated in our virtual 2020 pond skim. We’ll be back to the real thing next spring for sure...

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Spring Snowfall and Staying Safe

On Tuesday morning I awoke to a good 6-8” of fresh snow on my patio. A quick glance at our mid-mountain stake on the Sugarbush App revealed that the mountain had received 10” overnight.  I know that a good number of people donned skins and took advantage of the fresh snow...

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Sooner Than Expected

How everything has changed since we abruptly shut down operation this past Sunday.  This all began with the mandate by the governor of Colorado late Saturday afternoon (Mountain Time) that all Colorado ski areas had to shut down immediately. Both Vail and Alterra responded by extending this mandate to all their mountains...

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A Closing Comment

While our season has likely come to an abrupt halt in a way we might not have anticipated, I believe the decision to suspend operations as of this morning is the right one for the overall safety of our most vulnerable. I just apologize for the timing, confusion and inconvenience that it may have caused many of you...

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The Ides of March

Leap Day was the 100th day we were open this season.  That was only my 87th day on snow in 2019/20, but there are a few folks from our Sugarbush community who have already hit their 100th day.  I will have to wait until the Ides of March to get my 100th day in...

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Announcing Our Season Passes

Today we launched our season pass campaign for the 2020/21 season. This announcement comes a bit earlier than in prior years, with our deadline being slightly earlier as well. These prices are good until April 22nd...

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Getting Ahead of the Curve on the Climate Crisis

As you know, we are hosting a panel discussion this Saturday at 6 PM in our Gate House Lodge. To learn more about it check out John's blog. I recently testified in Montpelier in support of the Global Warming Solutions Act and published an op-ed which I am including in this week’s Win’s Word for your information...

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We're Halfway There

This Friday, February 7th, marks the end of the first half of our projected 156-day season. And thankfully, it looks like Mother Nature is going to send us into the second half with a nice fresh coating of powder. Thursday morning runs were extra sweet with 4 inches of new powder and Friday should bring plenty more as this storm makes its way through the region...

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A Look at Operations

Our snowmakers are finishing up on Cliffs over at Mt. Ellen, and we have the towers blasting on Stein’s Run, Snowball, and Spring Fling to build the depth needed to keep those trails skiing through April. Some nice cold temperatures are allowing us to put down a lot of nice silky snow...

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Rebounding

I never really played basketball or have been a big fan, but I understand that rebounding is a critical part of the game.  Well this winter it has been an important part of our game plan too here at Sugarbush...

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Happy New Year to All

Happy New Year to all our Sugarbush families! We ended the year with some nice fresh snow and another great torchlight parade and fireworks. Looking back upon 2019, I have many fond memories of the year. We began the winter season with an impressive Snowvember and enjoyed skiing through Cinco de Mayo...

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Enjoy the Holidays

I hope everyone will enjoy the holidays with your family as much as we are enjoying it with ours.  I mentioned previously that my granddaughter, Viv, was quite upset when she learned we had sold Sugarbush...

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Rollercoasters

Rollercoasters are a lot of fun. Well, that is when they are in an amusement park.  But here on the mountain we have become tired of the weather rollercoasters we have recently experienced. Fortunately, winter seems to be finally settling in and looks to be staying in place for the holidays...

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Terrain Expansion

I hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family.  It was certainly great to see so many families enjoying our slopes last weekend too. This weekend will have quite a bit of new terrain available with Super Bravo, Heaven’s Gate, Gate House and the Welcome Mat all turning...

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What We're Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving.  A friend of mine has a family tradition of asking everyone at the dinner table to mention something that they are thankful for on this holiday.  I have many things to be thankful for: good health, a wonderful family and some very good friends are at the top of the list...

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Changing But Not Saying Goodbye

For me, today is a bit like walking my daughter down the aisle at her wedding.  I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat knowing that I am about to give away someone I have raised and loved. Looking down the aisle, however, I am delighted to see someone waiting who will also love, respect, and care for her as I have done. While things will not be the same, I am excited about this next stage of our lives.  And, I am comforted knowing that we are not saying goodbye!

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Closing in on Winter

I know we are getting close to another winter season when our team starts to return for employee orientations. This past week our Ambassadors gathered for their annual orientation. It was great to see so many familiar faces and also to welcome new members to the team...

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The State of the Industry

It was wonderful to see so many members of our community visiting Sugarbush over the Columbus Day/Indigenous Day weekend. It was the “perfect storm” with foliage hitting peak on Friday, sunny skies, and comfortable temperatures. I had a special treat because my 94-year-old brother, Bardwell, visited me from Northfield, Minnesota and I was able to spend some quality time with him. His last visit to Sugarbush was eight years ago at the time of my marriage to Lili.

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Signs of Winter

When you see fifteen turkeys sitting on your fence and looking at the foliage, it is a sign of a snowy winter.  Really?  Well, maybe not, but I did have two families pay me a visit this past Tuesday, and it is the first time I have seen so many around my house...

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