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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.

Stoke Exchange

Growth Curve

Spring may be fully blossomed in other parts of New England, but we're just hitting the start of the growth curve in the Green Mountains. The vernal reveal is rolling up from the valley floor, as winter colors fade into the background. 

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Wins Word

Thank You for Your Support

After our challenging winter we are pleased and thankful that so many purchased season passes for next winter ahead of the May 4th deadline. It was our second highest amount ever and the cash received allows us to perform the necessary summer maintenance to make sure we are ready for a snowy 2016/2017 winter...

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Stoke Exchange

May Play

With gratitude due, we would like to thank our community of friends, guests, employees and volunteers for a great 2015-2016 season. Alright, maybe the winter wasn't so great, but you all are pretty awesome. Despite snowfall totals that were only 60% of average, we still managed to pull off another November to May ski and ride season. The mountains also saw fresh snow nearly every week, it was just often quickly followed by liquid precipitation. Our snow farmers saved the season, using a recently upgraded system to more efficiently harvest better snow in even marginal conditions. The groomers played a vital role too, transforming rain-soaked refreeze into edge-able corduroy on a regular basis and keeping trails together when Mother Nature routinely threatened to tear them apart.

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Stoke Exchange

April Showers

May bring flowers or fresh turns ... If you missed the footage from this week, we got another round of snow showers and the mountains are white again, even as they are starting to show their spring colors.

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Wins Word

One Final Weekend

A  fresh 3 inches of snow fell Tuesday morning whitening up the mountain.  We will be reopening this Saturday and Sunday for a final weekend of skiing and riding and forecast now is calling for sunny days in the 50’s...

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Wins Word

Springtime Continues

Last weekend was an awesome two days of spring skiing, and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves in mid-April.  57 people signed up for the first annual Stein’s Challenge and the winner, Brooks Curran, skied 25 laps in four hours...

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Stoke Exchange

Smoulder Season

With lots of warm sunshine, the treed hillsides of the Mad River Valley are starting to bud out in smouldering spring shades of red, yellow, white and green. Vernal colors are not quite as fiery as fall's display, but they have their own charms. Even though we love winter the most, seasonal changes are still exciting.

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Wins Word

Early March in April

Last weekend was reminiscent of early March.  The prior 72 hours, we received 7” of fresh snow at the summit and a few less down low.  Friday night we groomed Upper Organgrinder and Ripcord, and almost all other open trails, with the exception of Stein’s and Murphy’s...

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Stoke Exchange

Fun Flow

The flow of fun has been consistently intermittent this season, with nearly equal parts rain and righteousness. Granted, Mother Nature has set the bar low for what constitutes awesome, but the challenges just make each soft turn and sunny day all that more precious. 

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Wins Word

Volatility

Volatility was a word I used a lot in my former life at Merrill Lynch, but this winter it has crept back into my lexicon.  Midweek we were experiencing some fantastic skiing top-to-bottom at Lincoln Peak.  The trails were covered edge-to-edge, and with the snowfall early in the week we were even able to reopen natural snow trails like Paradise and Spillsville...

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Stoke Exchange

Blend of the Season

The minute-to-minute weather fluctuations we're experiencing this season have only gotten more intense. Yesterday morning, I skied a cold powder run on Bravo and Cliffs at Mt. Ellen, which is available for uphill access now that the lifts have finished turning. By the afternoon, most of the mountain transitioned to spring snow and people were rocking t-shirts and shorts at Lincoln Peak.

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Wins Word

Only Two More Inches!

Think two inches! Only two more inches!  The lowest annual snowfall that we have recorded here at Sugarbush was 138” or 11.5 feet of snow during the winter of 1979-1980.   Currently, we are at 137”...

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Stoke Exchange

Coverage Ratio

Despite the arrival of spring, Sugarbush has continued to get little blasts of winter this week, with several more inches to keep things nice and fresh. This morning was extra silky, as the groomers finished rolling before snow started to fall in the early AM. 

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Wins Word

Still Weeks to Go

Sunday marked my 90th day on skis this winter, and as I skied around the mountain on that bluebird day, it was very apparent that we have weeks to go before the season ends...

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Stoke Exchange

Vernal Variety

With the weather whips we've been experiencing this winter, it should not be surprising to see snow and cold temps to welcome the start of spring this Saturday. We're tracking a potential storm for Sunday and Monday too, perhaps our first nor'easter this season. 

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Wins Word

A Little Bit of Everything

You never know what March will be like.  Sometimes is comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb here at Sugarbush, and sometimes the opposite is true.  But in between we can see just about everything, and that looks to be the case this year...

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Wins Word

Epic Spring Days

Last weekend was an epic spring day at Sugarbush. Bluebird days and warmer temperatures gave us some terrific skiing, and our Island Weekend party offered some great après ski activity in the Lincoln Peak Plaza.

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Stoke Exchange

Spring Shine

We've been enjoying another week of fun runs at Sugarbush, despite continuing weather challenges. Last weekend, the mountain was nearly 100% open and even up until this Tuesday, we were chasing fresh turns in the north-facing woods and hiking to Castlerock for smooth Rumble rides.

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