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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

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Count Down - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We're down to 9 days before Sugarbush's projected Opening Day, November 22nd. The guns are blowing full blast at every opportunity and temps are looking good for firing up snowmaking all the way to the base area. Mother Nature is kicking out the jams too, we expect some natural snow tonight and again on Monday.   

Running guns on Jester.
Running guns on Jester today.

Chances are high for an on-time opening, which always makes the apres a lot more fun, especially when it includes the Big Kicker. We're excited to party down at Lareau Farm with our neighbors Mad River Glen and the whole Mad River Valley ski/ride community!  

Kicking it big.
Kicking it big.

Sweet Saturday sunrise.
Sweet Saturday sunrise.

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Sum It - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Sugarbush snowmakers were able to build a bit of nice base on Jester and Inverness last weekend, in addition to some natural snow, courtesy of Mother Nature. We had to shut down the guns mid-week, due to some warmer temps, but we're about to get some real winter weather. Got your snow tires on yet? 

Winter Weather Advisory for Sugarbush tonight and tomorrow!
Winter Weather Advisory for Sugarbush tonight and tomorrow!

The forecast is calling for a general 2-5" above 1000', with the potential for more at higher elevations, perhaps 6-12".  If you sum it up, with a summit elevation of ~4000', plus snowmaking, Sugarbush is in a pretty good spot.  

Beautiful late fall week in the Mad River Valley.
Beautiful late fall week in the Mad River Valley.

Snow is a great motivator. If you still need to get a $99 Boomer Midweek pass or some Quad Packs, now is the time to seize the deals. Early price deadlines are fast approaching, and so is our projected Opening Day on November 22nd! Be sure to save some energy for the Sugarbush-Mad River Glen Big Kicker Winter Kick-off Party on the evening of the 22nd at Lareau Farm.  

Slide Brook wind throw.
Slide Brook wind throw.

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Guns and Butter - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Here we are at the end of October, the leaves are sparse, the cold is returning and it is almost time to make some snow. On Saturday night, conditions-permitting, we plan to fire up as many snowguns as the temperatures and new system will allow. The weather window looks good through early Monday morning, so hopefully we can get a nice layer of buttery base blown on trails like Jester, Downspout, Rim Run and Inverness

Throwback Thursday, an October surprise.
Throwback Thursday, an October surprise from 2010.

Earlier forecasts suggested a chance for significant natural snow this weekend, but these have been downgraded. Although the summits are likely to see some real flakes, especially on Sunday, cold temps are more important right now. 

Today at Lincoln Peak.
Today at Lincoln Peak. Yes, that's snow on Ripcord.

As part of the annual build-up to the winter season, Powder Magazine has been running their Ski Town Throwdown contest and both Sugarbush and Mad River Glen are currently competing against MT Bohemia and Sugarloaf, respectively. We know where your allegiances are, please take a few moments and help the Mad River Valley push into the next round

Some new hi-efficiency HKD snow guns were delivered to MT Ellen this week.
New HKD snow guns were delivered to MT Ellen this week!

As the temps cool down, the event schedule is heating up, with the Sugarbush Golf Club's Glow Golf Halloween Party and Sugarbush Parks' Dawn of the Shred Rail Jam on Friday, then the Mad River Riders' Season-ender Ride and Party at Flatbread on Saturday, followed by the Spring Hill School's Bid and Boogie on Saturday night in the Gate House Lodge. 

Sugarbush Parks is ready for the season and for the Dawn of the Shred Rail Jam Halloween night at UVM.
Sugarbush Parks is ready for the season and for the Dawn of the Shred Rail Jam Halloween night at UVM.

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Autumn-ated - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The autumnal transition is flowing quickly towards winter. The trees are bare in many places, although there are still foliage hotspots, especially at sheltered lower elevations.

Right on schedule, we received our first snow this week and the mix of white mountaintops and bright leaves made for some sweet scenes.

Snow-liage!
Snow-liage!

Snow on the trails is a great reminder to get ready for winter. Weather-permitting, we're only a few days from starting to make snow and our scheduled Opening Day is now less than a month away. Which begs the question, how ready are you?  

Hungering for more snow.
Hungering for more snow.

If you are over the age of 65, we've recently extended our incredible Boomer Mid-week Pass deal until November 19th, just $99 for over 100 days of potential turns. Ski and Ride Conditioning classes have commenced at the SHARC, which are great for getting prepped for everything from first tracks to last chair.

Bragg Hill currently has bragging rights for best color.
Bragg Hill currently has bragging rights for best color.

The ramp up to winter continues with Sugarbush again sponsoring the Northeast tour for Warren Miller’s new film, No Turning Back. Former Warren Miller star and current Sugarbush Chief Recreation Officer John Egan will be attending several of the over 20 showings. Check out the schedule here.

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