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Still Life - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, August 21, 2014

While summer still has some life in it, the cool nights of late August are a sure sign of things to come. (Get your winter passes now for the best prices and new sweet deals!) Although we can wax poetic about any time of the year, from now to peak foliage in October is extra special.

Many thanks to Lareau Farm/ American Flatbread for hosting our employee party!
Many thanks to Lareau Farm/ American Flatbread for hosting our summer employee party!

The scenery alone is enough to satisfy, but the event calendar kicks up and so does the fun. This weekend, we are excited to host the High Fives Charity Golf Tournament (sold out!) and the POC Eastern States Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race, and the free VT Music Fest is at Kenyon's Field and Lareau Farm.

High Fives Founder and local hero, Roy Tuscany.
High Fives Founder and local hero, Roy Tuscany.

If you've never checked out a downhill bike race before, it is a great spectator event. You can ride the lift up and hike down to the course on Snowball and Eden, or head up from the bottom. Some of the most challenging sections are near the bottom, so you don't have to go far to see some action.

The top riders maintain incredible speeds throughout a tough course, with winning times well under five minutes, top-to-bottom. For some perspective, trying to ski or snowboard this race route and beat their times is really hard.

Eastern States Cup returns to Sugarbush this weekend!
The POC Eastern States Cup returns to Sugarbush this weekend!

One of the pro riders competing this weekend is Ali Zimmer, a sponsored Sugarbush rider, who was just named to the USA Cycling World Championship Team. Ali is headed to Lillehammer, Norway next month to compete in the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championship! Be sure to give her a loud cheer as she blasts by on the track.

Ali Zimmer leading a MRR's Wednesday Womens clinic at Lareau Farm.
Ali Zimmer leading a free MRR's Wednesday Womens clinic at Lareau Farm.

Mad River Riders and GMVS trail work day in Camel's Hump State Forest.
Mad River Riders and GMVS trail work day in Camel's Hump State Forest this week.

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August Performance - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, August 14, 2014

{SCENE - Golden late summer sunshine lights the Mad River Valley in eldritch hues. Summer's play is in its final act.}

Changing masks.
Changing masks. Early foliage at Sugarbush.

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Summer Symphony - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August tempers the bright green of July with golden tones, reminding us that this season is always seguing towards the next one. The weaker trees have begun a quiet prelude of fall's fanfare, but they are just minor notes in the summer symphony that is quickly reaching its crescendo.   

Summer's best fun is now!
Summer's best fun is now! 

Even if you are a diehard skier or rider who loves winter's glissando more than anything, most of us can appreciate warm contrasts. Gravity doesn't care about the temperature, and regardless of surface conditions, the tempo and scale of moving down the mountain (on a bike) feels remarkably similar.   

Sugarbush Golf Club is in great shape!
Sugarbush Golf Club is in great shape!

We have a sweet suite of events this weekend to help accent the seasonal opus, starting with the Sugarbush Golf Club's Member/Guest Tournament on Saturday and the famous Taste of the Valley on Sunday. Taste of the Valley is the best way to sample food and beverages from most of the area's restaurants, breweries and distilleries. New this year is an Iron Chef competition, using a pantry stocked with local ingredients. The evening event reliably sells out, so get your tickets now.   

August = Taste of the Valley!
August = Taste of the Valley!

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Serious Fun - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We talk a lot about the fun to be had at Sugarbush, but we have a serious side, too. Serious fun, that is. From working with local schools and businesses to supporting a vast array of non-profit partners, community is very important to us and being good citizens is part of our identity. 

Welcome back, High Fives!
Welcome back, High Fives! Their soldout golf tourney returns to the Sugarbush Golf Club on Aug 22nd. 

We are excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual East Coast High Fives Golf Tournament and look forward to sharing some time with local hero turned international philanthropist, Roy Tuscany. Roy grew up in Waterbury and was one of the original Diamond Dog freestyle skiers at Sugarbush, before moving to California. While the event is only in its second year, it has already set a high bar for serious Sugarbush fun.

Join us at the Ride for Ryan Bike Fest next weekend.
Join us at the Ride for Ryan Bike Fest next weekend. 

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Parallel Turns - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 24, 2014

During the heat wave this past week, we were definitely thinking of the cold comfort of winter. With snow on our fevered brains, pretty soon we were knee deep in powder daydreams. Now that cooler temps have returned, our heads have cleared a bit, although the feeling of floating with gravity lingers.

Riding boards and riding bikes are direct parallels.
Riding boards and riding bikes are direct parallels. Coach Simona and Adventure Camper Carter heading up for another lap in the terrain park.

That's because mountain biking is so much like skiing and riding that it can be a powder day even in July. Full suspension bikes provide bottomless turns and jumps, regardless of the current lack of snow. 

The smiles are the same, too.
The smiles are the same, too.

Between Adventure Camps and our awesome coaching clinics, we can have you quickly up to speed. Imagine year-round turns and how big your grins will be. Everything you learn about biking translates right back to winter fun, so you can always be improving your skiing and riding

Hmmm, even Olympic skiers seem to know. Thanks, Nolan!
Hmmm, even Olympic skiers seem to know. Thanks, Nolan

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John Atkinson

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