Growing up I was an only child with older parents, so 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...READ MORE. . .
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.
Mountain Views - Holiday Traditions
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...READ MORE. . .
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...READ MORE. . .
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.READ MORE. . .
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...READ MORE. . .
On The Edge
With warm weather this week, including a couple of 50-60 degree days tomorrow and Saturday, we're pushing back opening day to next Wednesday, November 23rd. A few days delay is no big deal and many awesome seasons have started a bit later than planned.READ MORE. . .
Today is Veteran’s Day and a time to remember and thank all of those who have served and are serving our great country. Rather than speak about the winter season this week, I would like to share a story and ask everyone to hug a veteran today...READ MORE. . .
Mountain Views - What I'm Looking Forward To This Season
As much as I love skiing, I have a hard time getting excited for the season until I get concrete evidence that winter is coming. The 20" of snow over the last week or so that's dropped on Sugarbush is exactly the type of thing I need...READ MORE. . .
After the initial excitement of our first round of snow mellowed, we're now focused intently on making sure we harvest enough machine-made base to open in about 2 weeks. The temps are starting to drop again and the summits should be in the low 20's and high teens tomorrow, which means we are planning to fire up some guns on Heaven's Gate in the morning.READ MORE. . .
First snows always get us stoked for winter. After a warm spell and fabulous foliage, the snows arrived here at Sugarbush from the base area up to the summit. Our new snow stake up at Heaven’s Gate measured around 6” last Sunday morning, but reports from others skinning around the Valley had that total closer to 12”...READ MORE. . .
If you haven't heard yet, it's been snowing in the Mad River Valley this week. We don't want to reminisce too much about last year, but for reference, there is more natural snow on the ground now than for much of Winter 2015-2016. Another good shot of precipitation is expected tonight, which may be all snow at higher elevations, before a slow warm-up into next week.READ MORE. . .
The celebrations of life and fundraisers for our 5 lost friends continue in the Mad River Valley. The strength of the families is inspiring, often it has felt like they are comforting the rest of us. "Sadness is easy, everybody knows we are sad. The real challenge is to smile and honor their lives with joy and gratitude." We are doing our best and there is a long road still ahead.READ MORE. . .
Between seeing many of our extended family and friends, enjoying the incredible scenery and harvest flavors, and grabbing some great gravity, Community Weekend was a special time. As news of Saturday night's tragedy began to filter in on Sunday morning, the celebration took on a somber tone. The high fives and smiles were replaced by tears and hugs, proving again that the MRV community can be amazingly supportive in both good times and bad.READ MORE. . .
Mad River Valley Strong
It is the cruelest of ironies, that over this past Community Weekend—a time when many of us come together to celebrate our community and begin preparation for the winter—five members of our community were taken from us...READ MORE. . .
It is looking like a great Columbus Day weekend, and we might just hit peak foliage. The entire Sugarbush team is looking forward to seeing many of you at the mountain for our weekend activities...READ MORE. . .
New and Old
Summer has ended and Fall begins. Foliage seems a bit delayed this year, but the slopes above Sugarbush are showing some nice colors now, and I suspect we will be hitting peak as we usually do around ColumbusDay weekend...READ MORE. . .
The waves of fall color are cresting over the ridges and spilling down into the valley, almost so quickly that you can watch the flow happening. Cooler autumn air has scrubbed out the summer haze and every vista is crisp. The forest floor is starting to turn gold and red too, yielding sweet scenes from ground to sky.READ MORE. . .