Thursday, July 13, 2017
Written by Win Smith
Recently I have written about our mission of cultivating a spirit of lifelong adventure and camaraderie here at Sugarbush. This week, I saw an example of that involving members of our community far off in Southeast Asia.
Lili's second daughter Lucy and two friends are on an adventure in Southeast Asia. Having worked for a few years after college, they saved up for this excursion and have been writing about their various adventures as they travel together through Thailand, Cambodia, and now Vietnam. Much to their delight, they ran into a college friend of one of theirs who proudly showed them his Sugarbush tattoo. Now that is a raving fan! I certainly am not encouraging anyone to get an actual tattoo, but we hope that you will enjoy your times here at Sugarbush enough to want to wear a virtual Sugarbush tattoo.
Closer to home, we enjoyed some great times last weekend at our first annual Highland Festival. It did begin with another quick deluge of rain, but the clouds parted and everyone enjoyed the Celtic-Rock band, Irish step dancers, sheep herding demonstration, and activities like the sheaf toss, as well as some great food and drink. Last weekend also saw another successful Mad Marathon, which is accurately billed as the most beautiful marathon in the world. And, with its elevation changes, it is also probably one of the most challenging. Thanks to John Egan and his Sugarbush team for manning one of the key water stations along the final descent on East Warren Road.
This weekend we have a different type of mountain adventure as the Eastern States Cup returns to Sugarbush. If you are not participating yourself, come up and see some awesome bikers roaring down from the top of the Super Bravo lift. Or join in the pre-race party Saturday evening and enjoy live music with the Detonators. Mountain biking has become a main activity in the Mad River Valley, offering adventures for all levels of ability. We will be hosting the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival for the second year over the weekend of July 21st at Mt. Ellen.
Safe travels to our friends over in Southeast Asia, and we look forward to seeing you on the slopes this winter.
Keith pointing to Josh's Sugarbush tattoo.