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Fundamental Fourth - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 2, 2015

While the universe is quite dynamic, there are only four fundamental forces that produce all interactions. Sugarbush is primarily known for our gravitation, which is the most mysterious of the four forces. Meanwhile, the Mad River Valley's most mischievous event is the Fourth of July Parade. Coincidence? Or something deeper? 

One of the fundamental forces of nature, electricity.
One of the fundamental forces of nature is electro-magnetism.

We're not sure about a potentional connection, but regardless, the holiday fun has already started, with lots of folks getting an early jump on the weekend. The event schedule is jam-packed and the weather is looking stellar after a very damp stretch. Speaking of jams, the Grippo Funk Band, the Mad Mountain Scramblers and the Detonators are all playing free shows on Saturday. Get your dancing shoes ready!  

Gravity is another fundamental force.
Gravity is another fundamental force. Flowing by the Valley House construction.

Be sure to check out the progression of the Valley House Lift Project when you get to Lincoln Peak. The top area is transformed with a new intersection and the Mountain Ops building foundation is getting removed today. The new view up the Valley House lift line from the base area is pretty cool too.

Golf at Sugarbush is fun-damental too.
Enjoying some nuclear forces (aka sunshine) at the Sugarbush Golf Club.

The extra June rain has turned the Sugarbush Golf Club is as verdant as it gets. With dry weather and a nice breeze, the course should be in prime condition again soon.   

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High Light - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The summer solstice is nearly upon us, marking the sun's highest position in the sky and the longest day of the year. Traditionally, this time of year has been celebrated with feasts, weddings, and sun-centered festivals. In the Mad River Valley, we tend to honor the season by having as much fun as possible.

Solstice sunset.
Solstice sunset.

With so much daylight to recreate, we're squeezing in early morning spins and hikes before work or finishing bike rides and golf rounds late in the evening. To top it off, the post-play sunsets linger as long as the hoppy aftertaste of a Lawson's Triple Sunshine.  

A post-work pedal with the Mad River Riders.
A post-work pedal with the Mad River Riders.  

Sugarbush BrewGrass glory!
Sugarbush BrewGrass glory!

Speaking of beer, many thanks to everyone that came to the Sugarbush BrewGrass Fest last weekend. We scored on the weather and an incredible selection of some of the finest local and regional beers and ciders.  

Lupulin lovers.
Lupulin lovers. 

Summer fun is ramping up and we're only a week away from the official opening for mountain activities. Super Bravo starts spinning again on June 27th, for biking, hiking, disc golf and scenic lift rides. The euro bungie and zip line will be starting too, along with daily operations at the Castlerock Pub.

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Flower Head - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, June 11, 2015

After the dull browns of early spring and the fresh green blast of late spring, the bright waves of summer colors have begun to wash over the hills. The hues of autumn get a lot of attention, but the wildflower rainbow deserves its due too. Some of the best viewing spots are in the valley meadows and on the open ski trails.

Daisy dancer.
Daisy dancer.

The river and brooks are calming down after more rain earlier this week, and the Valley trails are draining well today. The weather looks pretty good through the weekend, so the paddling should mellow out and brown pow conditions should return to the trails soon.

Another favorite VT flower ... hops! Sugarbush BrewGrass Fest is Saturday.
A favorite VT flower ... hops! Sugarbush BrewGrass Fest is Saturday.

Another sign of summer is the Sugarbush BrewGrass Festival, which kicks off at 2PM on Saturday. We hope you got your tickets early, because the event is sold-out!

The event is not just a beer and music fest, it is a Sugarbush community reunion and we look forward to seeing many of your smiling faces again. The mountain closed just 6 weeks ago, but it feels like an eternity since we were together last.

Lupine lovely.
Lupine lovely.

Speaking of the mountain, summer mountain activities are gearing up for Opening Day on June 27th. If you like lift-served biking, be sure to get your MTB Quad Packs now. The deadline for purchase is the end of June.  

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Green Book - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The much needed rain earlier this week was perhaps a bit too heavy, but the sun has returned and drying conditions are excellent. The mountains, forests and fields are glowing green with the fresh moisture. 

Buttercup MEllen.
Buttercup MEllen.

Summer is unofficially rolling and the events schedule is filling up fast. The 30th Anniversary of American Flatbread is Saturday starting at 5PM and they are throwing an awesome Community Volunteers Appreciation Celebration

Check out the National Trails Day celebration at Blueberry Lake this Sunday!
Check out the Mad River Riders' National Trails Day celebration at Blueberry Lake this Sunday!

The Mad River Riders-VMBA are kicking off the season with a National Trails Day celebration on Sunday from 12PM-4PM, with groundbreaking ceremony for a new trail, Suki's Alley, a guided women's ride with pro rider Ali Zimmer, a Mad River Rippers' kids ride and a dad-supported strider-bike ride on Tootsie Roll. The Common Man Meatball Truck will be providing food and drinks, XPrezo Cycles and Clearwater Sports will have free bike and paddleboard demos too.  

Fun for all ages!
Fun for all ages!

Next weekend is the famous Sugarbush BrewGrass Festival. We hope you got your tickets already, because it is soldout, except for a few last minute tickets still for sale. Get'em now, they'll be gone soon.

Drive for show.
Drive for show. $30 Thursdays are back for the summer!

Lush and leafy.
Lush and leafy.

Fern notice.
Fern notice.

Sugarbush Parks works non-stop to keep the fun tip-top.
Sugarbush Parks works non-stop to keep the fun tip-top.

Warren Falls flows.
Warren Falls flows.

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Moving Average - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

While the Valley has gone full green, spring transition has been a bit back and forth. Last Saturday morning, the trails were all white with a late May dusting, although it was gone by noon. The tops of the mountains are just waking up, as the last vestiges of snow finally melt. 

Only a little left on Ripcord. 05/27/2015
Only a little left on Ripcord. 05/27/2015

Turns were made by a few intrepid folks last weekend and we salute them for their sense of adventure. The opportunities for fun at lower elevations continues to peak, with incredible biking, hiking and golf conditions, refreshing swim temps and enough water in the river to fish and paddle

Last taste of winter? 05/23/2015 pic by Shawn Fuschetto.
Last taste of winter? Pic by Shawn Fuschetto. 05/23/2015 

Clean mountain air tastes great in all seasons. Coach Diggity on Revolution.
Clean mountain air tastes great in all seasons. Coach Diggity on Revolution.

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John Atkinson

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