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May Eye - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May's march toward verdancy keeps increasing its pace. The old joke about wasting time watching the grass grow doesn't apply here. You can see the growth moment to moment, blades stretching skyward, flowers exploding everywhere, ferns fast unfurling and leaves filling out the hillsides with bright fresh colors.

Green chasing white off the mountains.
Green chasing white off the mountains. May 21, 2015

The last bits of snow are fading, but if you're feeling energetic, there'll still be some turns to earn this weekend. The best access for Ripcord's remains is probably Lower Downspout>Lower Jester>Jester>Spillsville cutover. 

The Sugarbush Golf Club is fully glowing green.
The Sugarbush Golf Club is fully glowing green.

The Sugarbush Golf Club is in great shape and the 16th Hole enhancement project wraps up today. Greens fees are $95 this weekend, $65 after 2PM. Hogan's is rocking too, say hi to the 3 Emily's!

Brown pow alert! The Valley trails are in peak condition.
Brown pow alert! The Valley trails are in peak condition. 

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Greensheet - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Mad River Valley has gone from barely spring to full swing in the last week, with blossoming rainbows and greening hillsides. The golf course had its first mow and vernal foraging is ramping up with tasty tidbits like ramps, morels, fiddleheads and knotweed. 

Sugarbush Golf Club is full of flower power this week.
Sugarbush Golf Club is flower powerful this week.

Mostly dry conditions and extensive maintenance have helped open lots of trails in the lower elevations, where the majority of routes are ready to roll. Another sign of the seasonal shift is the first Waitsfield Farmers' Market, which begins this Saturday, May, 16th. 

Hiking and biking are cranking up in the Valley!
Hiking and biking are cranking up in the Valley!

Waitsfield Farmers' Market was voted one of the best in the country!
Waitsfield Farmers' Market was voted one of the best in the country!

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Blend Fund - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Just when it felt like Winter 2014-2015 was really not going to end, our last snow was less than 2 weeks ago, Spring arrived with a flourish to finish out the Sugarbush lift-served season. By the numbers, it was average length, with 158 days and below average snowfall, with 249 inches, about 20 inches short of the mean. 

Sending the season off in style. Egan soaring on Grinder.
Sending the season off in style. Egan soaring on Grinder.

If you only looked at these 2 measures, you might think, "Ho hum." However, 2 other factors, temperature and wind, pushed this season into legendary status. Consistent cold allowed base depths to build well above average. Mid-winter winds also played a pivotal role, loading the east side of the Green Mountain spine with almost constant refreshments. 

Lincoln Peaking.
Lincoln Peaking.

Sugarbush started the season in late November with top-to-bottom turns in fresh powder. Sweet snow continued nearly unabated through late April and we capped daily operations right after a final storm.

For the final weekend, there were still natural snow trails open and decent turns in the north-facing upper and mid mountain woods. Mike Ware, long time Sugarbush skier, remarked this weekend, "In 55 years of skiing here, I've never seen it like this in May." 

Greening, redding and yellowing up at the Sugarbush Golf Club.
Greening, redding and yellowing up at the Sugarbush Golf Club.

Meanwhile, lower elevations dried out much faster. We were able to open the Sugarbush Golf Club last Friday, allowing tees and turns on the same day. All 18 holes are open, with $50 unlimited golfing, including cart!

The trails around the Valley are quickly opening too. Check the Mad River Riders and Mad River Path Association for updates and please join us for upcoming trail work days. 

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Spring Loaded - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, April 30, 2015

We've used the word epic a lot this winter and for good reason. Months of soft powder turns with no real thaws make a big impression. This monumental-ness has continued right up to the end of the 2014-2015 season. With a huge snowpack, bright sunshine, temps pushing into the 60's to 70's and top-to-bottom turns, Sugarbush is ready for an epic spring send-off this weekend, May 2nd and 3rd.   

Fully loaded for the last weekend.
Fully loaded for the last weekend. Photo April 29, 2015.

On top of the incredible skiing and riding, the Sugarbush Golf Club opens May 1st and we are offering a Ski and Tee deal on Saturday and Sunday, buy a lift ticket and get a free round of golf on the same day. If you go for a bike ride or a walk, you can claim a rare triple play. 

Double play Ski and Tee on Saturday and Sunday! Buy a lift ticket, get a round of golf same day.
Green up. Today is the last day for Fore Packs!

All 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Sugarbush season passes ski and ride for free this weekend, including Mt. Ellen-only, mid-week and boomer passes. The party runs 9AM-5PM both days and there'll be a BBQ and outdoor pizza oven to keep you fueled for fun.   

With temps nearing 70 degrees, we're expecting a sweet finale to 2014-2015!
With temps nearing 70 degrees, expect a sweet finale to 2014-2015!

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Deep Draught - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

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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John Atkinson

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

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