Man! It has been cold skiing lately, but they tell me a thaw is coming this week. The problem is the dance between rain and snow in the mountains. Will it be cold enough at elevation to make the white stuff or will we see a lot of cover washed away? After the disaster of no snow last year, the ski areas could really use some help from Mother Nature.
Monday Eric Friedman reported in from Mad River Glen that they expect 4-8” of snow in the early week. Although some of the trails are a little thin, runs like the Chute, Fall Line and Quacky are really good. But what he was most excited about was one of the biggest and best Randonnee races in North America is taking place Sunday, Feb. 3 in the Mad River Valley. In a coordinated effort between Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, this US Ski Mountaineer Association-sanctioned race starts at the base of Mad River Glen, climbs to the top, traverses the Long Trail to Mount Ellen, descends into Slide Brook, climbs into the Lincoln Peak area and finishes at Valley House lodge. All proceeds benefit the Green Mountain Club. It is the biggest mountaineering race in New England. It starts at 10 a.m.
Mad River and Sugarbush have developed a new joint ticket venture that really benefits Mad River Valley skiers. Ski the Valley+ Packages require minimum three-day weekend stay (Fri/Sun) or minimum two-day midweek stay (Sun-Thurs) and are non-transferable, non-refundable. You are able to ski the three mountains, do a little cross-country, work out at the gym and get a different free-bee every day that includes pizza, work-out classes, and the movies. The package is available from Dec. 15 - April 15th, 2013; Go to madriverglen.com for more details,