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Wind Fall - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The past week has been a little below average for this winter's frenetic flaking, with just 9" instead of our usual foot to 2 feet. You wouldn't necessarily notice it though, because the wind has been moving snow around the mountain, refreshing lines without new accumulations. If you know where to look, the string of powder runs has continued unabated. 

Yesterday in Slide Brook.
Yesterday. Coach Bob Dillon finding the goods blowing in the wind.

Consistently cold temps have kept the snowpack free from crusts and icy layers, yielding incredible cruising conditions everywhere the groomers have been. These trails don't seem to degrade much during the day either, just tip your boards on edge and carve right up to last chair.

Wide wale is always in fashion.
Wide wale is always in fashion.

Weekend events are going full bore, with Vermont Specialty Food Day in the Valley House Mushroom on Saturday, then the High Fives Fat-Ski-A-Thon at Mt. Ellen and the Mt. Dew Vertical Challenge at Lincoln Peak on Sunday. We'll have 3 live bands playing apres on Saturday too, including the Big Basin Band in the Castlerock Pub from 3PM - 6PM.  

Join us on Sunday for the High Fives Fat Ski-A-Thon!
Join us on Sunday for the High Fives Fat Ski-A-Thon!

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Fat Fab-ruary - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Winter 2014-2015 keeps delivering incredible conditions, and this Fab-ruary is lining up as one for the record books. We picked up another 4 inches today and the snow is supposed to keep rolling through the weekend, with the heaviest accumulations predicted for Saturday night. While tomorrow is likely to be cold, we're expecting another 2-4 inches tonight. Bundle up and enjoy. 

Egan reaching for the stars in one of our lower mountain couloirs.
Egan reaching for the stars in one of our lower mountain couloirs.

Join us this weekend for Mt. Ellen's 51st birthday party, with the Gelandesprung Ski Jump Championships, the Cowbell Champagne Party and the Elliot Family Sunday Brunch Buffet

Good morning, Mt. Ellen!
Good morning, Mt. Ellen!

With lighter traffic and lots of awesome runs, the MEllen has been extra good this season. If you haven't sampled the stashes lately, head there soon. On top of the great snow and terrain, the award-winning Sugarbush Parks team has been regularly adding freestyle features for all abilities and now have nearly 60 rails, boxes, jumps and hips installed. Send it!

Moose on the loose!
Moose on the loose. If you want a cool adventure, go look for his dropped antlers in the woods.

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Snow Bank - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mother Nature continues to make large deposits in Sugarbush's snow bank, and it's coming so quickly that keeping the balance sheet current is a challenge. We got nearly two feet since last Thursday, bringing us over the 170" mark for season. Conditions are as good as they get and just getting better.

OG squall call.
OG squall call this morning.

Snow is falling again today, with 3" down already. Another round is forecast for Saturday night and an even bigger dump is predicted to start next Tuesday. There's a chance of topping 200" before the end of the holiday week.

Finely woven corduroy.
Finely woven corduroy.

Sugarbush is clearly the most appropriate place to be for the Presidents' Day holiday, where you can ski at Lincoln Peak in Washington County. You can even take a hike to Mt. Abe, if you want the executive tour. We've got a full calendar of fun events to keep you busy too. 

Fresh Tracks Film Camp finished up on a high note last weekend.
Fresh Tracks Film Camp finished on a high note last weekend.

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Sick Week - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Please be aware that Sugarbush is currently experiencing a severe outbreak of the powder flu. This is a highly contagious strain of the virus and many people have had to take sick days recently.

Matt feeling sick.
Matt was feeling very sick on Tuesday.   

The upcoming weekend and next week promise more of the same. If you have any chance of staying with us through Monday or Tuesday, we suggest you start planning now, perhaps even taking a whole sick week.

The N-Man getting the chills.
The N-Man getting the chills.

Winter 2014-2015 is quickly reaching epic status. The numbers alone are impressive, 20+" in the last seven days, 151" so far and a chance of snow nearly every day for the next week. We saw a few warm-ups and a couple tough days in December, otherwise we've had snow-saving temps and increasingly stellar conditions.

On top of from the incredible conditions, we are excited to host some great events this weekend, including the 10th Mountain Division Eastern Winter Gathering and the Jr. Castlerock Challenge

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Super Cycle - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sugarbush has been in a super cycle of sun and snow for much of the winter and it only seems to be getting better. Sure, we didn't get what Boston got out of this last blizzard, but the accumulations have been very regular, with an average of about a foot per week since we opened. 

One of the recent storm stashes.
One of the recent storm stashes. 

This week is a perfect example. By tomorrow, we'll likely have had three 6" mini-dumps and be well over 130" for the season\. Best of all, with cool temps forecast for the weekend, it looks as though we'll get through January without any thaw.   

The guardian of stashes, Murphy Moose.
The guardian of stashes, Murphy Moose.

We're excited to welcome Sugarbush-sponsored US Ski Team member Nolan Kaspar to Lincoln Peak on Saturday for free race training, poster signing and Q&A. Watching him on TV is one thing, seeing him in close-up action is pretty amazing, even if you don't spend a lot of time in the gates.

Sugarbush-sponsored US Ski Team member Nolan Kaspar will be at Lincoln Peak on Saturday for free race training, poster signing and Q&A.
Knockin'em down, rippin' it up.

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