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2017 Winter Events & Activities Bulletin Board

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The 2017 ski season was strange with the weather changing almost every week from warm to cold.  Our friends at Mountian Creek did a great job keeping snow on the slopes.  We tracked our ski days again this ski season.  The results are noted below:

Ski Season Hidden Valley Club
now NWAC*
Mountain Creek Away from the Mountain Creek Total Days on Snow
2016-2017 0 86 3 Mt. Peter & 3 Waterville Valley 92
2015-2016 1 61 0 62 (ugh)
2014-2015 0 104 1 Belleayre 105**
2013-2014 0 100 1 Camelback 101
2012-2013 0 85 5 90
2011-2012 61 8 10 79
2010-2011 75 9 13 97
2009-2010 85 3 8 96
*  Hidden Valley Club is now called The National Winter Activity Center & is closed to public skiing.  ** a new on snow record!



* With 11 inches of new snow at the Waterville Valley Ski Resort in New Hampshire, we could not resist making the trip north for some quality end of season skiing.  It was worth the trip.  Day 1 beautiful spring skiing; Day 2 4 inches of fresh powder to allow us to develop our powder skiing skills and Day 3 beautiful courdoroy for some final cruise runs. 

The visit was made even more special by meeting a young Mexican artist (and bartender), Memo,  who provided us with excellent food and adult beverages and introduced us to the mural art he had painted the Mexican resturant.  Check out additonal photos of his art work by clicking HERE.

Buffy & John in the 11 inches of new snow & Mount Tecumsah in the background

Buffy, John & new friend Memo who painted the beauriful mural in the backgound

* An excellent ski season ended with a splash at Mountain Creeek on Saturday March 24th with the annual Pond Skimming Competition, and the Adaptive Sports Program at Mountain Creek got in some end of the season training to be ready to provide some special atheletes with the opportunity to join in the fun on the slopes next ski season. 

Rich, Bonnie, John & Buffy pose for photo with ski buddy Bill, prior to his duo pond skim.

The Adaptive Sports at Mountain Creek team train under the watchful eye of John Swartwood & Buffy

* March 17th - St. Patrick's Day - celebrated by Buffy and John on the slopes of Mountain Creek.  It was day 89 of skiing at the Creek and a beutiful "Blue Bird" day of skiing with friends in green.

Buffy & John celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Creek.  Day 80 of skiing this season

* March 14th - Buffy's Birthday!  That means John makes the Birthday Cake and romantic dinner.  Mother Nature presented Buffy with a special Buffy Birthday Blizzard, over 2 feet of snow.  We covered the cars.  Skiing should be great tomorrow.

A special cake for a SPECIAL Buffy Birthday made by John

We could not resist taking a pre-birthdaty bite of delicious Bday Cake

Snow is falling and the cars are getting buried

Peeling off the car cover made cleaning the snow off of the car easy!

Start of Buffy's Birthday Blizzard at 9:30 AM - over 20"

The end of Buffy Birthday Blizzard 2 PM approximatley 25"

* We had to ski the day before Buffy's Birthday, but Mountain Creek was closed.  So we visited a small ski area called Mt. Peter just outside of Warwick, NY 35 minutes away.  It was a fun day with our ski buddies, Rich and Bonnie Calak and Mark.  Needless to say it was fun.


Buffy, John, Rich, Bonnie & Mark on the top of Mt. Peter ready to do another run.  We did 31 runs on this beautiful day on the slopes.

* Skiing remains fun as we move toward March. Buffy and friend Richard show good form as they ski down the Great Northern and Matchmaker slopes at Mountain Creek in late February.

Buffy & Richard skiing Great Northern & Match Maker at Mountain Creek

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* As we moved toward March the "spring-like" weather with temperatures reaching into the low 70s had a quick impact on the snow causing the shrinkage of skiable terrain and the closing of slopes.  We took a pause in our skiing to give recognition to some of our friends who work at the mountain in lift operations and slope safety and to enjoy an adult beverage or two to toast the mountain. To read the Advertiser News article click HERE.

Buffy & John with our ski buddies, members of the lift ops and mountain safety staff

Buffy & John toast the mountain with ski buddies & favorite waitresses

* The blizzard of February 9, 2017 dumped 15 inches of snow on Hidden Valley as proved by our Snow Man.  Our car covers made it easy to remove the snow after the snow fall allowing us to go skiing for our 54th time this season.

Our snowman snow fall measuer shows the amount of snow fall on February 9th

The snowman shows we got 15 inches of snow

Buffy shows our cars covered with our "snow shields" to maek clean up easier

Yes it is a lot easier to clean off the snow with the "snow shield"

* One of the rewards from skiing is the views that come from the lift.  The photos below were taken by our ski buddy Richard and captured the bank of fog that covered the valley below the ski slopes.  It was another rotten day in heaven.

Buffy & John ride on the cab with fog covering the valey.  Photo by Richard

Photo by Richard of the fog in the Vernon Valley below the Mountain Creek slopes.

* The fun continues on the slopes and after at apre ski.  Skiing with Rich & Bonnie and their children, Katie, Casey and Casey's significant other Nicole at Scully's Tavern following skiing January 19, 2017.

Buffy & John with friends Bonnie & Richard with their kids, Katie & Casey and  Nicole

* It's fun to share the joy of skiing with family and friends.  That is what we did on Saturday, January 7th when nephew Mark Dupre Jr. and neice "Micki Lynn" visited, stayed overnight and skied at Mountain Creek.  It was another rotten day in heaven!

Buffy, Mark, MickiLin, & John on the Sugar Lift at Mountain Creek

MickiLin & John on the lift at the Sugar Slope at Mountain Creek

* Buffy and John continued a Christmas tradition of giving the lift operators at Mountain Creek cookies in appreciation for their friendship and the work they do to make the ski season fun.

Our friends at the Cabrolet Lift recieve Xmas Cookies

Buffy gives "Grumpy" something to smile about.

Our Chile buddy at the Sugar Lift gets cookies too.

* We kicked off the 2016-2017 Ski Season at Mountain Creek on Wednesday, December 14th, 24 days earlier than last year.  We were again given the honor of riding the first chair (this year 1st Cab) to open the mountain.  An article about our opening of Mountain Creek was posted on the Advertiser News website. To read the article click HERE.  It was fun seeing our ski buddies and our friends who work at the Creek again.  We are looking forward to a GREAT 2017 ski season.

Buffy & John open Mountain Creek ski season with ski buddies.

Buffy & John with Mountain Creek friends and Lift Ops staff.

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