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That Fickle Mother Nature

Well, Mother Nature has been especially fickle in this El Nino year.  Last week’s warm, wet, cold, warm, wet and cold cycles did their damage.  We lost some depth on the slopes, but not as much as I might have feared, and all the trails where we have made snow have more than ample depth to get us through the season, and even the natural trails kept a very good base.

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A Memorable Sunday

Sunday was a memorable day for me. It might have been because the next day marked our midway point through the season. It might have  enjoying  the great conditions of the past several days. Or it could have been watching the Pats win their 6th Super (Sleeper) Bowl...

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Treating Each Other With Respect

One of the reasons I have enjoyed skiing here at Sugarbush is that feeling of camaraderie and the fact that almost everyone here is nice, polite and friendly.  Our first operating principle is placing the guest interests first, and we work very hard to make certain that every member of our team is as welcoming, helpful and friendly as possible...

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MLK and The Moth

I remember when Martin King Luther was assassinated in the spring of 1968. I was still a student at Amherst College, and I remember standing on the town green at a vigil to honor this great man. In my lifetime he certainly was one of the human beings who made a difference and changed our country for the better. This week is a good time for all to reflect on his legacy and to honor his memory...

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Three Special Visitors

his week Sugarbush had three special visitors.  First, Mother Nature came back on Tuesday in a good mood and delivered us 16” of fresh snow (20” if you count since Sunday).  Initially, it was wet and bonded well to the base and then as the temperatures fell it turned into nice dry powder...

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We're Officially 60 Years Young

Happy New Year. Sugarbush is now officially 60 years young and looking forward to its life beginning all over again. 2019 is another milestone year for Lili and me, as she gets to experience life beginning again, and I discover what the next decade will offer. One thing we both know is the joy of experiencing what Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley have to offer our growing family...

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The Hours of Light Are Increasing

A number of people have commented that the days are now getting longer.  But our Director of Lift Mechanics, who is a precise engineer, reminds me that the days are the same duration but the hours of light are increasing...

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Rain Averted and Not Averted

We are in our fifth week of operation this season, and we are certainly grateful for the phenomenal start we have had to our 60th season.  With over 80” inches of snow so far and much of that falling in November, we have had 100% of our terrain open for some time...

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A Spectacular Past Weekend

Last Saturday I was down in Boston as Lili’s late brother, Billy, was being honored by having a square in Cambridge named after him. Billy was a music aficionado and an incredibly generous person who helped many musicians in the Boston area get their start.

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A November Powder Flu

Wednesday was my 13th day of skiing here at Sugarbush so far this season.  I am really thankful that I got into decent shape before the start of the season or my quads would be on fire.  We have only completed 8% of the season, but what a start it has been!

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An Incredible Early Season

Our 60th Anniversary got off to a great start on Friday, November 16th.  We opened a day early for passholders and in addition to skiing and riding on Snowball and Spring Fling where we had made a ton of snow, we were able to drop the rope on The Mall, Stein’s Run, Lixi’s Twist and Moonshine...

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Opening Day

It’s official, thanks to the incredible efforts of our snowmakers and over a foot of snow from Mother Nature, we’ll be opening a day early for Passholder Appreciation Day this Friday, November 16th...

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My Least Favorite Month

November has always been my least favorite month of the year. The days are often wet or damp and daylight hours are short. It is no longer light when I get up in the morning and the sun sets before the workday is finished...

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First Snow

It was great to see so many members of our community at Sugarbush over the Columbus Day weekend. While the weather was not ideal, that did not deter people from enjoying golf and our mountain activities on Saturday and Oktoberfest on Sunday...

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Best in Service

After many years, Ski Magazine evolved their annual Reader’s Survey. Instead of coming up with rankings  for both western and eastern resorts, they “have gleaned information from the survey data, combined it with the collective expertise of our editors and contributing writers, and focused our resort coverage on answering that singular question:  where should you ski this winter.”  They acknowledge that one size does not fit all and they highlight in their write-ups those categories where each resort scored exceedingly well...

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The Transition Begins

With fall fast approaching, the leaves are already starting to turn up here in the Valley. The upcoming weekends can be some of my favorites with the foliage views on scenic lift rides or afternoons on the golf course...

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Investing in the Future

Our fiscal year ended on Sunday, July 29th.  Despite our concerns in the early part of last winter, we will end this year better than last and in a strong position to continue investing for the future...

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Life begins again at sixty

Several years ago as I was about to turn sixty, an Asian lady told me that “we Chinese believe that life begins again at sixty.”  I did not think much of it at the time.  A few weeks later, I arrived at the Burlington airport early one morning to set off on a wilderness rafting adventure in British Columbia...

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Onto the Next Beautiful Season

Looking up on the mountain the other day, there was still a patch or two of snow on the upper mountain. However, those patches are now framed in green as the trees blossom, making our slopes look healthy and lush...

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Ending Strong

After 162 days, our 2017-2018 winter season came to a close on Sunday, May 7th. It was certainly a roller coaster year, but thanks to your continued support, we ended strong...

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