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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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Spin Zone

The wait is over! Sugarbush summer adventure kicks into full swing this weekend with a variety of base area and on-mountain fun, including my personal favorite, biking. 

If you love the feel of floating down the mountain in the winter, you owe it to yourself to rent a downhill bike, helmet and pads, take a lesson and re-capture that feeling in the summer. Gravity never sleeps.

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Rolling Stones

Our long planned weekend highlighting many of the sweet Mad River Valley bike trails is finally here! The Vermont Mountain Bike Festival starts tomorrow, Friday, July 22nd, and we're excited to host the fest site at Mt. Ellen. Check out some fun video from FOX 44-Burlington about the festival.

The Mad River RidersVMBA, Sugarbush, Darn ToughLong Trail and an enormous legion of sponsors, volunteers, supporters, partners, friends, vendors, and participants have come together to throw one of the best bike parties anywhere. With guided rides and clinics for all abilities, there will be everything from brand newbies learning the ropes on Tootsie Roll at Blueberry Lake to lift-served downhill sessions at Lincoln Peak with pro rider Sasha Yakovleff. 

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Summer Dance

Heralded by the gentle rhythm of leaves rustling in the breeze, accented by insect staccatos and driven by melodic woodwind tones of birdsong, summer's sweetest swing is upon us in the Mad River Valley. From a slow dance of floating down the river to the non-stop action of a singletrack samba, we're trying to enjoy every step, shimmy and slide. These long days feel like they never end, but they are already getting shorter.

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River Run

After an awesome 4th of July holiday last weekend, the Mad River Valley summer event season is in full flow now, with some of our favorite fun right around the corner. The Mad Marathon runs through this weekend, pulling in athletes from all over the world to enjoy a challenging course with some of the best views anywhere. 

Before we look ahead too far though, many thanks to everyone that visited for the Independence Day celebrations. Between the gorgeous weather, Bernie returning to the parade, the creative floats, including one that went up flames, and a convening of our excellent extended community, 4th of July 2016 was definitely one of the best ever.   

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"State of Independents"

The Warren parade has been described in many ways: eclectic, atypical, political, eccentric, and creative, to name a few.  But I have always considered it a fun couple of hours followed by a day of great activities that culminate with fireworks up at Sugarbush...

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The 4th Awakens

One of the highest highlights of Mad River Valley annual events is upon us, the 4th of July Celebration. Starting with the famous parade in Warren and spreading out across the Valley in the afternoon, it is a day of relishing our freedoms and community. If you've only visited us in the winter, there are whole swaths of summer sweetness that you've been missing and this weekend features a big tasty bite of it. Mountain adventures are rolling, the golf course is beautiful, and the river, brooks, ponds and Blueberry Lake are clean, clear and cool still. 

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Making Learning Fun

As many of you know, we are very fortunate to have Roger King as our new PGA professional here at Sugarbush. Roger joined us with an excellent reputation after serving as Head Pro at the Barre Country Club for many years. I am a bogey golfer, whose handicap was once trending to single digits, but some bad habits crept into my game, and it was time for a tune up...

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Summer's Arrival

Summer arrived with a beautiful full Strawberry Moon as some evening thunderstorms welcomed the Solstice and cooled us down.  This week looks almost picture perfect as we gear up for the opening of out summer activities on the mountain...

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Beery Bush

Vermont has long had a strong reputation in the beer world, but in the last five years or so, we've become a world-renowned fermentation destination. Sugarbush is smack dab in the middle of the hottest of hot spots within the state and several award-winning breweries are within a short drive, including our hometown hop hero, Lawson's Finest Liquids. We've fully embraced this movement, and I stand by the claim that Castlerock Pub has the best brew selection of any ski area bar in this hemisphere.

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Mixed Feelings

I have mixed feelings about the month of June. As it begins, Vermont turns a lush green, the final snow patches on the mountain are usually gone or fading fast, and it is light until 9 PM. Summer is fast approaching. But ironically, when summer does arrive, the days get shorter. That never seemed right to me...

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June Boon

May is usually a back and forth weather month, one day it's snowing, the next it's 80 degrees. June tends to be more focused and intent, comforting in its consistency. The final patch of snow on Spring Fling should be gone soon, the golf course couldn't be greener than it is right now, we're excitedly counting down the days to the BrewGrass fest next weekend and summer mountain activities are opening in a few weeks. Get your MTB Quad Packs now!

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Thank You Veterans

Thanks to all who have served and are serving in our armed services. You have kept us safe throughout the years and your sacrifices are greatly appreciated. Let's all remember our veterans on this Memorial Day.

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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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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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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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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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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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