Happy New Years from the SASS Crew! With what looked like a huge storm brewing for the weekend, Lucas and I packed up the Subaru, and headed North to Vermont.Our first stop was Mad River Glen where we hooked up with Eric Freidman, the marketing director. We talked about the season so far and the upcoming events Mad River had going on. He told us to meet up with Ry Young and his crew of junior rippers on the MRG Freeride Team. Ry is a past SASS client, and was stoked to show us the goods. Here, one of the team members gets DEEP:

Sunday, Lucas and I awoke feeling a bit under the weather. Our friend and past SASS traveler, Joe, drove up to hang out the night before and we decided to take the day to drive north through white out conditions. When it's snowing, it's best to make it a Jay Day. Lucas called and booked a room at our old haunt, The Snowshoe Lodge and we arrived to a warm welcome from the owner, even though they "weren't really open today". We grabbed some dinner and went to bed with the snow still falling, knowing that the next day would be epic.
Montgomery, VTAnd as usual, it was epic. We met with Brian Keet, Jay's Event Coordinator to talk about working on some events with Jay in the future. He gave us the inside scoop on where to ski for the day, and we thanked him, and headed out onto the hill with snow still falling. Wind had blown tons of snow into the trees and face shots were had by all. Epic, epic, epic.
How epic was it? So much so that I totally slacked on doing the photography thing and skied pow with Lucas and Joe until I was ready to pass out. The above photo is the only one I snapped all day, and it was over my shoulder, behind me as I tried to recover in The Tower Bar, one of the new facilities in the Tram Haus Lodge. Jay did an awesome job with this hotel, and I recommend staying there if you are thinking about hitting up Jay this season. The ski and stay package prices are too good to not take advantage of. It's pretty close to getting the hotel room for free!Big thanks to both Mad River Glen (http://www.madriverglen.com) and Jay Peak (http://www.jaypeakresort.com) for taking care of our long overdue east coast pow needs, and the Snowshoe Lodge & Pub (http://www.snowshoelodgeandpubvt.com) for putting us up on such short term notice.And don't fret if you didn't catch us on the hill this weekend. We have some great events coming up that you should all check out. This Saturday evening is the first of The Darkside Series at Cranmore. We'll have the tent set up and possibly the grill as well cooking up some snacks for all the riders. Registration is 2-4 with the event kicking off at 5. http://www.cranmore.com for more info.Also this weekend is the first of the Main Event Series contests at Crotched Mountain. The Crotched park staff is going out of their way to make one of the sickest Main Event set ups ever seen. The tent is going up and we will be on hand all day to raffle off some sick Dakine gear. Make sure to stop by and say hi! http://www.maineventseries.com for more info on this one.That's all for now. We are still booking trips like crazy! If you want to get in on Argentina in 2010, shoot me an email at Jack@sasnow.com or give the office a buzz at 203-458-1632. Peace, Love, and Snow in 2010,-Jack