Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in the woods is a great way to experience the quiet, see signs of wildlife, and get exercise during winter. There are two ways to enjoy Sugarbush woods on snowshoes: either self-guided access to designated terrain or guided tours into Slide Brook Wildlife Management Area.

Due to the early arrival of Spring, all snowshoe tours are on hold until next season. 

Guided Outback Tours

Our Outback Guide leads your snowshoe adventure into Slide Brook Basin, home territory of black bear, moose, deer, coyote, bobcat, fisher, ermine, owl, turkey, & woodpecker. Tours through the basin are physically warming and mentally stimulating as natural features found in passing give clues to the lives of Slide Brook’s inhabitants. Though actual critter sightings are rare, trekkers will learn to interpret tracks, scarred trees, nipped branches, and to recognize the sounds in the forest.

  • 2.5-3 hrs
  • Meeting place: The Farmhouse (skier services building)
  • Under 18 yrs requires release signed by parent/guardian.
  • Snow boots required. Layered clothing and daypack recommended.
  • Conditions permitting.
  • Customized tours are available.
  • Ages 9+

Dates/Times: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM / Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Holiday Dates: December 26, 2015-January 3, 2016, January 16-18, 2016, and February 13-21, 2016.

Rates: Includes guide and one lift ride to the beginning of the Slide Brook Wilderness terrain.

Tour Package (with rentals): $58
Tour Only (no rentals): $48



Twilight Tours

Experience the mountain in a different light. Ride the last chair on the Gate House Quad and embark on your Twilight Snowshoe Adventure into the Gate House Trail, home territory of black bear, moose, deer, coyote, bobcat, fisher, ermine, owl, turkey, & woodpecker.

Snowshoeing is physically warming and mentally stimulating as natural features found in passing give clues to our Gate House Trail’s inhabitants. Though actual critter sightings are rare, our Outback Guide will teach trekkers how to interpret tracks, scarred trees, nipped branches, and to recognize the sounds in the forest. This is the perfect way to end the day with your family and transition into some great Apres’ at Timbers or the Castle Rock Pub.

  • Ages 9+
  • Under 18 yrs requires release signed by parent/guardian.
  • Please arrive by 3:30 PM
  • Tour begins at 3:45 PM
  • Duration: 1 - 1.5 Hours
  • Meet at the Ski & Ride School desk in The Farmhouse
  • Please arrive early if renting equipment
  • Snow boots required. Layered clothing and daypack recommended.
  • Conditions permitting.
  • Customized tours are available.

Dates/Times: 3:45 PM / Saturdays and Holidays starting December 18, 2015.
Holiday Dates: December 26, 2015-January 2, 2016, January 16-17, 2016, and February 13-20, 2016.

Rates: Includes guide and one lift ride up Gate House.

Tour Package (with rentals): $38
Tour Only (no rentals): $28



Photography Outback Tours

Experience and capture the beauty of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley with our guided photo tour through the Slide Brook Basin. Our photography workshops are centered on the incredible landscapes that we hike through at our mountain. Enjoy our favorite snowshoe trails equipped with a DSLR or an iPhone, while our experienced guides teach you the ins and outs of digital photography.

Small in student number, flexible in schedules, and diverse in topics, snowshoe photo tours can be tailored to fit your experience level.  You or your group will have over 3 decades of experience at your fingertips. Your photo snowshoe adventure is sure to be personalized, engaging and above all, fun.

  • Ages 18+
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Entry Level
  • Meet at the Ski & Ride School desk in The Farmhouse at 10:00 AM
  • Please arrive early if renting snowshoe equipment
  • Snow boots required. Layered clothing and daypack recommended.
  • Conditions permitting.
  • Equipment required: Any camera with manual settings, including smartphones.

Dates/Times: 10:00 AM / December 26, December 30. January 16. February 16, and February 19

Group tours of 4+ available by demand - advanced reservations required. Call 888-651-4827.

Rates: Includes photographer guide and one lift ride to the beginning of the Slide Brook Wilderness terrain..

Tour Package (with rentals): $75
Tour Only (no rentals): $65



Reservations can be made by phone at 888-651-4827 or email the Reservations Desk.

Sugarbush is a Snowshoe Rental Center, with snowshoe rentals available at The Farmhouse skier services building at Lincoln Peak and the Rental Shop in the Mount Ellen Base Lodge.


Self-guided Tours

Explore marked trails at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen.

Lincoln Peak: Gate House Snowshoe Trail, Warren House Trail, & Village Woods Trail
Mount Ellen: Lockwood Loop Trail, with a second trail under development

Sugarbush Self-Guided Snowshoe Trail Maps are also available at Guest Services, the Ski & Ride Schoolhouse, Lodging, and Rental Shops.

Dates/Times: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily (conditions permitting). Snow boots required. Layered clothing and daypack recommended.

Snowshoe Rental Rates: $25/pair per day at The Farmhouse skier services building at Lincoln Peak and the Rental Shop in the Mt. Ellen Base Lodge.