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There are a lot of interesting people at Sugarbush, and the good news is most of them have something to say. Check out our latest blog posts including Win's Word, written by our President Win Smith, Stoke Exchange, Sugarbush Living, and more.

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Win's Word

Finishing My Ski Season

When my grandson, Jack, turned thirteen, I offered to take him on a ski vacation.  His mother did not want him missing school, so we waited to go until school ended last weekend. Jack’s father and uncle, both avid skiers, were able to join us...

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Food For Thought

Change: An Absolute

Change is good, change is bad, change is easy, or change is hard: we've all muttered some variation of this mantra depending on our point of view on the topic.

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Stoke Exchange

Fire Wheel

Happy summer! Today is the first full day of our greenest season and we're getting ready to celebrate with Opening Day on Saturday. The solstice has a long tradition of celebrations, including a 13th century English one that melded fire and rolling wheels to symbolize the sun's journey through the sky. As you might imagine, we would probably fit right in with those old revelers. We like fire and wheels too. 

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Win's Word

Camaraderie Remains

Last weekend, Lili and I attended my 50th reunion at Deerfield Academy where I spent my four high school years.

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Stoke Exchange

Green Solace

As you might have noticed, we've been sogging through a bit of a wet stretch. One good thing about this pattern is that when the sun does come out, it feels like a special occasion and we truly appreciate these bright breaks.

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Win's Word

A Green Mountain Marriage

Weddings at Sugarbush are special.  Lili and I know firsthand, as we were married here at Sugarbush in August 2011. . . 

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Stoke Exchange

Trail Tale

The Mad River Valley loves trails. From the high summits of winter, favorites like Rumble, Liftline, both Paradises, Chute, even mellow ones like Antelope and Jester weave their way into our hearts and souls. Summer's routes roll through intricate forests full of life, blending stone and dirt into much more than a simple way to get from one place to another. Trails have the power to connect us to ourselves.

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Win's Word

A Day of Remembrance and Change

While many consider Memorial Day to be the beginning of summer, it is important to remember what it really is.  Reflecting upon this-- remembering those who have served our nation and have allowed us to enjoy what we do today-- is important to do each year.

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Stoke Exchange

Lush Flush

With good temps and nice mix of rain and sunshine, the Mad River Valley is exploding with a lush flush of spring growth. Sometimes, it feels like you blink and suddenly there is a new flower or plant that just bloomed right in front of you.

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Stoke Exchange

Spring Roll

Whether it's a first round of golf, jump in the river, trail hike or bike ride of the season, there is something special about getting your spring rolling with fun warm weather adventures. Last week, we were still getting tastes of winter. Mt. Washington in NH even set a May storm record with 33" of new snow. 

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Win's Word

Green Up Day

Each year, Vermont has Green Up Day, where our fellow citizens walk throughout the state, cleaning up trash that was accumulated over the winter months...

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Stoke Exchange

Mad May

Like October, May is a month that commonly brings weather surprises, as the overlapping seasons battle each other for prominence. This week brought snow all the way to the valley floor, with some accumulation on the mountain. 

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Stoke Exchange

The Fourth Awakens

Spring in the Mad River Valley seems to take a long time to wake up, but then quickly hits hyperspace speed, racing from mono-chromatic April to the rainbow spectrum of May in the blink of an eye. We all remember the brilliant fall displays, but sometimes forget about the vibrant vernal promenade of multi-colored buds, flowers and catkins. The waves of leaves and fresh growth have begun to climb the hillsides, fleshing out the skeletal forests and dormant fields with their summer muscles. 

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Win's Word

Continued Adventures

I mentioned that one of our veteran lift mechanics, Ken Stridsberg, told me that the hornets were building their nests high again, and that we would be in for a snowy winter.

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Mountain Views - Adventures Ahead

A snowy winter it was, indeed! 363 inches is serious snowfall, despite the seemingly constant rollercoaster of freeze-thaw cycles. The snowfall, which helped us stay open for 154 days this season, contributed to some of the deepest powder runs in years.

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Stoke Exchange

Turnover Overture

We're winding down the wild winter of 2016-17 with our famous Ski and Tee Weekend on April 30th - May 1st, honoring the end of lift-served skiing and riding, and the beginning of golf. Our seasonal turnover is really an overlap, proving once again that the fun never stops at Sugarbush.

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Reopening Next Weekend

Sunday marked the 151st consecutive day of skiing here at Sugarbush since last fall’s Thanksgiving Opening Day.  It will not be the last, however, as we plan to reopen this Saturday for three final days...

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Spring Segue

Spring is fully in control at Sugarbush and the meltdown in the last 2 weeks has been steady. We went from 100% open, 72 trails and 6 lifts at Lincoln Peak with maximum seasonal snowpack on April 8th to 20 trails and 2 lifts today.

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