There is nothing more exciting than the first snow of winter. We were delighted this morning to find a dusting of snow covering everything. It made for a tranquil ambiance at breakfast as the fire crackled in the dining room and the gardens were white & peaceful.
This is a wonderfully relaxing time of year as the events of summer wrap up and the winter holiday rush has not started yet. Curl up with a book in front of a fire, do some fall hiking, or get a head start on your holiday shopping.
The Independent Television Festival has highlighted some of Television’s finest independent artists since 2006. This year, the festival is moving from it’s Hollywood venue to our very own valley here in Vermont. The festival directors wanted a move to a location that would help promote the uniqueness and independent nature of the festival and it’s artists. Vermont’s small town charm and beauty was exactly what they were looking for.
In addition to the typical red carpet gala we can expect in a Television festival, the iTV Fest is designed to be an interactive experience. Various panels will be held during where festival goers can listen to and ask questions to their favorite producers, actors, and industry insiders.
Various displays from vendors, and artists, and live music and performance acts will also be held throughout the festival, making it an exciting event for the whole family.
The festival runs from September 26 -28. We are pleased to offer packages for the iTV Fest. Please click here for full pricing details.
Experience the beauty of the Mount Snow valley and the national forest in the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge. Participants in this unique event follow a series of clues to track down locations and checkpoints on the path to a final objective. Not only does this challenge take you to various beautiful locations, the winner will take home a cash prize and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
The challenge runs from May 1st till September 15th. It is not a “real time” race. The checkpoints are permanent so participants can complete the challenge at different times. It typically takes 1-2 days to complete. Come prepared for the outdoors with good shoes, sunblock and insect repellant as the challenge itself involves hiking, river crossings, and climbing towers. You’ll also need to solve puzzles and decipher clues as you move from checkpoint to checkpoint.
We are delighted to offer a package to the adventure challenge participants. The package includes event passes and accommodations for two people in one of our Traditional rooms at $399 +tax. As always, the package includes our signature cook to order Snow Goose breakfast in the mornings and wine & cheese in the evenings.
For more information on the GMAC please visit their website at: http://www.greenmountainvermont.com/events/green-mountain-adventure-challenge
After a wonderful event last year, Tough Mudder is coming to Mount Snow again in 2013 and we’re thrilled to welcome it back! It will take place in August this time, on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th. For more information please visit the Tough Mudder website at: http://toughmudder.com/
As always, your reservations should be made well in advance as rooms book up very early for the Tough Mudder weekends. We are already taking bookings for the event. You can view our availability here.
Winter has arrived in the Mount Snow Valley once again, and skiers are hitting the slopes. With their unsurpassed snow making capabilities, Mount Snow already has 20 trails open that span roughly 162 acres.
We still have some availability over the holiday season, so contact us today to plan your Christmas ski getaway!
You can stay up to date on the latest snow reports here: http://mountsnow.com/snow-report/; or subscribe to the Mount Snow mailing list to have updates emailed directly to you.
“Foliage” season, a favorite of many, means so many different things. Our international guests struggle for a translation, many guests want to know “when” exactly (exactly what day and time, like a switch is thrown), how long does it last, and where to go to get the best.
For three to four weeks each fall, our roads and restaurants and inns swell with “leaf peepers” from all over the world. These autumnal visitors are so appreciative of what mother nature offers each year, some displays more vibrant, some more reflective of the change of seasons to come.
The trees are now in full form, colors intensifying daily with each night cooler than the last. Our first frost this week will accelerate the transition to peak in the next week or so. Then, depending on rain and wind, the leaves will float down.
So, what is “foliage?” I think of it as an aura, an overspreading sentiment, a time to pause and appreciate. This season requires little from the observant other than visual.
On June 16, we hosted Mark and Michele’s wedding here at the Snow Goose Inn. Long time guests and friends, theirs was a perfect wedding for the Snow Goose. Small, intimate, and highly personal, their family and friends gathered for the weekend, with the ceremony performed by Cyndee, Vermont Justice of the Peace, by the stone wall garden.
After, they celebrated with dinner at Two Tannery Road.
Congratulations Mark and Michele!
One advantage of weddings at the Snow Goose, is that all participants can work together and carefully craft their perfect dream ceremony. The party starts Friday with after work arrivals, breakfast all together in the morning, ceremony later in the day Saturday, and then dinner. It can be out or catered here by Cyndee or any of our excellent local caterers.
Many guests have mentioned, that with dinner here, no one is driving, so no worries about travel late at night after toasting.
Hiking in Southern is easily accessible to all abilities. From the beginner level Valley Trail, adjacent to the inn to the Appalachian Trail, there is something for everyone here.
Three mountains are close by: Haystack, Mount Snow and Stratton. All are level 3 or more difficult. Haystack is 3,445 feet, Mount Snow is 3,600, and Stratton, the highest peak in Windham County is 3,940.
A trail head for the Long Trail, a branch of the Appalachian Trail is about 20 minutes from the inn. Even to hike just a little, Monday morning back at the office you can brag about hiking the Appalachian, the Granddaddy of Eastern Trails.
We can assist you in planning your hikes, be sure to bring appropriate, worn in hiking shoes and gear, water, insect repellent, sunscreen, just to name a few. While it is helpful to have a cell phone, just be aware that service here in Southern Vermont can be intermittent.
Two award winning golf courses are within minutes of the Snow Goose Inn: Mount Snow and Haystack Golf Courses. Nestled amid the Southern Green Mountains, both offer challenging terrain and unbelievable scenery. Each course offers rentals, lessons, and wonderful food and drink for sharing the tales of the day.
We can arrange for tee times and fees for you. Call us for details.
Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world, and Vermont’s Mount Snow event is the toughest of them all. The May Challenge is now history, competitors are readying for July. Congratulations to all on competing and completing this awesome human trial. Best of all is the money raised for the Wounder Warrior Project.
Good luck to all who are currently training for the July Tough Mudder at Mount Snow.