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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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Hot and Cold - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, October 16, 2014

While we have certainly passed peak foliage, this fall's colors and weather continue to be extra special. New electric hues keep revealing themselves, even as earlier-changing trees are stripped to their winter skeletons. The temps spiked to almost 80 degrees this week and we finally got some much needed rain today.  

Post peak perfection.
Post-peak perfection.

Community Weekend was really fun, many thanks to everybody that joined us for the final days of mountain activities. The trails were dry and fast, the food was warm and tasty and the beverages were cold and hoppy. Smiles seemed to be everywhere.

The Sugarbush Golf Club is still open, weather-permitting, and we have moved to fall rates, just $60 before 1PM and $40 after 1PM. Check with the Pro Shop for up-to-date info.   

Sno-liage coming?
Sno-liage coming? Looks like it!

Indian summer is fading quickly and we have some snow in the forecast for Saturday night into Sunday morning. The freeze line is predicted to fall to ~1800 feet. For reference, the base area is ~1600 feet. First flakes have fallen on the summits already, but this might be the first real accumulation. Next week looks cold and damp, so there may be more chances for frozen precip soon. Feeling ready?

Fall mask.
Fall mask.

Hot and cold.
Frost and fire. 

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Momentum Trading - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall festivities reach their peak this week at Sugarbush, as we celebrate Community Weekend and the finale of another great season of mountain activities. The momentum of fun has been building all summer and fall, but it is almost time to trade water shoes, sneakers and hiking boots for ski and snowboard boots. 

Reddy or not.
Reddy or not.

We've seen some colder temps recently and the summits have already shed their autumn mask. A few stray flakes have even fallen up high. Before the changes really kick in, be sure to join us for one more gravity-fed mountain bike session, disc golf round, or zip-line ride.  

The Sugarbush Golf Course is in peak condition and will remain open, weather-permitting, for a few more weeks. Check with the Pro Shop for up-to-date details and to sign up for your 2015 golf pass at the best rates

Going up.
Going up.

The forecast says we can expect nearly perfect fall weather this weekend. The trails are in great shape and the leaves are still technicolor bright in many places. The calendar is packed with events and happenings all over the Mad River Valley and we get an extra day to enjoy all of it.

Community Day pumpkin carver.
Community Day pumpkin carver.

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Autumn Aura - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall's colors continue to amaze. If you aren't feeling a continual sense of awe while wandering the Mad River Valley these days, your soul may need a reboot. 

Even cloudy days are spectacular, with plenty of eye candy to sweeten the views. The long foggy mornings that we've had lately are just a curtain slowly raising to reveal the on-going main stage performance. The show is short though and time is tight to enjoy the best of it

Sugarbush Golf Club peak views.
Sugarbush Golf Club peak views.

We're only 30 days away from firing up the snowguns and the lifts are scheduled to spin in about 50 days. It feels like summer was just yesterday, fall is today, and winter starts tomorrow. Time to pig out on the NOW. 

Camel's Hump peaking.
Camel's Hump peaking.

Speaking of pigging out, our famous head chef Gerry Nooney is doing a whole hog butchering demo this Saturday in the Sunrise Cafe. Mmmm, bacon. 

Looking ahead, Sugarbush's biggest fall celebration, Community Weekend, is October 11th-12th. Sunday is our Family Oktoberfest and the Sugarbush Mad Dash, too. 

Reflected glory in Granville Gulf.
Reflected glory in Granville Gulf.

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John Atkinson

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