Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope everyone had a great Holiday. The week certainly had its’ ups and downs in the weather department, but all in all we had a solid week. Skiing conditions improved overall, there was some very fun family activity at Westside, and capping the week off with Crime Scene in Loose Boots was certainly a fun way to end the year.
I find year end to be a great time for reflection, a time to be thankful for the good times and great memories. A time also to look back at things that could have been done differently or done better and try to learn from these things. I think about what is important in my life and do my best to be thankful for the fact that my life is filled with those very things-- family, friends, community, good health… a pretty good list. So without getting too touchy-feely, I want to thank everyone in the Mt. Abram community for first welcoming me in, and I can honestly say that you are the reason I remain here. You are a community that is somewhat unique in today’s ski world. Add to this a great new ownership team, what feels like a new attitude, and a strong sense that we are making positive strides in growing our business.
Recent snowmaking activity and a few inches from the sky has us looking and skiing much better for the coming weekend. We anticipate going from 4 trails to 18 trails and a forecast that calls for temps in the high 20’s & low 30’s. So, come out and rip it up!! And
not to jinx the forecast – but Monday into Tuesday could bring us more than a foot of new snow—can anyone say T-bar day?!?
I have referenced our management team in previous newsletters, a great mix of people, some new to the mountain, and some returning veterans. In this and subsequent newsletters, I am going to profile our managers so you have a sense of who they are and a little about their background. I am starting off with highlighting Alex Graves:
Alex is a Maine native, growing up in Harpswell, graduating from Mt. Ararat High School in 1997. He attended USM where he studied liberal arts. Alex currently resides in Albany with his wife Mary and two daughters, Alison age 10, and Aemelia age 8.
Alex got into grooming and the ski industry at Sunday River, and made the move here to Mt. Abram 5 years ago. What most people don’t know about Alex is that he is a bit of a big deal in the grooming world. He is sought after and under contract to work 2-3 times each season for companies like White Industries, The Mountain Projects Company, and USSA to build snowboard cross courses and the big parks you see on TV in international competitions. Pretty cool stuff….
In his free time, Alex loves being Dad, snowboarding with his girls, and mountain biking. In the summer months, he has built mountain bike trails for Mahoosuc Pathways, a skill that we are planning to put to use here in the off season. In addition to his grooming responsibilities, Alex has taken the lead in our snowmaking department. He is the guy that is making it happen with a crew that is working whenever the weather window presents itself- day or night. Needless to say, we are fortunate to have him – please say hello if you see him!
Don't forget to join us in Loose Boots Lounge tomorrow night for some rockabilly apres with Ragged Jack from 5 to 9!