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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

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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Win's Word

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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Stoke Exchange

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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Stoke Exchange

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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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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