Cats equal fresh snow at Sugarb
I have to admit the first time I heard of an east coast cat skiing operation I was a bit skeptical but that all changed this week at 6:30am after one of the biggest storms of 2011 on Wednesday morning. As I loaded the “Lincoln Limo” for the Sugarbush “Powder Morning First Tracks” I was equally surprised by the diversity of my cabin mates, we had a hard core back country skier, an expert snowboarder, three expert skiers, the owner of the Resort Win Smith and a woman who had come to check off one of her “bucket list” items. We lead by a ski patroller and John Egan. What a crew and what a morning with over 14 inches of fresh snow as the sun was cresting the distant peaks we were standing on top giggling every turn on the way down.
I know there is a group of you hard cores out there that are thinking, man earn your turns and I agree, that is fun, but so is this this and cat skiing in the east? It was better than I thought and here is why. As always these types of experiences are enhanced by tangent conversation on the way up, the encouragement and cheers on the way down and the break through experiences of skiers and riders expanding horizons through mountain adventures. For me the high light was my new friend Meghan was not only checking off a “bucket list” item but was realizing that powder skiing wasn’t neither hard or intimidating. End the end it was magic seeing adults act like kids and for me it was a great way to turn 47 with friends, family and kindred spirits!
To sign up for these adventures simply watch the weather and call guest services at Sugarbush or go to sugarbush.com and with the yet another storm coming on Saturday, I would say that Sunday morning will be booking fast. And if you think you can’t handle it, chew on this, the next day on the there was a skier coming who had gone through the Sugarbush “First Timer” program and had not only gotten her season pass but had advanced so much with her skiing that less than a year later she was going cat skiing!