Thursday, December 21, 2017
Written by Win Smith
I have always enjoyed the Winter Solstice as it signals that the holidays are just around the corner and the darkest days are behind us. As we approach the holidays this year, we have a lot to be grateful for here at Sugarbush. Mother Nature has been generally kind to us by providing exceptional snowmaking temperatures and, while hitting us with some rain, she has followed that up with a few inches of snow.
Earlier this week we saw some moderate rain in the Valley and on the lower mountain followed by several inches of snow. This made for some excellent turns Wednesday morning. I was really pleased with what I discovered, especially up on Ripcord – creamy early turns.
Going into Christmas week, we will have made snow on almost all snowmaking trails, and put down at least three feet on each trail. This depth allows for grooming, and sets up a terrific layer for the natural snow that we will see. We have our fingers crossed this weekend. It looks like we will see some snow starting early Friday morning and continuing throughout the day. Then there will be a change-over to a freezing rain/rain mix and hopefully a turn back to snow. With the snow depth we have now and what is forecast, we should expect a net gain to the base. There is a chance for a Christmas snowfall. Do expect some colder temperatures next week, but as John Egan reminds me “there is never a bad day of skiing, just bad equipment.”
With Mt. Ellen opening tomorrow, we will have more than 100 trails open. Do check out the remodeled Green Mountain Lounge. We sampled the menu on Wednesday and the feedback was excellent. Everyone enjoyed the lighter, more open atmosphere of the Lounge. Walt’s at the Glen House will reopen on Friday, as well, so come up and enjoy a delicious grilled cheese and a Sip of Sunshine.
The Parks crew has been working hard and plans to open the park on Reimergasse within the next few days.
Many people will be picking up Quad Packs, Season Passes and day tickets these next ten days. If you arrive early enough, stop by our ticket office in The Farmhouse to get your SugarXpresss card and go directly to the lift the next day.
Do check out our events calendar. Festivities begin tomorrow night and go right through New Year’s Eve with our annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. While Rumble is not with me to lead the annual dog parade, Candice, our VP of Communications and Guest Service, is lending me her new berner puppy, Baxter, to lead the way on New Year’s Eve.
Lili and I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, and we are looking forward to seeing you on the slopes.