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Serious Fun - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We talk a lot about the fun to be had at Sugarbush, but we have a serious side, too. Serious fun, that is. From working with local schools and businesses to supporting a vast array of non-profit partners, community is very important to us and being good citizens is part of our identity. 

Welcome back, High Fives!
Welcome back, High Fives! Their soldout golf tourney returns to the Sugarbush Golf Club on Aug 22nd. 

We are excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual East Coast High Fives Golf Tournament and look forward to sharing some time with local hero turned international philanthropist, Roy Tuscany. Roy grew up in Waterbury and was one of the original Diamond Dog freestyle skiers at Sugarbush, before moving to California. While the event is only in its second year, it has already set a high bar for serious Sugarbush fun.

Join us at the Ride for Ryan Bike Fest next weekend.
Join us at the Ride for Ryan Bike Fest next weekend. 

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Parallel Turns - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 24, 2014

During the heat wave this past week, we were definitely thinking of the cold comfort of winter. With snow on our fevered brains, pretty soon we were knee deep in powder daydreams. Now that cooler temps have returned, our heads have cleared a bit, although the feeling of floating with gravity lingers.

Riding boards and riding bikes are direct parallels.
Riding boards and riding bikes are direct parallels. Coach Simona and Adventure Camper Carter heading up for another lap in the terrain park.

That's because mountain biking is so much like skiing and riding that it can be a powder day even in July. Full suspension bikes provide bottomless turns and jumps, regardless of the current lack of snow. 

The smiles are the same, too.
The smiles are the same, too.

Between Adventure Camps and our awesome coaching clinics, we can have you quickly up to speed. Imagine year-round turns and how big your grins will be. Everything you learn about biking translates right back to winter fun, so you can always be improving your skiing and riding

Hmmm, even Olympic skiers seem to know. Thanks, Nolan!
Hmmm, even Olympic skiers seem to know. Thanks, Nolan

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Open Rotation - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The wheels of summer are rolling fast now. Prime-time warm weather fun is not just happening, it's expanding. Trail building is in progress at several sites throughout the Mad River Valley, including a brand new flow trail at Sugarbush with an old name, Turkey Tumble. 

As the bullwheel turns ...
As the bullwheel turns ...

The new Turkey Tumble is excavator-built, with final sculpting from the Sugarbush trail crew. The trail starts near the top of Eden and will finish near the take-off for the zip-line. A couple sections are currently open and we expect to drop the rope on more of it over the weekend, as the new work settles and dries.  

The new Turkey Tumble trail is partly open!
The new Turkey Tumble trail is partly open! More this weekend?

The man behind the machine, Sean Flynn.
The man behind the machine, Sean Flynn.

Sean Flynn's deft touch at the controls of the excavator (and groomer in the winter) have helped provide fun for bikers and hikers at Sugarbush and all over the Valley. When he is not working at the mountain, he often volunteers to build for the Mad River Riders, too. Next time you rail a local berm or huck a table-top, give a little shout-out to Sean.  

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Fine Design - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The design standards for a perfect summer day are relatively universal ... lots of sunshine, low humidity, mid-day temps in 70's to low 80's and night-time temps in the 50's to low 60's. Hmmm, this sounds remarkably like the forecast for the next few days.  

Sugarbush Adventure Campers enjoying some Green Mountain time.
Sugarbush Adventure Campers enjoying some Green Mountain time.

Ideal weather is not the only factor though, as real estate agents say, "Location, location, location." The Mad River Valley's fields, forests, brooks, rivers, hills and mountains are all at peak mid-summer condition. The biking and hiking trails are dry and grippy, the golf course is in prime shape.

Think your lawn takes a long time to mow?
Think your lawn takes a long time to mow? Early morning prep.

These are the powder days of July, knee deep in ripening blueberries, over the head ferns, endless runs with friends, and smiles so wide they almost hurt.

The 4th of July weekend was awesome!
The 4th of July weekend was great. Many thanks to all our friends!

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Use The Fourth - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 3, 2014

One of the best stretches of summer lies at our doorstep, complete with the famous Warren Fourth of July Parade and Sugarbush Fireworks, the Mad Marathon, the Waitsfield Farmer's Market and all the warm outdoor fun the Mad River Valley has to offer. 


"The Fourth is strong with this one."

Until you've been to the Warren Parade, you can't truly appreciate freedom. Featuring a broad mix of irreverent pranksters, community coalitions, persistent politicians, and cool kids, it is quite a spectacle. 

“Always pass on what you have learned.”
"Always pass on what you have learned." Sugarbush PGA Pro Paul Meunier passing it on to Van the Man.

Once you've got your Fourth smile on, the best way to keep it full strength is to indulge in some Green Mountain adventures.

Do or do not. There is no try. Mad Marathon returns.
"Do or do not. There is no try." The Mad Marathon returns this weekend.

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John Atkinson

About John Atkinson

Follow our own 'John of all Trades' as he explores and documents adventures in and around Sugarbush Resort and the Mad River Valley.

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