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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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Delicate Flowers

For me, much of this summer has been centered around helping and watching our two daughters grow into big strong girls. These "delicate flowers" prefer their feet in the dirt and faces in the sunshine. Mom is a great role model and they have spent time at Sugarbush adventure camps learning new skills from the women coaches. Even at only 3 and 5 years old, they are tough and capable in ways that continue to amaze us. 

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Summer Song

Sets of wildflower waves break in the fields, tall grasses are going to seed and precocious foliage accents the hillsides. The golden glow of late summer's song is upon us.

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Mountain Views - Our Artistic Celebration

The Mad River Valley is a pretty eclectic area. It's likely part of the reason you call this place your home, your second home, or your favorite vacation spot. There's really no better time to witness the mix of working farmers, artists, and athletes than the month of August...

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August Company

August is good company for the soul, full of heavy garden harvests, fruitful foraging, prime summer adventures and the clear knowledge that September's changes are just around the corner. A few trees have even started changing, early heralds of autumn.

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The Arts of August

August is the month when the arts take over the Valley, with events to enjoy each and every day.  This year ‘s Skinner Barn production –Oklahoma--has been getting rave reviews.  And this Sunday, August 6th, we host Vermont Festival of the Arts’ “From the Ocean to the Mountains”,  an outdoor culinary celebration at Lincoln Peak that includes an afternoon scenic lift ride...

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Dog Daze

The middle of summer in the Mad River Valley means long sweet days of fun and sunshine. From late July through the beginning of September, we typically have a nice dry stretch with near perfect temps. This period is often referred to as the dog days, due to the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, in the night sky. 

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Mountain Fun

I have written about our mission of cultivating a spirit of lifelong adventure and camaraderie here at Sugarbush. This week, I saw an example of that involving members of our community far off in Southeast Asia.

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Independence

On July 4th each year we celebrate our nation’s independence.  This year, our Sugarbush parade theme was “Proudly Independent”.  As we see increasing consolidation in the ski industry, we are proud to be independently owned and operated by a few families who love the Mad River Valley...

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Mountain Views - Proudly Independent

When you stop and think about it, independence is a theme that makes a lot of sense not just for Sugarbush, but the Mad River Valley as well. With the changing ski industry landscape, as well as a more general changing landscape across the nation where chain stores and restaurants are gobbling up locally owned businesses, the idea of celebrating our independence is that much more important...

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Dream Time

Summer in the Mad River Valley can feel like an idyllic dream. The 4th of July was one of those days, with perfect temperatures, a bright blue sky, cottony white clouds and an overflow of giant green growth from June's rains. The gentle caresses of a warm breeze completed the enchantment. 

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Summer Session

Opening Day last weekend was fun and summer is almost fully in session. I say "almost", because it has been chilly and damp for a good portion of June. This is not unheard of, but thankfully, truly warm and drier weather looks likely as we get through the weekend. The upcoming 4th of July fun should be sunny too. 

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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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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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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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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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