The "Off Season"

The "Off Season"

You know something, it’s not every day you get the opportunity to have your picture taken with a 2-time Olympian. We were fortunate this week to receive a visit from 2-time Olympian Mark Fawcett. As the legend goes, Mark “had Canada’s first ever gold medal in snowboarding all but wrapped up” ( when he suffered a broken binding. Mark, from the Rothesay area, turned his talents to coaching after participating in the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games, and winning 14 snowboard World Cup events in the slalom, GS and Super G. A Canadian National Alpine Snowboard Coach from 2005 to 2014, Mark has also launched his own snowboard company, specializing in “powder” snowboards. Mark is presently a Canadian Paralympic Snowboard Coach, sharing his knowledge of the border-cross with participants in the Paralympic Games to be held the winter of 2018 in South Korea, and of course all events leading up to the games.

Bill will tell you he recalls Mark snowboarding before snowboarding was allowed at Poley Mountain. Back in Bill’s days working the groomer, he would pick-up Mark in the groomer at the bottom of the back side of the Mountain, take him back to the top and pick him up again at the bottom along his route. Mark rode the back side of the Mountain, because as I said before, snow boarders were not yet permitted on Poley Mountain. Now that’s what I call (way) “ahead of the curve”.

Switching gears, many of you have inquired as to our plans during the “off season”. Although I can’t answer all of your questions here, I will attempt to shed some amount of light onto the subject. April is a beautiful month, full of “Sunday drivers” enjoying spring in the air. During the month of April, you can count on the Slope Side Bar & Grill opening Sundays for our Sunday Brunch from 9am until 2pm. In our Brunch you will find a line-up of breakfast items coupled with small sandwiches and a daily soup option. We are not permitted per say to advertise price amidst this column, but I will say this; it starts with a one and a four and ends in ninety nine. Kids starts with an eight and ends in a ninety nine.

Some other events to look forward to include King of the Mountain April 2nd, an entertaining event of snowmobilers racing two at a time up the front of the mountain. Spectators are permitted at this event with the payment of an admission fee. We have decided to continue Steak Night this week, Thursday March 31st from 4-9pm and Wing Night Friday April 1st from 4-9pm.

We have a beautiful patio and with any luck, the weather will cooperate so we can ‘show it off’ sooner than later. Mark your calendars for Sunday May 8th as we celebrate Mothers’ Day at Poley Mountain. We will be offering a Brunch during the earlier hours of the day, along with special menu options of Steak or Rib Dinner, Bacon Wrapped Haddock or Linguine Pasta in a Homemade Rose sauce. That’s Sunday May 8th from 9am to 6pm in the Slope Side Bar & Grill.

The 2nd Annual Mud Run is slated for Saturday June 25th this year. Last year was a great event and this year we look forward to another great day of muddiness! Early bird deadline for registration is set for April 24th. For more information google Mud Run for Heart 2016 and be sure to click on the Poley Mountain option, as they are also hosting a first annual Mud Run in Edmunston this year at Mount Farlagne.

In closing, we would like to thank everyone for their patience with the ‘dipsy doodle’ weather this season. We were strong out of the gate and were able to see just how positive an experience the new lodge lends itself in terms of comfort and efficiency. If Mother Nature can help with ‘snow delivery’ next season, we are 100% assured we can deliver the wonderful experience we pride ourselves on. I encourage you to follow our Website for updates and events during the off season. We have a handful of weddings booked, a reunion or two, annual general meetings, association dinners, etc… Please feel free to inquire into our venue rental options by calling 433-7668 or by E-mail at Thank you and have a great summer!

As Written for the Kings County Record

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