Monday, June 25, 2012
Even though summer officially began last week, our thoughts returned to winter with the arrival of two packages from OnTheSnow.com. When I opened the envelopes, I discovered two Visitors' Choice Awards for the 2012 season.
Each year, OnTheSnow readers rate their experiences at various ski resorts throughout the USA and each resort is ranked according to these surveys. This year Sugarbush received two of five awarded in the Northeast: Best Terrain and Best Overall Resort. We are thrilled and honored to have received these two distinctions. And we thank all of you who participated in the OnTheSnow surveys.
Learn more by going to onthesnow.com.
Now back to summer. The summer season surely came in with a roar as temperatures in Burlington hit a record 97 degrees on Thursday. Fortunately, it never made it out of the 80's here in the mountains, but it was still hot. A northerly breeze cooled things off by the weekend, and we were back to nights in the 50's and sunny days in the 70's. Nobody was happier about that than Rumble.
It was a gorgeous day for Kid's Day on Saturday and a lot of families took advantage of special offers to participate in our summer activities at discount pricing and listen to some live music as well. Both Lili and I tried our new Eurobungy trampoline. It is a blast and I highly recommend it for "children" of all ages. You will be amazed at how long five minutes of bouncing seems.
Last week, the Green Mountain Opera Festival featured their Emerging Artists in a performance of Don Pasquale held in a packed Gate House Lodge Thursday evening. Over four hundred talented young singers applied for the twelve roles available. They came from all over the USA as well as Canada. It was a marvelous performance. GMOF's Emerging Artists presented one additional performance of Don Pasquale on Saturday evening at UVM's Recital Hall in Burlington and then, with seasoned opera professionals, performed La Boheme twice at the historic Barre Opera House. Over the past several years, I have watched and listened as the opera festival has progressively gotten better and better, and Sugarbush is proud to be one of the lead sponsors of this annual event.
It is hard to believe that July is almost here. Next week, the year will be half over. And in only four months, we plan to begin making snow (on the first of November). But before that happens, all of us will be busy with summer fun and the week of the 4th is one of the best.
As I mentioned in the last Win's Word, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is here Friday evening to kick-off their summer concert series. If Mother Nature cooperates, it will be a wonderful evening to come up and enjoy our BBQ at Castlerock Pub and then listen to this great symphony and see a finale of fireworks. I encourage you to plan to stay around the Valley for all the festivities of the Fourth of July, including the Warren airshow on June 30 and the Mad Marathon the following weekend.
Many thanks again for your recognition of the special terrain we have here at Sugarbush and the outstanding support that resulted in our award as the Best Overall Resort this past ski season.
Happy 4th of July!