Saturday, March 8, 2014
I'm assuming you've heard of 3D printing. If not, here's how it works. Basically, you imput a 3D design into a computer and it literally prints out whatever that design was using melted plastic. Your finished product is a 100% to-scale plastic model of whatever the design was. You can print anything: toys, phone cases, auto parts etc.
So, who cares? Well, as we've experimented more with this technology, now people are starting to get really creative. Two companies have now successfully 3D printed skis and snowboards.
Signal Snowboards and Stratasys each wanted to experiment and see if the printers could create real, usable equipment, and how well it would hold up. Long story short, they took their products to Colorado and Tahoe, respectively, and it worked. It's now completely possible to create 3D printed skis and snowboards that actually rip down real terrain! Pretty cool, huh?
How's the snow?I wish I could take that 3D printed snowboard down trails like Vermont 200 or Spillway (which have been excellent this week) and see how it performs. Speaking of those two steep favorites, they're just a small part of what's open this weekend. All six lifts are going 'round their bull-wheels and ropes are dropped on 67 runs across all three mountain faces. We're nearly 100% open and let me assure you - after doing some extensive product testing in the past 48 hours, I've never seen the mountain skiing this well. It might even top a powder day. Maybe. I'm not blowing smoke, folks. It's really, REALLY good out there right now.
A quick recap of my favorite runs yesterday - Adam's Solitude (yup!), Old Turnpike, Vista Glades, Spillway and Lower Tattle Tale. If you know this mountain, you know that covers a huge variety of terrain, meaning there really is something for everyone right now. And it's all great.
Weather:The mercury reached a high of 38 degrees yesterday and gave us a fantastic preview of what late-March is going to bring. This is why we love spring skiing and riding. It quickly turned into a no-jacket, no-gloves, funky sunglasses kind of day and everyone was loving it. After a winter of below-zero temps, 38 felt more like 68.
The next 48 hours aren't going to be as sunny, but we're looking at temps in the high 20's again today under mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries. On Sunday, things will get a little firm again when the thermometer reads temps in the teens, but it should be a little sunny again.
Not to get too excited here, but keep an eye on Thursday. We've seen a few weather models showing the possibility of another big storm headed our way. It's too far out to forecast right now, but something to stew on, for sure.
Grooming & Parks:
Our grooming staff deserves the highest praise this season. They've kept up the highest standards after a strange and bi-polar Winter, and the weekend should be no different. We groomed 42 trails last night so there should be soft, fun turns wherever you look. Like I said, Spillway has been fantastic, and cruisers like Cobrass and Wilderness Liftline are skiing great as well.
Both terrain parks are open and tons of fun. The Grom Park jumps got a little bigger in the last rebuild and our crew added some new features. Over in the Jungle, Anthony, Jeremy and the guys are ready to put on a youth park clinic today, beginning at 10 a.m. for kids who want some tips or help with their freestyle acrobatics. They're great guys who really know what they're doing, so check it out if you need a little advice.
What's Going On:
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Did anybody catch the sunrise this morning? The moon and sun were in fairly close proximity to each other from my vantage point, and it made me feel a bit like I was on some desert planet with two suns in the Star Wars universe. Eerily cool feeling actually. But I digress...
It's been about a week since I last addressed you all, and with that, we got another 7" or so of new snow, which is always a welcome sight. Our monthly total now sits at 52" or, if you prefer, more than four feet of shred sugar. I can't even remember the ancient history that is January. That's probably a good thing.
We're halfway through Vermont Week up here at the mountain, so if you're local, the kids are on vacation and you're trying to find something for them to do - obviously this is the case - then bring them up to visit us. We've got events going on through the weekend with some pretty cool people, so come get a balloon hat from Dux, take a snowshoe tour from the Nordic Center or do your best Iditarod impression on a dog sled tour - sans the heavy parka and foreboding dark, arctic atmosphere.
Come play in the snow!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The second half of the winter, from Mid-February to mid-March, is my favorite half. It's, like, almost daylight when I drive in to work now, there's actually a few other humans up and around that early and it's not even dark when I clock-out! Snow keeps falling by the truckload, temperatures are starting to mellow out a little and yet there's still plenty of season left. Personalities start to come out both in people's clothing and their faces, and it's pretty difficult not to have a great time on the mountain. It's awesome.
We've added 2-4" in the last 24 hours, 7" since the time I last addressed you, and 45" in this month alone. We're about 98 percent open and I can say with confidence, that after testing our product extensively in the last week, these are the best conditions we've see all season. The groomers are soft and easy to edge, the trees are thin but fun with the proper caution, and we've let a few trails bump up, which adds a whole other dimension of enjoyment. Now, if only we could get this annoying wind to move out over the ocean where it belongs!
Pretty soon, it will be March, another snowy month for us, and, before you know it, April will come calling and we'll be skiing and riding in tee shirts again. The season goes faster than you think, folks. So make an effort to get up here and enjoy the next two months. There's plenty of snow to go around, and if history means anything, it's only going to get better from here. So get excited like the colorful guy in the photo above. It's the best two months of the year.
Get outside and play.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
|It's beard-deep out there!|
Sorry, had to get one last powder yell in from yesterday. In case you've been living in a cave, I should probably tell you that the reason for my powder yell is Winter Storm Pax. As in, the Nor' Easter that dumped 17-21" of snow on us in the last 24 hours! Mother Nature must be feeling a little guilty about how she treated us in January, because she gave us a Valentine's Day to remember. There's so much to talk about this holiday weekend, so let's drop in...
I mean, if you like snow, you need to get up here. If you like your powder sticks but never get a chance to use them, you need to get up here. If you like Wilderness and Timberline with freshies everywhere, you need to get up here. Simple as that. 29" in the last week and 41" since February 1 - it doesn't get much better than that, kids.
Oh, wait - it does! Believe it or not, there's actually a chance of flurries again today, with a possible accumulation of an inch or two. It might turn out to be nothing, but I like to deal in positive thinking. Temps will cool off a bit today, but the mercury shouldn't dip below about 20 degrees. A.k.a. perfect conditions for an epic weekend of skiing and riding!
How's the snow:Oh. Em. Gee. It's an absolute dream out there. We don't get more than a few real pure powder days each year out here on the East coast, but days like yesterday remind you why it's the most invigorating and enthralling skiing there is. Pure, unadulterated, dry, fluffy powpow! Almost everything is open, and I can say with first-hand experience that it's all pretty amazing. Preacher. Brandywine. Wilderness Liftline. TNT. Show Time. Vista Glades. You name it, and it's skiing great. Pillowy fluffiness is my phrase of the weekend, and I think it perfectly describes how it feels to float through this new snow. Awesome!
Wilderness? More like Wilder-yessssssssss! For the first time this season, all six lifts will be running today and we're skiing and riding on 65 open trails. Winter Storm Pax was the best Valentine we've had in a long while and our trails are just begging for you to ski them. So, what are you waiting for? Get after it!
What's going on:Bolton After Dark: $19 lift tickets TONIGHT, $2 slices and sodas at Fireside Flatbread, and we're showing the Olympics on the big screen!
JMT Entertainment: Dewey Drive Band live from 8-11pm TONIGHT.
Late Night at Bolton Valley: Every Friday night in February, we'll keep our doors open and the lifts running until 10 p.m. That means you'll have an extra two hours of night skiing on those days. Lift tickets will be just $19 from 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
|It may not be Sochi, but we've got some fun freestyle of our own.|
I really hope you've been watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Despite so funny stories about facility issues, poor snow conditions and creepy bears that will haunt your dreams, the Games themselves have been pretty entertaining.
Two of my favorite events to watch are the men's and women's ski/snowboard superpipe and slopestyle events. I missed the men's events, since I couldn't figure out NBC's schedule of events, but I think I've sorted it out just in time for the women's pipe. I have a tremendous amount of appreciation for how difficult those tricks are and it's always so impressive to watch these incredible athletes just send it 20' out of the pipe and boost off 50' kickers. They're two of the most popular and exciting sports to watch, often igniting millions of comments from viewers all over the globe. So I thought, why not join in the conversation?
Follow @boltonvalley on Twitter for a live chat during the women's snowboard superpipe today. Use the official Olympic hashtag (#Sochi2014) as well as #BVSochi and chime in with your armchair analysis, observations and comments during each run. We'll follow along as the world's best vie for Olympic Gold!
Semifinals are live at 10am and the final begins at 12:30, according to NBC. You can stream the event online for free at stream.nbcolympics.com.