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Lush Flush

With good temps and nice mix of rain and sunshine, the Mad River Valley is exploding with a lush flush of spring growth. Sometimes, it feels like you blink and suddenly there is a new flower or plant that just bloomed right in front of you.

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Spring Roll

Whether it's a first round of golf, jump in the river, trail hike or bike ride of the season, there is something special about getting your spring rolling with fun warm weather adventures. Last week, we were still getting tastes of winter. Mt. Washington in NH even set a May storm record with 33" of new snow. 

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Mad May

Like October, May is a month that commonly brings weather surprises, as the overlapping seasons battle each other for prominence. This week brought snow all the way to the valley floor, with some accumulation on the mountain. 

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The Fourth Awakens

Spring in the Mad River Valley seems to take a long time to wake up, but then quickly hits hyperspace speed, racing from mono-chromatic April to the rainbow spectrum of May in the blink of an eye. We all remember the brilliant fall displays, but sometimes forget about the vibrant vernal promenade of multi-colored buds, flowers and catkins. The waves of leaves and fresh growth have begun to climb the hillsides, fleshing out the skeletal forests and dormant fields with their summer muscles. 

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Turnover Overture

We're winding down the wild winter of 2016-17 with our famous Ski and Tee Weekend on April 30th - May 1st, honoring the end of lift-served skiing and riding, and the beginning of golf. Our seasonal turnover is really an overlap, proving once again that the fun never stops at Sugarbush.

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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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