Stoke Exchange
The Adventure Market Update

Solstice Season - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter will officially begin this Sunday with the Solstice, although we have already been enjoying some sweet mid-winter conditions at Sugarbush. From the heavy storm to the openings of Castleorck, Gatehouse and North Lynx, the past week was full of great turns and incredible mountain scenes.

Gatehouse pow.
Gatehouse pow.

To cap it off, Mt. Ellen is set to debut Friday morning at 9AM and we expect to have 100% of our trails at both mountains available. Even some of the woods have enough base to wander, but take it easy, as there are numerous new branches down and open water in low spots. 

Mount Ellen and the Riemergasse Park open tomorrow!
Mount Ellen and the Riemergasse Park open Friday!

Many folks have declared this one of the best season beginnings ever. We tend to agree, especially with the dense base that has coated the Green Mountain spine. If we can keep what we have and add to it, there are good chances for an epic winter. Make sure to continue snow-dancing. 

Coach Adam Deslauriers sampling some super Sunrise snow.
Coach Adam Deslauriers sampling some super Sunrise snow.

Continue reading...

Ocean Effect - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A moisture train coming off the Atlantic has been funneling snow at Sugarbush for a few days now. The flakes fell heavy and wet to start and have created one of the best early season snowpacks we can remember. 

Dropping in for first turns on Liftline.
Dropping in for first turns on Liftline.

We've recorded nearly 70" of accumulation since the beginning of season and while some of it has melted, we have more than enough to open Castlerock and most of our natural snow trails at Lincoln Peak. 

Castlerock lift camera with a jaunty cap.
Castlerock lift camera with a jaunty cap.

That's right, Castlerock opened today, Gatehouse spins tomorrow and we're considering spinning North Lynx on Saturday. That would mean virtually all of Lincoln Peak may be open. We've got a huge weekend ahead, with seasonal programs families returning too. 

Patroller Brian carving some pow.
Patroller Brian carving some pow this morning.

Continue reading...

Net Gain - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The early season weather roller coaster has continued this week, with a brief warm-up, followed again by a decent amount of new snow. Overall, we've kept things positive, with general increases in the snowpack from both natural sources and our hard working snowmaking team.    

New snow+more snowmaking+great grooming=perfect wide wale.
New snow+more snowmaking+great grooming=perfect wide wale. 

Sugarbush is known for our commitment to the environment and we love sharing stories about the native Green Mountain flora and fauna. One of our common winter residents is the Eastern Long-footed Snowbird, whose calls can usually be heard in liftlines and on the trails this time of year. When snow mixes with other precipitation types, they often vocalize something that sounds like, "Netgain, netgain. Caw. Goodforthebase."

Upper mountain magic.
Prime habitat for the Eastern Long-footed Snowbird.

If you are lucky enough to see one of these Snowbirds, it is okay to approach quietly and offer them some snacks or a cold beverage. Be careful though, once you've shared food and drink with them, they can become very friendly and may show up on your couch throughout the winter.

They'll be flocking and funking this weekend at The SugarBASH!
They'll be flocking for group funking this weekend at The SugarBASH!

Continue reading...

Turkey Drop - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Looking back over the last week, the ups and downs are notable for the extremes. We opened for the season with some sweet fresh snow and lots of good machine-made. After a fun weekend of turns, the mercury screamed up to record warmth and rain, erasing most of the natural snow. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Sugarbush!
Happy Thanksgiving from Sugarbush!

The cold came back mid-week, allowing us to turn the guns on again, and then it was time for a rare Thanksgiving storm, which dumped a foot overnight. We're back on the upswing at the moment, with further flurries today, combined with solid snowmaking. We even opened Upper Organgrinder late morning.

Sweet morning.
Sweet morning.

The weekend looks good for more flurries and potential accumulations, if you like that sort of thing. ;) The snowmakers are working hard to shore up open terrain and get new trails ready to ski and ride. Check the Snow Report for up-to-date information. 

Turkey powder.
Turkey powder.

Rock star alert! The mighty Detonators will be jamming the Castlerock Pub this Saturday. Bassist Aaron Hersey is hot off a recent NYC gig with John PopperBilly Gibbons and Warren Haynes. Looking ahead, the SugarBash, our annual birthday party, is December 6th in the Gate House Lodge. The Grift will be returning and we have lots more fun planned for the evening.

Continue reading...

Open Order - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The wait is almost done. Only a few hours separate us from the start of the 2014-2015 Sugarbush ski and ride season and the anticipation is palpable. To add to the excitement, we've regularly been getting natural snow too. Some nice flurries and squalls have been blowing through today, we're even under a special weather statement right now for a quick inch or two this afternoon. 

Snow + (gravity X vertical) = adrenaline X endorphin.
Snow + (gravity X vertical) = adrenaline X endorphin. Get your Quad Packs before the end of November!

Super Bravo is scheduled to spin 9AM-4PM on Saturday and we'll have 6 trails open, including Downspout, Domino Chute, Lower Organgrinder, Lower Downspout and Coffee Run. Sugarbush Parks will have features installed in the Hollywood Park, outside Valley House Lodge.

The open order has been confirmed for this Saturday!
The open order has been confirmed for this Saturday. 

The cold temps this week have allowed our snowmakers to create some nice dry gunpowder, and we expect sweet turns for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. Day tickets will be $73 for adults, $63 for youths and seniors, and free for kids 6 and under. 

The Big Kicker is Saturday too!
The Big Kicker is Saturday too!

The Big Kicker on Saturday is set to be another legendary Mad River Valley winter kickoff party. Sugarbush and Mad River Glen are hosting the event at American Flatbread, with a Sugarbush Parks Rail Jam, great giveaways and video presentations from our favorite media makers, the High Fives Foundation, the Flyin' Ryan Foundation and Ski The East/Meatheads

Continue reading...

John Atkinson

About John Atkinson

Follow our own 'John of all Trades' as he explores and documents adventures in and around Sugarbush Resort and the Mad River Valley.



Ski Us
Contact Us | Employment| Privacy Policy | International Visitors | Resort Maps | Podcasts & RSS | Sitemap
Questions? Call 800.53.SUGAR | 102 Forrest Drive, Warren, VT 05674 
© Sugarbush Resort - Vermont Ski Resorts, New England. All Rights Reserved.
This institution is operated under special use permit with the Green Mountain National Forest
and is an equal opportunity provider.
Sugarbush Magazine