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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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Weather Rides in New England

Another roller coaster ride is in store.  The snow today is softening up, and some light showers are coming in by early afternoon and continuing into the evening.

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Stoke Exchange

Peaks and Valleys

In the last week, we've gone from deep powder to an early taste of late season turns. This type of cycle is pretty common and we can safely expect more rounds of snow between now and the end of April. Besides, the dry snow changeover to a sampling of soft warm skiing and riding has been very sweet too.  

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Snowy Sequence

Winter 2016-2017 continues to deliver advancing accumulations, already matching our historic season-long average. That's right, everything from here on is just icing on the cake, pun intended.  

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Hornets Right Again

The hornets have really called it correctly again.  After Monday’s Nor’easter, the 251” of snow we have received at the summits this season now exceeds our annual average snowfall of the past 50 years...

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Stoke Exchange

White Out

Snow is the most miraculous type of precipitation, infinitely complex in structure, beautiful as a landscape layer and way more fun than rain or ice. Skiers and snowboarders have a strong appreciation for snow, but even we can be surprised by its variety and quality. 

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Stoke Exchange

Sneak Peak

Mother Nature has been successfully sneaking snow to Sugarbush for the last few weeks, yielding peak mid-winter conditions on a daily basis. Today fit right into the pattern, with an inch or so overnight, then a quick 2" fell between 6 AM and 10 AM. That's on top of the snow yesterday, the day before and everything that fell over the weekend.  

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Win's Word

The Snow Arrives

It never seems to fail. Whenever we leave the Valley, the snow arrives. I traveled to Colorado last week for a National Ski Areas Association Board meeting, and then spent a few days skiing with Lili at Breckenridge. We missed the great powder Sugarbush had been receiving, but did enjoy some bluebird days. However, I watched with envy the social media posts over the weekend...

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A Weekend of Celebration

This week, one of Sugarbush's great legends celebrates his 90th birthday, and another is feted on Sunday for his induction into the Ski and Ride Hall of Fame.

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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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What's New

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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