GroundHog Day: Will Punxsatawney Phil see his shadow?
Posted January 30, 2013
Old Man Winter fell asleep in his chair this past week, and while he was taking his nap the bear of spring snuck into Killington and brought unseasonable warm temperatures and rain. It’s terrible, first pick-a-nick baskets, now this? While spring is wonderful, it has a time and place, and that time is not January and place is not in Killington. But there’s a hero out there. The saving grace of winter is hiding in the dark hole in a tree stump, waiting for his chance to pounce.
Marmota monax is his scientific name, he’s more commonly known as a groundhog, and this particular rodent goes by the name Punxsatawney Phil. Saturday is Phil’s time to shine and while his way of warding off spring is not very conventional (he goes back to sleep), it does work. All Phil has to do is see his shadow and go back into hibernation for us to have an extra 6 weeks of skiing and snowboarding.
The stage is set for a battle royal between an unlikely rodent and continental weather patterns! Most of the people in the US are hoping for an early spring; those of us who love skiing and snowboarding are rooting for the underdog, the little guy, the David against the Goliath of Spring.
So this Saturday, grab a cup of coffee, put on your lucky Groundhog Day shirt and join all the other skiers and snowboarders in cheering on the little fur ball that could ward off spring for 6 more weeks!