A Presidential To Do

Thursday, February 11, 2016

With President's Week almost here I wanted to share a few insider's tips.

  1. The early bird gets the worm.  Our lifts open at 8 am Feb 13 - 21.  If 8 am is too early remember to eat early, eat late and ski high noon.
  2. There are some great sales going on in all of our retail shops right now.  Up to 30% off skis, boots and snowboards.  30% off outerware like parkas, pants and shells.   We also have a helmet trade-in deal and get 25% off.  According to experts, you should get a new helmet if yours has suffered an impact or if you look in the mirror and have a 90's flashback!  While you are at it, throw in a new pair of googles (selected goggles are 20% off) to complete the "new you" look.  
  3. Auntie's opens an hour before the lifts for a big ole', sit-down, breakfast.  During the holiday week they will be open Feb 12-15 and 19-21.  They close at 10 am so don't procrastinate.
  4. Make Sundance your home base.  During the holiday week we have fewer bus groups so Sundance is the perfect place to park and gear up.  The Sundance Lodge is spacious with its own ticket window, rental shop, Coop's bar, a small retail shop, free bag check and two beginner lifts.  Oh and my favorite fireplace at the resort.
  5. If you are an intermediate or better skier, can I recommend a few trails?  Rollercoaster, Ego Alley, South Bowl, Milky Way and Thanks Walt.  If you are an expert try Plummet.  They tend to see a little less skier traffic because they are not as prominent when you ride a lift.
  6. Make time for  t ubing !  This is a great family sport for all abilities.  Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm the best time to hit the park is at the beginning and end (less crowded.) You cannot tube in your ski boots so make sure you pack your apres ski boots.   
  7. Explore the Valley .  One of the special things about Mount Snow is the Valley we live in.  There are too many shops, restaurants and attractions to list but here are a few.
    1. Go to the movies at our MHCA theatre .  There is quite a story behind this theatre and a projection and sound system that is one of the best in the business.  Give it a try - I think you will be impressed.
    2. Meet up with your inner-cheese at Spoonwood Cabin in Jacksonville.  Maybe you will meet the owners who left NYC to follow their passion, making cheese.  One word - yum!
    3. Take the kids to the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum up on Hogback Mountain.  Looks small from the outside but there is a lot of cool stuff to see.  If your kids like animals, this is a must see.
    4. Take full advantage of all of our fresh air sports!  Cross Country skiing is an experience everyone should try and I would recommend Timber Creek for a quality experience.  You can rent all the equipment right there so no excuses.  Your body and mind will thank you.
    5. Spend an afternoon poking your head in every store in the classic Vermont village of Wilmington.  The goods and items are unique, many are hand crafted by locals and you'll even have time to talk with the shop keepers. You can spend hours at the book store, have breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the superb restaurants and you won't need a car because everything is within walking distance.
  8. Ride the Moover !  Free transportation on our Holstein inspired busses. The friendliest bus drivers are just an extra added bonus.
  9. Take a lesson .  I know, you are an "expert."  I used to be but now that I am getting a little older and skiing a little slower a lesson is even more important so I don't develop mid-life ski habits, if you know what I mean.  Private lessons are best but if you are going to take a group lesson, I would recommend next Tuesday through Friday.  
  10. After your lesson treat yourself to the Nature Spa .  They offer fitness classes (I have taken almost all of them and I would highly recommend them), body care like wraps and polishes and a whole menu of massages.  

That should keep you busy for a little while.  Have questions while you are on vacation?  Ask right here and I will try to get you an answer.  Who will be the next President? Don't ask.  I am as baffled as the rest of you!


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