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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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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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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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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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Silver Linings

There is a silver lining in every cloud, so it is said.  Well, after hitting 131” of total snowfall for the season (a record) and having some of the best few days of skiing at both Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen that I can remember, Mother Nature reminded us what historically can occur in the month of December...

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An Incredible Start

It appears that the hornets knew what they were doing last fall when they built their nests up high.  With 111” of snow since we started recording in late October, we are on track to possibly exceed the record total snowfall at Sugarbush prior to the end of the calendar year...

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The Holidays

Growing up, I was an only child with older parents. I always looked forward to the holiday season, knowing that Santa would come, leave a lot of presents, and I would not have siblings fighting with me over who got what...

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Opening Weekend, Operating Plans, and Snowmaking

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our opening days and first lift-accessed turns of the season.  I was very pleased with the quality of the snow on our four open trails at Lincoln Peak...

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New Opening Day

Could there be a white Thanksgiving?  The odds are looking good at this point. The warm temperatures of the past several days are preventing us from opening this weekend, but we are optimistic about an opening at Lincoln Peak next Wednesday...

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Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran’s Day and a time to remember and thank all of those who have served and are serving our great country.  Rather than speak about the winter season this week, I would like to share a story and ask everyone to hug a veteran today...

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First Snow

First snows always get us stoked for winter.  After a warm spell and fabulous foliage, the snows arrived here at Sugarbush from the base area up to the summit. Our new snow stake up at Heaven’s Gate measured around 6” last Sunday morning, but reports from others skinning around the Valley had that total closer to 12”...

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Mad River Valley Strong

It is the cruelest of ironies, that over this past Community Weekend—a time when many of us come together to celebrate our community and begin preparation for the winter—five members of our community were taken from us...

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Community Weekend

It is looking like a great Columbus Day weekend, and we might just hit peak foliage.  The entire Sugarbush team is looking forward to seeing many of you at the mountain for our weekend activities...

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New and Old

Summer has ended and Fall begins.   Foliage  seems a bit delayed this year, but the slopes above Sugarbush are showing some nice colors now, and I suspect we will be hitting  peak  as we usually do around ColumbusDay weekend...

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Our Mission

I want to thank our existing and new  passholders  for your continued support.  Many of the early-season pass deadlines ended on Wednesday, September 14th and, once again, we were very pleased with the results...

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The End of Summer

Labor Day marks the end of summer and also the end of daily mountain activities here at Sugarbush.  While our golf course will be going strong through the end of October, our mountain activities will now occur only on weekends through Columbus Day...

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Some Hiking Observations

Earlier this week, several colleagues and I hiked one of my favorite portions of the Long Trail.  Embarking on a gray Tuesday morning from Lincoln Gap, we climbed 2.7 miles to the summit of Mt. Abraham.  Even on a cloudy morning, the 360-degree panoramic view is always exciting to see...

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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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