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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Welcome to the beginning of autumn and the end of summer in the Mad River Valley! Sunday is the equinox and about 20-30% of the foliage has already changed. The rest of the trees have that underglow that comes right before the colors appear.

As with many transitions, there is a bittersweet component. Saying goodbye to warm weather is difficult, even for most hardcore skiers and riders. 

Fall is near!
Fall is near! 

However, the brilliant foliage takes the edge off those cool mornings, and we still have a few more summery days left, like tomorrow, when it's supposed to push into the mid 70's. Colder weather also means the approach of winter and the return to turns. When one door closes ...

Sugarbush Inn view.
Sugarbush Inn view.

If you are looking to combine fun and foliage, the Sugarbush Golf Club is in the best condition of the season and features some of the nicest views in the Mad River Valley. 

Andy chipping at the golf course this afternoon. Sweet day!
Andy chipping at the golf course this afternoon. Sweet day!

Mountain activities are open weekends through Columbus Day. This includes mountain bikingdisc golfbungee trampolinezipline and more. 

Motown rock and roll. Check the Mad River Riders page for fall fun!
Motown rock and roll. Check the Mad River Riders page for fall fun!

Be sure to try our hiking trails on the mountain or the Mad River Riders' multi-use trails too. For mellower routes, visit the Blueberry Lake trails in East Warren and the Revolution trail that starts at American Flatbread in Waitsfield. 

Holy shiitake! Dana Forest Farm getting ready to harvest a fall crop of shiitake mushrooms.
Holy shiitake! Dana Forest Farm ready to harvest a fall fungi crop.

Autumn hiking in the MRV.
Autumn hiking in the MRV.

The Sugarbush Parks team never rests.
The Sugarbush Parks team never rests. 

Richie grinding a feature for buttery smooth slides.
Richie grinding a feature for buttery smooth slides.

Sparks are flying.
Sparks are flying.

Grand Point North and Grand Point Dead were awesome last weekend!
Grand Point North/Dead were awesome last weekend. Many thanks to Grace Potter and Nocturnals!

Foraging season continues.
Foraging season continues.

Why fall is the best.
Why fall is the best.

Rice Brook is nearing completion.
Rice Brook is nearing completion. Only five spots left!

View to a thrill.
View to a thrill.

The weekend weather may be a little damp, especially Sunday. But rain is not a reason to stay away, the foliage just gets better when it's shiny wet. Come celebrate the start of fall with us. 

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange
Staff Photographer/Snow Reporter 

Irene prayer flags over the Mad River. Our thoughts are with our friends in Colorado now.
Irene prayer flags over the Mad River. Our thoughts are with our friends in Colorado now.

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