With just a couple of columns left, my plan today is to urge you to get out and ski or ride these last few days of the snow season at Poley Mountain. I believe in minimizing regrets in life – “I shoulda done this – I wish I’da done that.” As such, I encourage you not to let this snow season pass you by with any regrets of the sort. With our closing date set as Easter Monday, March 28th, there’s still time to get a few runs in. This being our final week, our spring hours are in effect; Monday-Thursday 10-5pm and Friday-Monday 9-5pm.
While I am writing this on St. Patrick’s Day, snow is finally flying through the air once again. The forecast looks friendly for more snow tonight, into tomorrow, and Monday. Every bit helps! Despite the wonky weather the latter part of this winter, we have managed to hang onto an enjoyable amount of snow. And perhaps now is a good time to reiterate; (1) Poley Mountain resides at a higher elevation than most of you reading this column. As such, it is often snowing at the Mountain when it is raining in town. I encourage you to make good use of our web cams facing up and down the main mountain. They can be found on our Web site under “The Mountain / Poley Cams”. And secondly, when there is a lack of snow in your backyard, that doesn’t necessarily translate to being the end of the snow season here at Poley. This is an important note to self – with the ability to make snow, the colder temperatures to retain the snow, and the fact we get snow when others get rain, supports this theory well. If you check the weather network between Sussex and Waterford, you will often see a temperature difference of 2 degrees – that being 2 degrees colder in Waterford.
Moving along to the Slope Side Bar and Grill side of things, we plan to continue with Steak Night on Thursday (4-9), Wing Night on Friday (4-9) and Rib Night on Saturday (4-9) for this week, despite the Mountain closing at 5pm. Thursday we will be hosting our first Canvas and Cocktails beginning at 6pm. I don’t believe there is any availability left for this event, but please feel free to call 433-7668 to inquire. Friday night The Divorcees are in town for their second and final gig of the season from 6-10pm. And Saturday we welcome Crossroads and the Sussex Downtown Business Association for a little dance party from 4 until 7pm. Sunday morning, the 27th of March is Easter Sunday. We are celebrating with a Sunrise Service and Brunch at the Mountain. Join Doug Cosman for the service from 7:30-8:00am followed by brunch from 8:00-1:00pm.
Other than that, I repeat – if you are a skier or a snowboarder, get out here while you can. All things considered, the conditions are reported daily as “just great”, “awesome”, “lots of fun”. We always encourage people not to take our word for it, but to come see and experience for yourself. In all this strange weather, we have refunded a total of ONE lift ticket – Seriously, of all the skiers and snowboarders who have come to the Mountain, only 1 has asked for their money back due to the conditions not being what they hoped. The majority of the people have been pleasantly surprised and encouraged with the snow and conditions we have sustained throughout this season. We can appreciate it is hard to believe we not only have snow, but yet enough snow to enjoy some runs down the Mountain, but it is the gosh-darned truth people – and if you don’t ski or snowboard, I encourage you to take a drive and have a bite to eat in our Slope Side Bar & Grill. You won’t be disappointed… You can always check-in daily at poleymountain.com to see what’s happening at the Mountain of Fun.
As Written for the Kings County Record, March 22nd Issue of 2016
Posted on Tue, March 22, 2016
by Candace Jeffrey