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Sugarbush to open for 'sneak preview'

11/15/2007

By Kara Herlihy

Sugarbush will open for a 'sneak preview' this Saturday, November 17. While the official opening day remains Thanksgiving Day, Sugarbush will get the lifts turning in honor of the 30th anniversary of the New England Ski Museum.

Sugarbush President Win Smith writes, "The quality of the snow we have made is just too good not to open for our guests."

One revered guest in particular, Stein Eriksen, who ran Sugarbush's ski and ride school in the mid 1960s and holds an Olympic gold medal, will return to Sugarbush where the New England Ski Museum will present him with their 'Spirit of Skiing' award Saturday night.  

"Contingent upon a standard state inspection of resort lifts scheduled for this Friday, Sugarbush plans to run the Super Bravo and Heaven's Gate chair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with skiing and riding on Upper Jester, Downspout and Organgrinder. Resort officials expect to be downloading on the Super Bravo chair, but if conditions permit, crews will attempt to lay down enough snow for top-to-bottom skiing," communications director J.J. Toland said.

"Our snowmaking crews have put down a great base from the top (of Lincoln Peak) to the bottom of Heaven's Gate. Nighttime temperatures should be back in the teens come Thursday night and we will make every effort to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding come Saturday," he added.

Mad River Glen is also gearing up for this year's season opener. This noteworthy year will start with the official dedication ceremony of the newly restored historic single chair.

MRG plans to re-create the original single chair opening with the return of Miss Vermont 1948, who was the first to ride the historic single. Miss Vermont 1948 will join the current Miss Vermont for the first ride during the official dedication ceremony scheduled for December 15.

Inaugural rides are reserved for those who purchased chairs as contributions to the Capital Chair Campaign. The campaign has passed the $1.35 million fund-raising mark and is still working towards their $1.54 million goal.

Mad River Glen is anxious to get the single back in action and hopes to open up as soon as possible after Thanksgiving weekend, according to marketing director Eric Friedman.
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