Winter at Sugarbush

Sugarbush’s terrain encompasses close to 600 skiable acres spread across 139 trails and wooded areas and two mountains – Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen.

At Lincoln Peak you’ll see a base area built in the Vermont vernacular of a charming 18th century village with farm houses, school houses, and the like. Don’t mistake the old charm for inconvenience though; these buildings boast all the modern amenities one could ask for at a ski resort: slopeside hotel with pool and hot tubs, restaurants, ski valet, both adult and child ski school facilities, rental and gear shops, and more.

Meanwhile, at Mt. Ellen, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time with a no frills base lodge that’s been around since it opened over fifty years ago. The old school New England base lodge beckons to our nostalgia for skiing before escalators, heated seats, and free wifi. The best part about the two vastly different mountains is that they’re connected via chairlift, as well as shuttle bus, and sandwich the Slide Brook Basin, with over 2000 acres of backcountry available.

Of course it isn’t just about the base areas. Both mountains feature modern styled groomers, as well as classic New England style bump runs including the Castlerock area at Lincoln Peak or Black Diamond and Lower F.I.S. at Mt. Ellen. In fact the Castlerock area is as old school as trail systems get – no snowmaking, basically no grooming except for the work road, and tough steeps littered with boulders, bumps, and roots. It’s Vermont skiing at its core.

But perhaps the most interesting part of Sugarbush is its location. The Mad River Valley is located almost dead center in Vermont, about an hour from Burlington, and it’s not your typical ski town. You won’t find any fast-food chains or stop lights in the entire Valley, but you will find numerous local artisans, restaurants, farmers, and shops. Though Sugarbush has both lodging and dining options, the resort encourages its guests to get out and discover the community. The saying goes that people come for the mountains and stay for the Valley.