Signs of Winter

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When you see fifteen turkeys sitting on your fence and looking at the foliage, it is a sign of a snowy winter.  Really?  Well, maybe not, but I did have two families pay me a visit this past Tuesday, and it is the first time I have seen so many around my house. While this may not be an accurate predictor of a snowy winter, finding hornet's nests high in the trees is thought to be.  Our master groomer, Dan Pacquette, recently sent me a photo of a nest high up in his apple tree.

He also pointed out that the “old timers” believe that a plentiful apple yield is another good sign, and we have surely had a wonderful apple season this year.  So who knows?  What we do know is that this part of Vermont tends to get more natural snow than many other eastern zones and at Sugarbush we have averaged 250” for the past 60 years.  But we also realize that snowmaking is a crucial complement to natural snowfall, which is why we have invested so heavily in improvements to our systems these past several years and will continue to do so in the future.  If temperatures allow – and they usually do – we plan to turn the snow guns on around November 1st with a goal of opening 23 days later.

I hope to see many of you on our Community Day on October 12th. I will give our annual “state of the industry and resort” presentation on Saturday morning at 10am. Both Rumble’s Kitchen and the Castlerock Pub, as well as the umbrella bar, will be open on Saturday and Sunday.  Our new courtyard is looking beautiful and is eager to welcome everyone for Oktoberfest on that Sunday. And the golf course is still in fabulous condition and offers some of the best foliage views you can find. Hogan’s Pub, of course, is a special spot this time of year to grab a bite for lunch.  The leaves are really peaking, and I hope they keep their brilliance through Community Weekend.  The nights are getting cooler, we had our first frost the other morning, and it won’t be long until we see some snow on the mountains.