Whaleback ended with a BANG, despite a tough snow year. We scraped together what remaining snow we had and managed to host Lift Festival March 16 & 17, which was an unbelievable production for our little mountain. Two days of music and skiing/riding at the Whale! Friday was a bit of a dreary day, but festival goer's started rolling in Friday afternoon with their gear and hit the slopes as the music started. Lifts closed at 8PM and the music played until almost midnight. Saturday was a totally different story with blue skies and 60 degree temps in the afternoon people started riding around 1PM and kept going until the lift shut down at 8PM. Spring conditions with the back drop of mind numbing bass and blue bird skies is something to enjoy. My personal favorite acts were the McLovins and Lettuce, but to see the full line up of artists head to Liftfest.net and check out what you missed.
Whaleback also managed to clean up and set-up for our closing day Junk Show on Sunday, March 18th, the day after Lift Festival. The Junk Show is always a great event to thank our loyal season pass holders and friends of Whaleback for a great season. The day consists of pond skimming in front of the deck, the much anticipated cardboard sled race, and shovel race. Of course it also is about making the last turns of the season with the chairlift spinning. Which I personally enjoyed the most catching last chair and enjoying one final run down the Face on some spring bumps! I was too exhausted from Lift Festival to take photographs, but some folks definitely took some as well as some video and posted them on our Facebook Page.
But wait there is MORE. Motor Mayhem was next weekend and it was an event to remember and tradition in the making. We had motorized vehicles of every make at the mountain March 26th. The mayhem started with our first ever on snow motorcycle hill climb on Lower Spout, followed by a snowmobile hill climb on the Face, then a MEGA Truck hill climb on Humpback Canyon, and finally a freestyle snowmobile show right in front of the deck. Special thanks to Event Pro Entertainment, Treeline Sledstyle, and Vermonster 4x4 for making this event so awesome. It was a little rough on the hill, but it was worth it!