Sharing the Holidays

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As I have mentioned in the past, part of my love for skiing is the thrill of making turns with my growing family. Now that several are married, engaged, or working elsewhere, Lili and I occasionally enjoy sharing the holidays with those outside of our family. Over Christmas, though, we usually still manage to get the family together for at least a few days. While we don’t always hit the slopes at the same time en masse, we do manage to ski with each other and enjoy après either at the mountain or at our home in Warren.

This year I am really looking forward to my three-year old grandson joining the group. He made some turns off of the First Time lift last season, but this year is ready to graduate to the Welcome Mat and the new Village Quad.  My youngest granddaughter is eager for Black Diamonds like Ripcord--she skied her first last year on a groomed Lower Organgrinder. 

We have gotten off to a great start this year. Our snowmakers are building additional terrain at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen in order to have as much terrain as possible for the holidays. While Mother Nature has not kicked in yet with much natural snow, it appears the weather pattern is going to change next week.

This year we will once again have lots of fun family activities to enjoy in addition to skiing and riding. My grandchildren really enjoy events like the Vermont Institute of Natural Science Birds of Prey presentation, the Annual Dog Parade (although Rumble will be missed this year) and, of course, s’mores in the courtyard. I think everyone’s favorite, though, is probably the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

I hope some of our Sugarbush families will come tour our Gadd Brook Slopeside homes. We have changed our Open House schedule to Saturdays 2 PM – 5 PM, and will be featuring some Valley favorites on select Saturdays (stay tuned). There is no greater convenience than having your family together, slopeside, to enjoy the many activities on and off the slopes. Just ask my daughter, whose family of five loves their home at Clay Brook.

This year, December 25th also marks the beginning of Sugarbush’s 60th year. As the year progresses, we will keep everyone posted about plans for our 60th birthday celebration next season.