Thank You

Sunday, April 22, 2018

It feels like only yesterday that we were just starting to make snow.

Wow, what a season! From our earliest start in over a decade, to Miracle March and its more than 80 inches of snowfall, to seeing our West Lake Water snowmaking project come online and deliver above and beyond expectations, this is surely a season we won’t soon forget. While I wish I had a few more days on skis this year, I can assure you I got my fill of the 200 inches of snow that Mother Nature dumped on our little slice of Vermont this season. That being said, I can’t wait to hit the links, and with a tentative opening day of May 11th, its hard to imagine with all this snow that we’ll be golfing in just three weeks from now, but I have faith in our team.

As I finish up my thirty-third season as an employee, and first as a GM, here at Mount Snow, I’m struck by how lucky I am to be surrounded by some of the hardest working and most professional individuals in our industry. While the most visible departments such as snowmaking, ski patrol, and grooming consistently get the public praise. We simply couldn’t deliver the amazing experiences we do day-in and day-out without each and every department working together in unison. So, if you see someone in uniform today, please take a moment and thank them for this wonderful season. Do I think we’re perfect? Not just yet. There’s always more that can be improved upon, and I look forward to working with our department heads in the offseason to make sure we continue to go above and beyond.

It’s not just the employees, it’s also each and every one of you that come out weekend after weekend to see friends, spend time with family, or just take a few solo laps that make this mountain what it is. Each of you adds your own little touches to help continue the tradition of being the place where friends have gathered for decades, and families have come back generation after generation to share the gift of skiing and riding with their children. I’d like to take a moment and thank you all for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you around the mountain this summer, fall, and into next season.

Speaking of next season, I’m sure you’re all wondering what upgrades and improvements we have planned for the summer, I’ll be following up with another post shortly that spells out the summer projects we have planned, but there is one that I can’t help but mention.

If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re in the process of building a new base lodge over at our Carinthia Base Area that will be unlike anything this mountain has seen. At 42,000 square feet, this new lodge is five times the size of the lodge it is replacing, and will offer all the skier services you and your family desire during the course of your day. From that first cup of coffee, to rentals and lessons, to leisurely lunches on the deck, and all the way into the night with new après destinations, this lodge will truly have it all. As of writing, construction is progressing nicely, and I look forward to welcoming you all there for the opening day of the 2018/19 season.

On the season pass front, our ever-popular Peak Pass is returning for its third year, offering unlimited skiing and riding at seven Northeast resorts in the Peak Resorts family, including Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched Mountains in New Hampshire; Hunter Mountain in New York; and Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; and of course Mount Snow. If you haven’t taken advantage of the ability this pass offers to explore and storm chase, I’d highly recommend planning a couple of weekend trips to our sister mountains next year, or even heading up to Wildcat this season, who is currently planning on operating into May!

Well, that’s it for me for this season, I’m off to take a few last laps before the chairs stop spinning. See you out there!

 

-Erik 

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