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Spring Segue

Spring is fully in control at Sugarbush and the meltdown in the last 2 weeks has been steady. We went from 100% open, 72 trails and 6 lifts at Lincoln Peak with maximum seasonal snowpack on April 8th to 20 trails and 2 lifts today.

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Great Late

Well, it doesn't feel like the end, but this is the final weekend of Mt. Ellen lift-service and we're only about a month away from Lincoln Peak's last day. That said, we're tracking a nice snow storm that is supposed to start tomorrow late morning and bring 8-12" through Saturday. With the weather trends this winter, we're hoping for a bit more than predicted too. 

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Snow Daze

Wow, what a week it has been. We're still basking in Stella's snowy glow and had a nice refresher storm yesterday too. Winter 2016-2017 continues to deliver at Sugarbush. 

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Take Three

So far, we've had two amazing stretches of winter weather this season and two interludes with warmer conditions. We seem to have returned to cold temps again and it is snowing too. Third time's the charm?   

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March On

While Mother Nature has been playing games with us recently and she looks like she has another round in store for next week, it is cold and snowing again today. March is one of our favorite months, usually filled with powdery promises and after February's super-soft opening, our taste for terrific turns has been totally tantalized.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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