The Winter of 2007-2008 was a winter of Winters Past, meaning that after some weird winters the past few years, this was a normal winter. Snow came early around the 1st of December and our last ski was the 1st of May which was an all time first. We had no thaws or rains to mess things up and while we didn’t have a ton of snow, it was a super season thanks to cold temps. We always close the middle of March and after we closed the snow gods really let loose and we had almost more snow in April than we had all winter. The last week end in April we received a 20 inch dump and it was so deep and heavy that the local staff could not get in to work. Our chef Debbie had to come by snowmobile as we had a ladies retreat here and they all arrived on Friday early before the snow hit on Friday night and the rest of the week end was no travel in and out to Maplelag. But the snow started to melt rather fast at the end and Jay had the last ski on May 1, a new record at Maplelag. It was a good season and hopefully the coming one will continue in the same mode
We had two great winter staff members that were here on the J-1 visa program for students from other countries. They are allowed to come for up to four months and be part of the US work force. We had Pedro from Brasil and Daniel from Peru and both of these students did an outstanding job. Working mostly in the rental shop as well as keeping the sauna going, they were a great addition to the regular Maplelag staff. This coming 2008-2009 winter we have two students lined up to come from Brasil and there might be a third. Over the years now we have had close to 160 students come and work at Maplelag and it has been a fantastic experience for all concerned.