Beach Weather at Stowe Mountain Resort

This is me on Wednesday, March 21, 2011. It was in the high 70s to low 80s all day. I'd received an eMail from my son Jeff, who lives in Colorado, telling me that his ski season and ended and he was now focusing on mountain biking. He even included a photo. So, I asked my friend, T. Lane, to snap a photo of me, with my iPhone, outside our patrol station, which I sent right back to Colorado. Just about every patroller skied all day in a T-shirt!

Charlie Aronovici at Stowe Mountain Resort 3-21-2012

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

The Chartis 2012 Winter Summit, benefiting Disabled Sports USA’s (DS/USA) Warfighter Sports Program is underway at Stowe Mountain Resort, having started on Tuesday, and ending tomorrow Yesterday, some of my fellow patrollers and I rotated through short shifts at the top of the race course, keeping a patrol and EMT presence on the hill, from start to finish.

Here are 3 photos I shot with my iPhone shortly before the race began.

While on the slopes, event attendees were able to participate in practice runs with celebrity ski host and Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe. ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff is serving as the event’s keynote speaker.

In its 24th year, the Winter Summit is a business-building event attended by a number of participants across the insurance industry. The event combines Chartis-led panel sessions with ski and snowboarding races, forming a fundraising platform on behalf of DS/USA whose Warfighter Sports Program offers sports rehabilitation for those wounded in combat.  Mr. Woodruff’s remarks on the closing evening of the Winter Summit will address efforts to assist injured service members, veterans and their families -- including those involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars – along with related issues. Read the complete press release here.

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

Chartis 2012 Winter Summit at Stowe Mountain Resort Benefits Disable Sports USA Warfighter Sports Program

The January "Collection" of my Photos of the Day

All of these photos were shot with my iPhone 4 January 11, 2012 | 7:26 a.m. | Starting my ski-patrol day -- I've got the best commute!

Alpenglow behind the Inn at the Mountain, Stowe Mountain Resort

January 11, 2012 | 1:20 p.m.

Mt. Mansfield

January 18, 2012 | 4:21 p.m.

Spruce Peak after Sweep at Stowe Mountain Resort

January 18, 2012 | 4:23 p.m.

Spruce Peak after Sweep at Stowe Mountaint Resort

January 18, 2012 | 4:27 p.m.

Mt. Mansfield after Sweep

January 18, 2012 | 4:30 p.m.

Mt. Mansfield after Sweep

January 25, 2012 | 8:17 a.m.

Mt. Mansfield Panorama

Photo of the Day at Stowe Mountain Resort

Today, December 14th, I began my 9th season at a ski patroller at Stowe Mountain Resort. Once on the hill with my fellow patrollers, it felt as natural as an uninterrupted continuation from my last day, last season. Here's a panoramic photo I stitched together from 2 photos I took this afternoon:

Stowe Mountain Resort on 12/14/2011

The 2011 HGTV Stowe Dream Home

The 2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort
The 2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort

Fran and I toured the Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort this afternoon. It was designed by architect Paul Robert Rouselle, and built by Brendan O'Reilly, owner of Stowe's Gristmill Builders. The tour price-of-admission benefits Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy.

With the winner's identity having been leaked earlier this week, it felt a bit wierd knowing in whose home we were together with a bunch of strangers, without the new owner who doesn't know any of us. I'm sure you've seen the home on HGTV and an abundance of photos taken by the more than 2,000 visitors who've already toured it.

2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe, Vermont - Mudroom Cubbies
2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe, Vermont - Mudroom Cubbies
2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe, VT - Living Room to Mt. Mansfield
2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe, VT - Living Room to Mt. Mansfield
2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort - Mt. Mansfield View
2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort - Mt. Mansfield View
2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort - Kitchen Island
2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort - Kitchen Island

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Panoramic Photos with Autostitch

Here are 3 iPhone (horizontal) photos I took at the Mountain, from the top of West Run, last week. I took the middle shot first -- you can see how it doesn't convey the reality of Mt. Mansfield's presence. So I shifted left for another shot; then, I shifted right for one more.

Left                                           Middle                                             Right

Then, I used the iPhone App, Autostitch, to create a panoramic photo. From my iPhone's Camera Roll, I selected the 3 photos above, and pressed "Stitch." In seconds, it produced this panoramic photo:

A Panoramic Photo from the top of West Run at Stowe Mountain Resort
Autostitch has a built-in crop function that automatically selects the largest possible complete crop. You can select your own crop points manually, too. I used the auto crop, which produced this version:
An Autostitched Panoramic Photo from the top of West Run at Stowe Mountain Resort
Autostitch is unbelievable fast, amazingly accurate, and easy to use. It's only $2.99 at the iPhone App Store. Get it.
Learn more here.

Meet Gary Gendimenico

Gary is the Lift Operations Manager at Stowe Mountain Resort. I took this photo, at 7:59 a.m., while I was waiting to ride 'line check' on the Easy Street lift. Gary was just about give the top operator a ride on his snow machine, to the lift terminal at the top of Easy Street.

Gary Gendimenico 1-27-2011

Mt. Mansfield from Spruce Base - 1-27-2011

Photos of the Day - March 25

Season 7: Last day -- and what a beauty it was. We had lunch on "the beach" at our patrol station: hamburgers and hot dogs on our charcoal grill. With that wonderful grilling aroma wafting between our station and the top of the Sensation lift, we were the envy of our guests!

My last day just before 1st line check

Spruce Camp at Stowe Mountain Resort

Butternut Mountain Farm, March 20

Lucy and Dave Marvin finally built the addition they'd been wanting to at their certified organic and kosher Butternut Mountain Farm Sugar House in Johnson, VT. To celebrate, they invited their friends to join them for a ham and baked beans and "Sugar on Snow" feast around 5:00 p.m. And, every guest received a quart mason jar of just-produced syrup. We had the best time -- we learned more about sap running and sugar making than we imagined!

1 Vial of Maple Syrup for every Sugaring day - from 1st to last - at Butternut Mountain Farm

Be sure to visit the Marvin's Country Store on Main Street in Johnson, VT, right next to the Johnson Woolen Mill. Open 7 days a week, year round - except for the usual holidays.

Wow: you can buy Butternut Mountain Farm maple syrup at Amazon and  Williams-Sonoma, too!