Friday, October 28, 2016
Written by Win Smith
First snows always get us stoked for winter. After a warm spell and fabulous foliage, the snows arrived here at Sugarbush from the base area up to the summit. Our new snow stake up at Heaven’s Gate measured around 6” last Sunday morning, but reports from others skinning around the Valley had that total closer to 12”. A few days later we saw another 5” and finally 8 more inches last night. It has stayed cold, allowing the ground to harden up, which is important as we get ready to begin snowmaking. If you have not checked out the new cam on our app and the website, please do.
This week, our snowmaking team arrived for orientation and training. We are setting up gear at both Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen and are ready to turn the guns on next week when the temperatures allow. Almost all of our shift leaders are back, and we have a great group of new teammates, as well. It does look like after some additional snow and rain throughout the weekend, we are going to see a warm-up until temperatures turn down later in the week. Whenever they do, we will be ready to go and aiming to have the lifts at Lincoln Peak turning on Saturday, November 19th.
This week we learned that we have been nominated as one of USA Today’s Top Ski Resorts in the USA. Sugarbush and Killington are the only Eastern resorts nominated; the remaining eighteen are out West. You can now vote for your favorite and may vote every day from now until Monday, November 21st. Needless to say, I have voted for my favorite resort, and I invite you to do so as well, right here.
Our College Pass deadline is November 2nd and Quad Packs will remain on sale through the end of November. With the winter that we anticipate and the number of powder days that we are likely to have, the Quad Pack will be one of the best values around. My prediction is that adventure and camaraderie will be very present this year (to quote from our new mission statement) and you and your friends will want to be here and enjoy many fun days on the mountain.
On an environmental note, we recently joined forces with Friends of the Mad River, 1% For the Planet, and a team of local, state and federal partners to upgrade our snowmaking weir in Chase Brook across from Fayston School. (A weir is basically a small dam to collect water for making snow.) The new weir now allows trout to move upstream and gives them access to 2.4 miles of additional habitat.
I also want to thank the many of you who have reached out to support our community after the tragic loss of our five young stars. I know their families and friends appreciate all that you have done to help them through this very difficult time.