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Aug-tober

While the leaves won't peak for a few more weeks, the current mix of late summer weather and advance fall foliage is a pinnacle all its own. Meandering through the Mad River Valley right now is a treat for the senses, complete with vivid visuals, creaking crickets, autumnal aromas and full flavors. 

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Summer's Ghosts

The spiritual end of summer is Labor Day, but the ghosts of warm weather, wildflowers and garden harvests are still sneaking around. The rivers, ponds and lakes haven't even gotten super cold yet. Well, they aren't any colder than they normally are. Some of the shady tributaries still feel like snowmelt in the middle of August. 

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Tipping Point

Based on the amount of early foliage we have already and a steady supply of chilly mornings, summer seems to be quickly turning towards autumn in the mountains. We've got frost warnings for tonight and the summits may see their first rime coating since April. 

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Show Time

With lots of sunshine, pleasant humidity and prime conditions, our summer show is culminating right now. Soon, we will only have a quick September encore before fall returns to the stage. 

Aside from all the current fun, we are also hard at work prepping for the winter run. For all the latest updates on lifts and the new RFID gates, click over to What's New in 2017.

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Delicate Flowers

For me, much of this summer has been centered around helping and watching our two daughters grow into big strong girls. These "delicate flowers" prefer their feet in the dirt and faces in the sunshine. Mom is a great role model and they have spent time at Sugarbush adventure camps learning new skills from the women coaches. Even at only 3 and 5 years old, they are tough and capable in ways that continue to amaze us. 

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Summer Song

Sets of wildflower waves break in the fields, tall grasses are going to seed and precocious foliage accents the hillsides. The golden glow of late summer's song is upon us.

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August Company

August is good company for the soul, full of heavy garden harvests, fruitful foraging, prime summer adventures and the clear knowledge that September's changes are just around the corner. A few trees have even started changing, early heralds of autumn.

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Dog Daze

The middle of summer in the Mad River Valley means long sweet days of fun and sunshine. From late July through the beginning of September, we typically have a nice dry stretch with near perfect temps. This period is often referred to as the dog days, due to the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, in the night sky. 

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Dream Time

Summer in the Mad River Valley can feel like an idyllic dream. The 4th of July was one of those days, with perfect temperatures, a bright blue sky, cottony white clouds and an overflow of giant green growth from June's rains. The gentle caresses of a warm breeze completed the enchantment. 

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Summer Session

Opening Day last weekend was fun and summer is almost fully in session. I say "almost", because it has been chilly and damp for a good portion of June. This is not unheard of, but thankfully, truly warm and drier weather looks likely as we get through the weekend. The upcoming 4th of July fun should be sunny too. 

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Fire Wheel

Happy summer! Today is the first full day of our greenest season and we're getting ready to celebrate with Opening Day on Saturday. The solstice has a long tradition of celebrations, including a 13th century English one that melded fire and rolling wheels to symbolize the sun's journey through the sky. As you might imagine, we would probably fit right in with those old revelers. We like fire and wheels too. 

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Green Solace

As you might have noticed, we've been sogging through a bit of a wet stretch. One good thing about this pattern is that when the sun does come out, it feels like a special occasion and we truly appreciate these bright breaks.

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Trail Tale

The Mad River Valley loves trails. From the high summits of winter, favorites like Rumble, Liftline, both Paradises, Chute, even mellow ones like Antelope and Jester weave their way into our hearts and souls. Summer's routes roll through intricate forests full of life, blending stone and dirt into much more than a simple way to get from one place to another. Trails have the power to connect us to ourselves.

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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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