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MEllen Up - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We take our fun seriously in the Mad River Valley and this Saturday we are excited to host the O2X Sugarbush Summit Challenge at MT Ellen. Over three hundred racers have already signed up to compete on two courses. 

MEllen up with the 02X Challenge this weekend!
MEllen up with the 02X Challenge this weekend! 

If you have been thinking about running this event, we are giving away two free entries ... all you have to do is name the only original lift left at MT Ellen. If we get multiple correct answers, we'll pick the winner at random from this group.  

Run wild.
Run wild.

O2X organizers have incorporated natural obstacles to enhance the routes, including rock scrambles, steep gnarly glades and stream crossings. Everybody starts in the base area, the easier course finishes at the Glen House, while the harder one appropriately tops out at the summit of MT Ellen, after a difficult ascent of Upper FIS.

As part of the O2X Sugarbush Summit Challenge, we are offering a free for everyone Morning Mountain Yoga Class with Dominic Foti at MT Ellen from 7 - 7:30 AM. Free lift rides on GMX are also available for spectators from ~8AM-12PM on September 13th!

Endless winter at the MEllen with Sugarbush Parks. Welcome back, Trevor!
Endless winter with Sugarbush Parks. Welcome back, Trevor! 

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Splash Down - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Summer technically continues for another couple weeks and it's going to be full hot tomorrow, but autumnal changes are happening and the seasonal overlap is causing some blissful sensory overload. The trees are starting to hue up the hillsides and the nights are deliciously cool. 

Splashes of early color.
Splashes of early color ... a perfect reminder to get your pass now!

The garden harvest is rolling with too-tasty-to-believe tomatoes and crispy sweet carrots. The foraging is peaking with blackberries and a wide variety of fungi. Outdoor adventures are also reaching prime condition, the hiking, biking, swimming and paddling are just about prefect.  

Splashes of a different sort. Getting some late summer leaps.
Splashes of a different sort. Getting some late summer leaps.

Splash of fun at the weekly Bridge St Roundup.
Splash of fun at the Bridge St Round Up. 

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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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John Atkinson

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