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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.

Wins Word

Low Energy, High Rewards

Even though I was born and spent my formative years in New York City, I was fortunate to be able to get into the wilderness a lot, and at an early age I gained a deep appreciation for the environment...

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Stoke Exchange

Liquidity Cushion

The rewards and challenges of Winter 2015-2016 continue to surprise us at Sugarbush. From being the only major resort in New England to open 100% of our terrain to a really late January Thaw yesterday, we've been riding a roller-coaster of fun and funk. On balance though, we've had a large majority of good days, with only short spells of tough turns.

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Wins Word

A Different Winter

This has certainly been a different winter than the past three.  Each El Niño year is different, and this year we have received only 80 inches of snow so far.  Our normal yearly total is around 260 inches.  While three years ago we had 100 inches in December, that is not the norm...

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Stoke Exchange

Free Style

From Stein Eriksen's old school backflips to today's rail and jump parks, freestyle skiing and riding have long been a part of Sugarbush's culture. We also embrace and celebrate a wide range of fun, with an ever-exciting mix of gate bashers, corduroy cruisers, mogul rippers, lip launchers, soul sliders, tree riders, cliff droppers, rock hoppers and newbies. Let your own style be the guide.

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Stoke Exchange

Sweet Spot

Since the beginning of 2016, Sugarbush has been deep in the sweet spot for snow accumulation. We just topped 6 feet for the season, with near constant flurries in the last two weeks, allowing us to open 100% of our trails as of yesterday.

Castlerock and North Lynx began spinning this week, with fresh powder lines welcoming skiers and riders to these storied areas. Mt. Ellen is in full swing too, with tasty turns on favorites like Black Diamond and Tumbler, plus an ever-growing Sugarbush Parks installation near Sunny D.  

With all the snow and cold temps, we're set to open the Slide Brook lift this weekend too. The woods have been filling in, but only the cleanest mellow routes are worth cautious exploration at this point. Forecasts call for a chance of snow almost every day next week, so even the vast Sugarbush off-piste could be in play soon.

 

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Stoke Exchange

High Art

Snow is the most magical form of precipitation. Nothing else comes in so many shapes and sizes or piles up into ever-changing sculpted forms throughout the season. Snow is both paint and canvas, coating the landscape, offering ephemeral drawing surfaces and reflecting light in myriad ways. We've been fortunate this season to receive some of the deepest natural accumulations in the East and our elevation has allowed better than average snowmaking opportunities. Sugarbush is currently riding the top of the charts, with the most terrain open in New England. 

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Sugarbush Living

Gadd Brook featured in The Rumble

Check out the latest aerial views from Gadd Brook Slopeside.

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Stoke Exchange

Accumulation Distribution

The changes in the last week and a half have been dramatic. While the turns were fun in December, the quantity of snow and terrain were less than we had hoped to enjoy. Starting just after Christmas, the hot temps dropped and snow began to fall in earnest. Valley locations are still thin, but the mountain multipliers have been in full effect, yielding over 20" of new snow at the summits and allowing for extended snowmaking. 

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What's New

Mountain Views - January

Just days before the New Year, we called in Murphy Moose to lead us in a record-breaking snow dance to break the December warm cycle. Boy did we ever. Thanks to that dance, and to all who participated, we received 20" of snow in the last week along with great snowmaking temps (just see what's coming).

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Wins Word

Promising Start to the Year

Happy New Year.  We are really looking forward to 2016.  While 2015 got off to a great start, the later part of the year was a disappointment.  The ski season began on Thanksgiving Day and while we were able to remain open for skiing every day, December disappointed.

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Stoke Exchange

Stein Line

The Sugarbush community is filled with legendary characters. Unfortunately, we lost two of them this week, Jack Lonsdale and Stein Eriksen.

Jack was a local hero, known to many as a bartender at various Valley institutions and always full of good cheer. We'll miss him and his smile.

Stein is famous worldwide as the father of freestyle skiing and one of the early and most recognizable promoters of the sport. We're grateful for the time he spent as director of the Sugarbush Ski School and proud to be part of his long legacy.

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Stoke Exchange

Kick Start

We've been waiting patiently for the temps and flakes to fall for real. Sure, we've had little hits of natural and few days of cold, but now that winter has officially begun, the pressure is quickly mounting. While the snowmakers have done some incredible work under tough circumstances this season, they have been idled for a few days. The base they put in place has yielded tasty runs this week, with warm temps creating soft forgiving bump lines.

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Stoke Exchange

Light Return

As the winter solstice approaches, we're looking forward to the possibility of real cold and lots of snow to finish out 2015. This weekend looks like we'll get a good taste of it, with summit temps in the single digits on Saturday night and chances for accumulating flakes all weekend, before a projected warm-up next week into Christmas Day. 

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Wins Word

Hope is Not a Method

I remember once listening to an Army General speaking about leadership, and the best quote I took away from him was “hope is not a method.”  With that in mind, we are all hoping that Mother Nature will finally send winter our way.

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Stoke Exchange

Micro-Climates

Mother Nature has been sparing with cold and snow so far, but even with challenges, the mountain looks and feels a lot different than even as close as parking lot elevation. If you're trying to judge based on what's in your yard, you're really off the mark. 

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Stoke Exchange

Orographic Lift

The Sugarbush snowmakers and groomers have been working wonders this fall, producing remarkable amounts of base and sweet conditions during relatively small windows of cold. The fact that we're top to bottom with great coverage on open terrain is a testament to their success.  

Mother Nature decided to help these hard workers this week and we have natural snow falling right now, with 3-6+" predicted at elevation. While the ground may be bare in your yard, our mountains help produce their own weather, yielding deeper accumulations based on a sweet mix of topography and weather.

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What's New

Mountain Views - December 2015

It's hard to recognize the importance of Black Friday or Cyber Monday. But today--Giving Tuesday--offers us an opportunity to redeem our commercial behavior and consider giving back to a deserving individual or organization.

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Wins Word

Giving Back

Both my father and Lili's were successful business leaders. But they were also very generous when it came to sharing with others. And their philanthropy has made a mark on us.

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