Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Written by Win Smith
There are many reasons why I love and appreciate living here in the Mad River Valley but this past week when it was hot, hazy and humid it reminded me of several of them. Growing up in New York City I remember my youthful days prior to air conditioning when we would open all the windows and hope that our fans would create enough breeze to cool things enough to get some sleep. But with the windows wide open we would then hear the police and fire sirens all night and then the garbage trucks in the early morning.
For the past 18 years, I have loved living in the mountains of Sugarbush where I did not have any air conditioning until I added a heat pump in a new additional this summer. When I open the windows here a breeze blows through and once or twice a summer I have to turn on a small floor fan. With the open windows I hear the birds and occasionally a coyote or a barking dog and singing frogs. Much better than sirens and trucks. On one of the few hot, hazy, humid days one can always ride the lift up the mountain to cool down or swim in the river or one of the many swimming holes. While we do get some warm sultry days as we did this past week, it is still so much more pleasant here than many other places in the summer months.
Soon, however, we will not be thinking of the heat. August is here and with that comes anticipation of our beautiful foliage season followed by anticipation of another winter season. This week we are selling our 4-Pass product. This is a limited offering period and allows one to buy four unrestricted All-Mountain Lift Tickets for only $239 plus tax. Unlike the Quad Pack, which will be available later this fall, it is not transferrable and thus costs a bit less. This is a limited offer and will be on sale only through August.
We have had a number of fun events the past couple of weeks. Our Harvest Festival was sold out: the local food was delicious and the ambience of the new courtyard with the Starlight Rhythm Boys playing was quite special. And we lucked out as the thunder heads passed just to the north and south so we stayed dry. That same weekend our annual Eastern States Cup mountain bike races were held here at Lincoln Peak with over 200 combined competitors for the Enduro and Downhill races. This weekend the Bear North Festival at Mt. Ellen is happening and next weekend Roy’ Tuscany’s High Fives Foundation is having their fund raising golf tournament on Friday, August 9th.
In other news, Gerry Nooney, who has been our VP of Food & Beverage these past 8 years, will be retiring in the latter part of September and moving to North Carolina to be closer to his son and grandchildren. We will miss Gerry for many reasons. He has been part of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley for a number of decades. While we will miss Gerry greatly, he has built a great team and will also be helping to make for a very smooth transition. We have numerous qualified candidates who have applied for the job and are in the process of interviewing and hopefully filling the job so that we have several weeks of overlap before Gerry and Eileen head south.
I will be taking a break from Win’s Word until after Labor Day so until then enjoy the balance of the summer and start to make you preparations for the winter season.