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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring may have sprung, but winter keeps returning for visits. Today's snow was nice icing on an already sweet cake. If you missed the turns, there look to be more chances for freshies in the next few days.   

Peek-a-pow. April 23, 2015
Peek-a-pow with Coach Watie. Spillsville, April 23, 2015

Sugarbush started the season in November with a powder day and here we are in late April about to wrap up in similar fashion. Temps and precip look favorable for more snow through the weekend, especially at elevation. The lifts will be spinning through Sunday, April 26th and then again on May 2nd-3rd, weather-permitting. With no major meltdown in the forecast, we are likely to be top-to-bottom for the final weekend. 

With an average of 5 months of skiing and riding, a Sugarbush season pass can easily pay for itself here and they are at the lowest prices for 2015-2016 right now. All mountain passes include a free Summer Pass and most pass options have a very affordable $30 Summer Pass add-on.  

Low elevations are pushing into spring with earnest.
Low elevations are pushing into spring with earnest.

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Spring Switch - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A mere 7 days ago, we were at peak snowpack and enjoying a sweet April powder day. By the weekend, a switch had been thrown and Sugarbush officially welcomed spring with extended sunny warm weather. 

Farmer Babic harvesting some ripe corn on Organgrinder.
Farmer Babic harvesting some ripe corn on Organgrinder.

The turns this week have been lined with silky soft corn and it feels a little strange shedding so many layers in such a short period, but we've managed to make-do. The mountain is shedding its layers much more slowly and snow cover remains deep, especially on north-facing runs. 

One week ago.
One week ago. 

Natural snow areas like Castlerock and Paradise are still open and even some our famous off-piste lines are accessible. Last night's refreeze should make for ideal conditions today and Saturday night's temps should make it prime again on Sunday.

The Sugarbush Golf Course is scheduled to open in just 2 weeks.
The Sugarbush Golf Club is scheduled to open in just 2 weeks. 

Below the mountains, snow cover is rapidly vanishing and we're excited for warm weather fun on the biking and hiking trails, in the river and on the golf course. Please avoid walking or riding when the ground is soft and wet. The next few weeks are some of the most important of the year for frost-out and drainage. Damage done to the trails and golf course now means a lot of repair work will be needed later.  

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Great Late - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, April 9, 2015

While we've had a few really sweet spring days, winter keeps coming back for return engagements. Nearly two feet of snow has fallen in the last five days and it may not be over yet. The fresh turns have been incredible, even if you are less inclined to love great late season snow. Have no fear, spring is inevitable, but powder is precious. Get it when you can. 

A sampler from today's snow.
A sampler from today's snow.

The upcoming weekend is looking warm and mostly dry, with Sunday forecast to have nice sunshine and temps pushing into the 50's. This is the last weekend for Gate House and North Lynx lifts, although they will be open for hiking beginning on Monday.   

Jumping between winter and spring.
Jumping between winter and spring.

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Spring Forward - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, April 2, 2015

With everything open, a peak-depth snowpack and continued powder refreshers, any discussion of mountain closures feels very premature. Yet, Mt. Ellen's scheduled season, plus an extra 7 days, finishes this weekend. We'll still have all of Lincoln Peak's awesomeness and a new terrain park (stay tuned for details), plus spring hiking and skinning at the MEllen, which could be especially sweet. 

Launching over Mt. Ellen, David Babic on the fly.
Launching over Mt. Ellen, David Babic on the fly.

Today and tomorrow are warm, then the forecast calls for another stretch of winter, perhaps with some serious accumulations. Mid-April looks like a real pattern change for us, so be sure to get the last sips of dry snow, before it all turns to corn. 

The sun is setting on lift-served operations at Mt. Ellen this weekend.
The sun is setting on lift-served operations at Mt. Ellen this Sunday.

This is also the last hurrah for the original Valley House Double Chair, soon to be replaced with an upgraded fixed-grip quad and a redesigned line into the main base area next to Super Bravo. A selection of these classic chairs will be auctioned to benefit the Mad River Valley Community Fund.

Last weekend for Valley House. Take a spin!
Last weekend for Valley House. Take a spin!

When the Valley House lift was installed in 1960, Sugarbush was only 2 years old. Currently, it is the oldest lift in the Mad River Valley. Our neighbor MRG's Birdland Double will take that title after this weekend.

Just another Sugarbush spring powder day, Win and Bear trading turns.
Just another Sugarbush spring powder day, Win and Bear trading turns.

Superlatives really don't do justice to recent conditions, the adjectives are just starting to get repetitive. Great. Epic. Beyond epic. Stellar. Superb. May we always have troubles like these.

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Century Celebration - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Despite below zero temps earlier this week, we seem to have finally begun crossing into spring. Looking back on the season, several notable occurrences jump out, but one of the sweetest is Castlerock celebrating 100 continuous days of operation today. With the snowpack still near peak levels and no heavy meltdowns in the forecast, chances are good for a couple more weeks of our choicest natural snow terrain. 

Castlerock opening day. Dec 11th, 2014.
Castlerock opening day. Dec 11th, 2014.

We are harvesting some sweet spring corn now, but there were still pockets of powder up until yesterday. More snow is expected to fall tonight and temps should keep it dry through the weekend in the north-facing upper elevations. 

Spring is springing, but winter still wants to stay.
Spring is springing, but winter still wants to stay. 3/24/2015

The spring event season is rolling fast and this Saturday marks the return of Pond Skimming, Sugarbush's most famous vernal passage. Chez Henri is commemorating their 50th anniversary starting today and running through Sunday, with parties, movies, races, contests and lots of great food and beverages

Pond Skimming is this Saturday!
Pond Skimming is this Saturday!

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John Atkinson

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