The end of the season is always bitter-sweet, and some years the remaining snow melts away with a whimper. But not this year!
The party started on the bus before we reached the Lincoln Tunnel and continued until we arrived home from Vermont on Sunday evening, leaving everyone wanting more. And the weather played right along: dumping 10″ of snow at Stowe to give us mid-winter powder conditions all day Saturday, then delivering a blue-bird spring day on Sunday with bright skies, abundant powder at the summit and corn snow at lower elevations, with temperatures that peaked at 80(!) degrees in the sun. Did I mention Cathy’s impressive ski-yoga demonstration, Saturday night dance party, the herd of wild things hanging at Spruce Base Bar, or the truck full of Butternut Golden Retrievers?
As Phil Caracci wrote on his Facebook page, “Such a spectacular day at Stowe Mountain Resort! Sure the snow was great, the sun was great, the discounted tickets were great, the truckload of puppies was great…. but what’s really great is the people on the trip that you share all of this joy with.”
If you love skiing and boarding, making new friends, playing with puppies, and getting down on the dance floor, it doesn’t get better. Check out our calendar and join us at one of our social events, on the bike trial this summer, or at the Miramar lodge next season. You won’t regret it.
The Miramar Race Team came away with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the MET NY Ski Council Races at Pico. Here are the results:
Super Elite Women
Karen McFarlane: GS-Silver, Slalom-Gold, Combined-Silver
Susan Weintraub: GS-Gold, Slalom-Gold, Combined-Gold
Colleen Curry: GS-Gold, Slalom-Gold, Combined-Gold
Chip Martin: GS-Silver, Slalom-Bronze, Combined-Bronze
Miramar Ski Club – Silver
Cross-country skiers are welcome on Miramar’s weekly ski bus trips to our lodge in Vermont. Depending on which downhill area we visit the day’s snow and weather conditions, the usual XC destinations are Ole’s in the Mad River Valley, The Trapp Family Lodge, or the Stowe XC Center.
Ole’s , Warren Vermont — http://www.olesxc.com/
The closest cross country ski facility to our lodge in Waitsfield, Ole’s was opened by a legendary Norwegian cross-country skier. Still locally owned, Ole’s features rolling trails through the woods and fields and past local barns. Beginner, intermediate and some challenging trails for more experienced skiers are offered. Helpful staff, excellent lessons for skiers of every level and a bright welcoming sky-light lit lounge with soup and sandwich offerings round out the experience. Occasional acoustic music jams occur at lunchtime as well as a memorable local distillery tasting.
Mansfield/Stowe Cross County in Stowe, Vermont — http://www.trappfamily.com/
Where skiing began before they invented the ski lift. Enterprising cross country skiers unearthed the old trail maps of Stowe Ski Resort and recreated the original trails. Just down the mountain from the Stowe Alpine Resort, Mansfield offers some challenging black runs with serious downhill stretches in addition to a multitude of beginner and intermediate trails. Facilities include a warming hut along the trail serving hot chocolate,and a yurt by the lodge to relax in. Trails connect to the Toll Road trail at the downhill resort where gravity’s pull can be experienced to its fullest. High quality instruction and rentals are available. A connection to the nearby Trapp Cabin is available for hearty souls willing to head uphill approximately four kilometers, A fireplace, soups sandwiches, hot apple cider and cookies are served. Of course after heading uphill you get to race back downhill when you have finished your destination dining experience in the woods.
Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vermont — http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/xc/
A true resort in addition to an excellent cross-country ski venue, Trapp Family Lodge offers an on site brew-pub an Austrian bakery as well as the Trapp Cabin. A well groomed and extensive trail system provides trails for racers as well as expert, intermediate and beginner skiers. Yes, this venue was opened and run by the Trapp family of Sound of Music fame and the hills are alive and the trails are exceptionally well groomed.
Even if the weather outside is frightful, the weather inside Miramar’s lodge is smokin’ — and you won’t need your long-johns to be warm!
Not sure what to give that special someone this year, or maybe you need to treat yourself to a holiday break?
Even though the weather is frightfully unseasonable (thanks a lot, El Nino!), if you haven’t locked in your New Year’s plans our lodge in Waitsfield, Vermont is the place to be.
Powder shots after breakfast may not be on the menu this month, but Stowe has 21 trails open and Sugarbush 8, so there’s that. And the venerable Single Chair Weather Blog just posted about the likelihood of a “Madden-Julian Oscillation” occurring and its “capability of re-dealing the cards” on the weather. Hey, if there’s a chance it’ll work you can set me up with two shots of MJO right now, please!
But even better than shots of MJO is New Years weekend in Vermont with Miramar. Great people, great meals, great dancing, and maybe a few ski runs, too So step right up, click one of the buttons below, and buckle your seat belts for a great time!
The lifts at Sugarbush and Stowe are running and so is Miramar’s bus. Registration is now open for the following trips:
- December 11 to 13 — First Trip of the Season
- December 24 to 27 — Christmas Weekend
- December 27 to 31 — Mid-week Car Trip
- December 31 to January 3 — New Years Weekend
- January 8 to 10 — Mad Mambo Weekend