This blog is dedicated to the folks that keep this resort ticking, day and night. I only wish I had a photo of each and everyone one of you. Thank you. Once again, you make me proud to be part of the Mount Snow family.
This week I am thankful for the many staff I have worked with over the years.
So here is what we have on tap for you. I hope you can squeeze in a few more days.
Any season passholder can ski any day, even weekends. If you are a midweek passholder, you can ski Sat and Sun.
For the rest of the season we will open at 9 a.m. every day, including weekends.
Glade-i-ator: It is tentatively rescheduled to next Saturday, April 12. We will make the official announcement on Thursday, April 10 in the snow report as to whether the event will take place on Saturday based upon weather and snow conditions on Ripcord. Anyone who pre-registered online and already knows they won’t be able to make it on the 10th, should email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know and we will provide them with a refund.
If you are registered and we decide the event will take place, all you need to do is show up. The schedule for the event will remain the same with practice (weather permitting) from 9 – 11 a.m. and the event starting at 11 a.m. with the beer garden and BBQ at the base of Ripcord.
Golden Egg Hunt: The hunt for the golden egg (winner is treated to a complimentary season pass) will take place on Sunday, April 13. Click here for all the details and some clues to get you started: http://mountsnow.com/event/?detaillink=6465
Thank you! We are so fortunate to all of you who choose to ski and ride with us. And a special thank you to our season passholders. Your enthusiasm for our resort is unequalled. You are extremely supportive of our staff and we love having you as part of our big, fat, extended family!]]>
Projected closing date is Sunday – April 13th. Any changes to that date will be posted on the snow report.
When will we decide if we will stay open until Easter?? Probably by April 8th. We want to see how the current weekend shakes out. I will be completely honest with you and tell you that due to several weekends of ”less than perfect weather,” attendance has been a little low – hey, I don’t blame you. It has been a long, cold winter. While our March skier visit numbers have been a bit disappointing our man hours to de-ice lifts and regroom trails have been tracking ahead. My gut on this one is that we will close on April 13th.
If we close on the 13th, the Golden Easter Egg hunt will also take place on that day. Click here for all the details and some clues to get you started: http://mountsnow.com/event/?detaillink=6465
My best advice is to lap up as many trails as you can fit in! Take lots of photos, eat lots of waffles and relish the wind and sun as you whip down your favorite trails. Ski and ride until your legs burn and high five your friends at the end of every run. The near is in sight so make your last days on the hill count!
Clearly Mother Nature has other plans for us ski area operators. She hasn’t had enough fun with us yet and all I can do is sit here and craugh (when you cry and laugh at the same time.) Ma Nature tickled us with Spring temps and conditions on Saturday and finally the apres ski glow on Cuzzin’s deck emerged. Without hesitation, she snatched it away and yesterday brought fog, drizzle, rain and temps hovering just below freezing around mid-mountain. Our guests tromped around in the mashed potatoes snow at the base wondering why the Bluebird was not flying. Some understood that the summit was iced in (3/4 inch of ice) but most just thought of Mount Snow as an evil and cruel entity. Our lift mechanics finally finished the deicing process of the Bluebird around 2 pm and spun a bubble around a few times only to find it was still icing up at the top. We abandoned ship and hoped for a better tomorrow.
When my car door would not open this morning and I fell on my butt navigating the luge run to the wood pile I hummed “Just Another Manic Monday”, angrily. Reports from the summit confirmed that there was another 1/2 inch of ice added onto yesterday’s accumulation. And our lift mechanics did not swear once over the radio when they learned that the Bluebird was iced back in.
I was born in NH and I’ve lived in Vermont since 1984. Many of our staff have even deeper roots in this state. Despite my familiarity with the weather that can be dealt, sometimes I just have to shake my head and say, “Really? Enough all ready!”
This is the time of year that I give up on the less important things and move into survival mode. My stash of Smart Wool socks have disappeared to the deep dark corners of the couch cushions or my dog has deposited them in a snow bank. Who knows? So I do what the rest of the ski industry does, I wear the same pair 2 or 3 times in a row, covered in a beautiful layer of yellow lab fur for added warmth.
This time of year I just walk past the dead Christmas wreath on the front door and tell myself that it is perfectly acceptable to toss it during Spring cleaning. Dinners at the Pawlak household went severely downhill about a month ago and consist of a few “fend for yourself” nights, grilled cheese and canned soup and the coveted Snow Barn pizza night.
No matter how desperate my personal life may seem, operations on the hill are the welcomed constant in my life and our staff continues to amaze me. I rarely hear of a lift mechanic calling in sick – we usually have to send them home because they are so stubborn. Our staff continue to rally and help out running lifts and cash registers, organizing lift mazes, assisting in the kitchens and even helping custodial and housekeeping because our international staff members have gone back to school.
I can groan and grumble because I need a day off to do my taxes and find the spot in my kitchen where there used to be a table but when I make it to work I am constantly reminded that we are in it together. My staff repeatedly pick me up and give me the kick in the ass to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We take comfort in knowing that it will warm up and we will get the opportunity to hit soft bumps in our skimpy wind shirts (yikes, 80′s flashback!)
And just when I think Mother Nature will deal us another crappy card, as some cruel April Fool’s joke, I look at the forecast and see that the rest of the week is calling for sunny (in the upper 40′s) days and cool nights. As quickly as the weather changes, I can feel my mood improve. I am encouraged that this could be our week to make sweet maple syrup and sun-kissed laps on the North Face bumps! Okay, Okay…I admit it. I have a pretty sweet deal here at Mount Snow.
Update at 10 am. The Grooming Dept (3rd shift – started at 11 pm) are still on the hill regrooming. I could hear them on the radio remarking about the ice build up. I asked them to take some photos, and Tom sent me these.
1:30 pm update: The Bluebird is open! Thanks to our lift mechanics and all the other staff that pitched in to get the job done!]]>
This leads me right into the question that I have been asked about twenty times this weekend. When are you going to close for the season? With conditions like this, it seems like it could go on forever. Despite being 100% open, we have started to see a decline in skiers and riders, something that happens this time of year. I know there are lots of logical reasons why you are hanging up your skis for the winter but it seemed a little odd to be the only person skiing Little Dipper at 10 am on a Sunday morning.
Which leads me to my next point. Since your fellow skiers and riders seem to focus on lawn care and baseball this time of year, doesn’t it make sense for you to pack up the family and head to Mount Snow for goggle-tans and wide open trails?
Which leads me back to the original question: closing date? Historically, we close in mid-April due to lack of snow or participation and in most cases a little bit of both. It is a little early to tell but it looks likes we will have enough snow to hit mid-April.
Last year we closed on April 21, with a midweek closure prior to our last weekend.
Remember 2012? March 25th was our closing date. We never want a repeat of those tropical temps.
How about 2008, when we closed on April 27 with 17 trails, including Ripcord? That was a fun year!
So here’s the deal…you keep skiing and riding and we will keep doing our snow dances. My best guess is April 13 but there is an Easter contingency out there that promises they will be here en masse. I can tell you that we will be honest and up front with you and let you know as soon as we know.
In the meantime, we are taking it day by day. We are busy lapping all four mountain faces, building our duct tape creations, digging out our tie dye shirts and asking mother nature for a day or two above 30 degrees. #itaintover