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Hannah's Notebook 12.28.2011

December 28, 2011 2:18pm news

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Looking back...and ahead.

Boy do we have a lot to be thankful for as we take a look back in 2011. We've accomplished so much and have a lot to be proud of. To all our staff, I would like to shout out a big THANK YOU! From chairlifts to wind turbines to music festivals and new real estate plans, there were many big projects and events this year that wouldn't have turned out half as great if it weren't for our very dedicated staff that we are lucky to have here. A thanks also goes out to our friends at Kingdom Trails, for a successful partnership in summer mountain biking and winter Nordic operations. Snow is on the way and we’ll be cross country skiing and snowshoeing on the Kingdom Trails in no time!

Compared to the past couple of seasons, it’s safe to say that we didn't get off to the best start this winter. Mother Nature just didn't cooperate with us, but our snow guns are on every minute possible and we still have the faith, that, as it always does, the snow will come. On the bright side, the Mid Burke Express is finito, done and ready to give you a faster than ever before lift to the summit of Burke. I'm hooked.  I have been on a morning run every day so far, and sometimes again in the afternoon, and it only takes a half hour to make the round trip from my office at the Base Lodge for a refreshing morning run. It is such a different feeling riding over trees and over a trail that was never there before. Next time you’re up there, just before you unload, look to the right and you’ll see a view that you never really had a chance to see before. I’d post a picture, but I want you to see it for yourself.

There are still lots of activities here at the mountain to finish out the year. I just heard that there was quite a group at arts and crafts last night, so if your looking for something to keep the little ones busy and some time for yourself, we have some fun supervised night time activities for the kids. For the second year, students at Burke Mountain Academy will take the reins and hold a New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade from the summit on Saturday. If you’re in viewing sight of mountain, make sure to keep an eye out around 8:30pm. If you are here on the mountain, the best viewing area is at the Sherburne Base Lodge.

If you still haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve, there are still tickets available for the Wicked Smart Horn Band here at the Tamarack Grill. Tickets include a delicious gourmet buffet. Believe me, I have been to it. What other restaurant can you go and get seconds on Prime Rib? Or the Roast Pork? Or Crab legs? Then the Wicked Smart Horn band hits the stage for dancing into the New Year. If you want tickets, order them at 802.626.7300. Or, take a listen to our local radio station Magic 97.7-Val will be giving away a couple of pairs of tickets to some lucky listeners!

If you’re looking to take the whole family out for a night in the Kingdom, look no further than St. Johnsbury First Night. A ton of performances, live music, and festivities are happening all in St. Johnsbury and at the Catamount Arts Center. Buttons to this great event are available at the Snow Sports Center Desk here at the mountain.

Finally, be sure to make your New Year’s resolution to ski & ride more! I think that will be mine for this year!

Happy New Year! Cheers to 2012!

-Hannah