Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Few Really Good Reasons To Smile

As I sit and write these words, Okemo Mountain has just passed last year's total snowfall -- for the entire season. That's right: as great as last year was, and as much snow as Mother Nature dumped on Okemo last winter, we have now passed that number... by March 3.

We've got seven or eight more weeks in the season, people! We've just started what is typically the snowiest season of the month! We've got sunshine and longer, warmer days and barbecue on the decks and goggle tans to come! We've got soft spring snow and lighter jackets just around the corner and we've already gotten more snow than we got all last season! Things are still looking up, is what I'm saying! Why, you can tell how excited I am by my liberal use of exclamation points! I! Can't! Wait!

Toss in the fact that next year's Okemo Season Passes go on sale this Saturday, March 7 -- at the same rates as this season's early rates -- and I'm positively giddy. In fact, I may faint, so I'm just going to sit over here quietly for a few minutes with my head down between my knees.

[Sound of OkeDokey quietly hyperventilating]

OK, I'm back. Sun, snow, super savings... pretty good stuff, eh?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

In Like a Lion?

A few wisps of white in an otherwise bluebird sky makes me think that the old adage, "in like a lion and out like a lamb," may not apply to the month of March this year. But wait - snow is on the way and it could start before midnight. With any luck at all, we'll be skiing and riding in six inches of powder by morning.

As far as I'm concerned, March is the best month of the year for skiing. We inevitably get a big dump of snow in the first week or so and conditions are at their best. The stronger sun means fewer layers and lunch breaks on the deck. I'm all about the goggle tan.

Don't even think about your bike or those golf clubs in the garage . For real skiers and riders, the best is yet to come! Cheers!