Sugarbush is in the middle of one of our best winter starts, with a wide variety of terrain open already. We are top-to-bottom, with everything from our classic steep trails to comfortable beginner routes. Sugarbush Parks has developed a sweet set-up in the base area Hollywood Park and the entire mountain is coated in a solid natural snow base layer.
Today's warm-up will be short-lived and we expect any precip to change to snow overnight. The weather cycle of rain transitioning to snow has been repeating recently, which has allowed us to use both the 1st and 2nd Primary Aphorisms of Eastern Snow. For those unfamiliar with these nuggets of wisdom, they are, "It's good for the base" and "Net gain." Feel free to chant these sayings next time it gets warm.
Make plans to join us on Saturday, December 7th for the SugarBash, our annual birthday party. The Grift will be providing the tunes, we've got tasty refreshments and a hotly contested vintage costume comp, plus more fun. Time to break out the stretch pants!
Winter is here. Sugarbush opened this week, once again dropping in top-to-bottom at Lincoln Peak. During this short span, we've gone through two park installations, two powder days and a flood watch rainstorm, with temps that have spanned from 40+ degrees to below zero. Gotta love VT.
Happy Winter! Get your Quad Packs now. This deal ends on Saturday.
Despite the shifts in weather, the turns have been generally great. This is partly due to our snowmakers and groomers, but Mother Nature deserves some love too.
Today at Lincoln Peak.
When yesterday's rain ended and the mercury begin to dive, it was looking like we were facing a skate and crampon day. But the new snow that fell overnight bonded pretty well with the older base and this morning's turns were among the best of the season, so far.
The wait is nearly over, Sugarbush opens for the season this week! We've been in a relatively cold weather stretch recently, with single digits already recorded at the summits.
Combined with our new fleet of HKD snowguns, this frozen pattern is allowing us to start the 2013-14 season with top-to-bottom turns at Lincoln Peak. Are your legs ready for non-stop 2400 vertical foot runs?
We open for passholders on Nov. 22nd. Grand Opening is Nov. 23rd.
The plan currently includes Jester, Allyn's Traverse, Downspout, Lower Downspout and Coffee Run, with a chance for Organgrinder, especially by the end of the weekend. Sunday is supposed to be quite chilly, plan for full winter conditions.
The Sugarbush Parks team is also installing the Hollywood Park near Valley House Lodge. Whether you are a rail rider or spectator, their work is always worth a look.
Be sure to check the Snow Report for updated lift, trail, ticket and weather information.
Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the Big Kicker last weekend. The rail jam, slide show, High Fives, Flyin Ryan and Sherpa movies were all awesome, and the party raged late into the night.
This weekend, the party will be in the Castlerock Pub, hosted by everyone's favorite bartender and hop connoisseur, Shawn. You may have forgotten how extensive our beer selection is, so here is a reminder. Castlerock Pub has the best beer collection of any ski area bar in the country.
The past week felt a lot like January, which means the adrenaline is flowing, the snowguns have been running and it's been stormy. We've had temps in the single digits and have gotten over a foot of natural snow at the summits since the weekend. As the clouds have finally parted again, the mountains sure look mid-winter fresh. This is all setting us up very well for an on-time opening, next Saturday, Novembrrrr 23rd.
The next few days look warm though, so we will need to reassess. Mother Nature always has the final say. On the bright side, starting Monday night, it looks as though cold returns for the remainder of the week. Be sure to check the Snow Report to confirm opening information.
Novembrrrr 14th, 2013.
Regardless of the temperatures, we've got a great party lined up on Saturday night, the Big Kicker annual winter kickoff celebration. Sugarbush has teamed up again with the neighbors, Mad River Glen, to start our favorite season in style.
Sugarbush started making snow this past weekend! The sight of all the guns blowing in the sunshine produced a lot of yee-haws and alrights. Although we had to curtail operations mid-week due to temps, the top of the mountain hit 32 degrees again at about noon today. The flakes are flying on the ridges already.
The mercury is expected to continue dropping into tonight and forecasts call for good conditions, at least at the summits, through Monday. We can lay down some serious accumulation in four uninterrupted days, plus there are decent chances for some natural snow too.
While we may be tired, this kind of committment gets noticed. Take Sugarbush Parks, for instance. Here is a recent accolade ... "The most creative rail set-up in new England ... Sugarbush proves that it's not what you have, but what you can do with it." Transworld Snowboarding, November 2013
The famous Waitsfield Ski and Skate Sale is this weekend. Remember to drop off your stuff on Friday evening and get in line early on Saturday for the best selection. This no ordinary gear swap, there will likely be equipment that has been used by world famous athletes and with so many participating retailers, the depth and breadth of choices is amazing. The cherry on top is that everything sold helps support the Waitsfield School PTA ... good for you, good for the community.
Speaking of world famous athletes, next week is the Burlington premier of the new Shane McConkey retrospective. Back in the day, Shane helped coach some of the Egan brothers' X-Team clinics. Our own John Egan had this to say about him, "From the second Shane came on the scene, you could tell that he would be much more than just a great skier. He was going to be a hero."