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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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Living Legends

Sugarbush is blessed with many legendary personalities, including some of the most revered people in ski/snowboard culture. One of our most famous is John Egan, star of 17 Warren Miller movies and rated by Powder magazine as one of the top 48 greatest skiers and most influential people in the last 35 years. This April, he and his brother Dan will be 420th inductees into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. We are celebrating this high honor with a party next Sunday, January 29th in the Castlerock Pub. 

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National Safety Month

January is National Safety Month for the ski industry, and I wanted to talk about the many ways you can participate in activities and find resources to have a safe and fun experience here at Sugarbush...

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Local Eyes

This winter has been remarkable for early snowfall on the mountain, but you don't have to go far to find a very different story. Below the base areas down to the valley floor, it has been both warmer and drier overall. Yesterday brought a dusting to the lowest elevations, meanwhile, it was a sneaky powder day up high. 

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Mountain Views - How Successful are your New Years Resolutions

What's the most common question you hear around the New Year? If it's not what's your resolution?, then we may be living in different worlds.

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An Early January Update

The weekend in between New Year’s and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend is traditionally fairly slow.  That proved to be the case, but we still had over 8,000 visitors who enjoyed some very nice conditions...

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Turn Over

We've been lucky with weather for most of the season, with only a few warm-ups and precipitation turnovers. At higher elevations, the warm-ups have been quite brief or non-existent compared to base area conditions. This has led to a stratification of a wide variety of snow types, while also helping consolidate it.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all!  The holiday week here at Sugarbush was really a lot of fun.  Conditions improved throughout the week and the number of skiers did, as well.  In fact, we experienced the third busiest day ever on the Friday after the snow storm...

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Mor'easter

After an amazing powdery start to the season, a predictable holiday thaw put a slight damper on conditions earlier this week. Based on forecasts though, the return to soft turns is imminent. Snow has not yet started at Sugarbush, but most of New England is under a Winter Storm Warning today.

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Holiday Roller Coaster

This time of year, the nicest holiday present is spending time with family.  Lili’s four daughters were home for Christmas. My four were with in-laws, but they will be joining us this week, along with our six grandchildren, for some adventure and camaraderie here at Sugarbush...

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Snowy Gifts

As we settle into the first full day of winter, it is snowing again and our early season accumulation record keeps growing, ~140 inches since mid-October, with another week to go in 2016. Sunday's setback was pretty short and barely touched the snowmaking base. The natural snow even hung on strong, especially at higher elevations, where trails like Paradise are still open. 

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Silver Linings

There is a silver lining in every cloud, so it is said.  Well, after hitting 131” of total snowfall for the season (a record) and having some of the best few days of skiing at both Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen that I can remember, Mother Nature reminded us what historically can occur in the month of December...

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Wild Life

The snow has been falling at near-record rates, with many surprise accumulations in the last month. Today was more of the same, setting us up for an epic Mt. Ellen opening tomorrow. Then we have our biggest snow forecast yet for Friday into Saturday.

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An Incredible Start

It appears that the hornets knew what they were doing last fall when they built their nests up high.  With 111” of snow since we started recording in late October, we are on track to possibly exceed the record total snowfall at Sugarbush prior to the end of the calendar year...

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Interest Rate

Since last week, we've been enjoying large deposits of fresh snow, just an inch shy of 3 feet at the summits. The forecast ramped up this morning and we're expecting more accumulation today, with a growing chance of a significant storm starting Monday. The interest rate of skiers and snowboarders is rising quickly, especially with pent-up demand and as news of the snowfalls have spread. 

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Mountain Views - Holiday Traditions

As we approach the holiday season here in the Mad River Valley, we are reminded that the true gifts of the holidays are not the actual gifts, but the time we spend with friends and family...

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The Holidays

Growing up, I was an only child with older parents. I always looked forward to the holiday season, knowing that Santa would come, leave a lot of presents, and I would not have siblings fighting with me over who got what...

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Opening Weekend, Operating Plans, and Snowmaking

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our opening days and first lift-accessed turns of the season.  I was very pleased with the quality of the snow on our four open trails at Lincoln Peak...

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Gravy Smooth

Rolling through the day to day hustle of our lives, we can forget how important our families, friends and communities are. Health and well-being can be taken for granted. Even this incredible place that we call home or get to visit can seem old hat, if you let it. But it's Thanksgiving, a perfect time to reflect on all our blessings.

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New Opening Day

Could there be a white Thanksgiving?  The odds are looking good at this point. The warm temperatures of the past several days are preventing us from opening this weekend, but we are optimistic about an opening at Lincoln Peak next Wednesday...

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