If you are an avid skier or know the valley, many of the mountains closed down over the past few weeks for the season - mainly for switchovers to the summer and well, the snow is melting. But that does not stop a few mountains nearby from continuing operations and extending the ski season. Most notably, Wildcat Mountain remains 100% open at last report and Bretton Woods is operating with 30 trails open and plenty groomed snow. Here is a few spring skiing notes for you to consider
Thanks for reading. Our next report with these tid bits will probably be on the upcoming summer season.
Back in 1986, Billy Joel released "this is the time" from the album "The Bridge." It is a good album (by Billy Joel standards) with hits that included a "Matter of Trust" "Modern Woman" and "Baby Grand" (done with legendary Ray Charles). "This is the time" is my favorite from the album because it is a song that reminds us of the good times in our lives. As a high school student, it was the times out with friends. As a 20 something it was freedom for the first time. And today it is all about family.
In the song "this is the time" the main lyric of the song goes as follows
Yesterday for Easter, spending time with our kids and family were truly "times to remember." We snap our photos, take our video's and embrace the conversations amongst family. In between, there are the Easter egg hunts, hockey in the basement and building newly received Lego sets. And to start and end the day, there is a wonderful breakfast (all done without a working stove) and a great dinner...oh, a few chocolates along the way as well. All and all, a truly memorable day!
Often though, once the day is over, we move back to "life" and often the memories fade quicker than one even realizes. In the song, Joel touches on this "these are the days to hold onto but we won't although we'll want to." But should it be that way? Have you ever just sat down quietly and thought about your previous day's experience (especially if it is a good one) and think of the details? Yes, we take those aforementioned videos and pics but they don't tell the whole story or leave a warm feeling within.
My point is simple: holidays or vacations contain many moments that should not be forgotten but often are. Take a moment when the day is over to really absorb what happened on a given day. As I rode the commuter rail to work on Monday, I had that opportunity and are better off now for doing it realizing that in between slices of ham were experiences I will forever treasure.
Was today a "time to remember for you?"
Each tax season, ever since we purchased the "McCarty Seasons Condo," we take time to evaluate how the past year was from a financial standpoint, the positives and negatives of owning the unit and what the plan is for the upcoming summer (in this case 2015). This process is crucial to maintain a solid financial and operational strategy, a comfortable enviornment for our guests (and ourselves) and to keep everything running as efficiently as possible.
As part of this process, in evaluating the positives and negatives of the past year, we found one positive that stood out above all else - we have had some wonderful guests this past year! This is not to say that we lacked great guests in previous years of renting the unit but in 2014, our problems were minimal. Further the insights we have received back from our guests (utilizing our new three question survey) have been simply outstanding and we will be acting on them soon as we exit ski season and enter a "lull."
Aside from the feedback, we have also met some wonderful people and heard their interesting stories. That is one of the most rewarding parts of being a rental owner - being able to share what we have learned from our time staying in "the valley" with first time guests who have not seen the flying shoes or Santa's workshop. While it is not easy to run a rental business, these interactions with such wonderful families help in making the whole endevour worth the investment.
Our family has wonderful memories of staying at the condo and we hope our guests are able to have memories of their own that they will forever cherish.
We also selfishly hope that 2015 is just as great as 2014!
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