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Mountain facts? Steals and Deals? Directions to the hill? You can find the boilerplate all within this website. If you're looking for a feature idea (or have one of your own), give us a call. But if you're just interested in what we're doing for the 2017 winter season (and a story idea or two,) the info below should help. Just looking for images? Visit our photo gallery or shoot us an email for access to higher resolution photos via Dropbox.

For more information contact:

Candice White, Vice President of Communications and Brand Management
Phone: 802-583-6388

John Bleh, Communications Supervisor
Phone: 802-583-6814

Food, Glorious Food

Sugarbush has become a culinary destination that offers both hyper-local-Vermont as well as international cuisine. Timbers Restaurant at Sugarbush-- the jewel in the crown—has hit its stride within the last several years, offering what we call “world cuisine with a Vermont twist”, which includes items like sweet potato empanadas and coconut chicken satay.

Fireside Dining at Allyn’s Lodge is a premier mid-mountain dining experience that involves a cabin cat ride to the mid-mountain (or a guided hike), a multi-course locally-inspired gourmet dinner (with items such as cheese fondue and pate, squash bisque, local greens, and pork or beef tenderloin), and a guided night ski down to the base. Allyn’s Lodge provides an experience that guests return for year after year to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and occasions worth remembering.

At Mt. Ellen, the mid-mountain Glen House has been completely revamped with a new bar offering local beers, wine, and several signature cocktails. Heartwarming favorites like Cabot cheddar grilled cheese, local burritos, fresh soups provide much needed respite after a few runs off the Summit Quad.

French cuisine is offered at Chez Henri, a ski-in ski-out French bistro in Sugarbush Village that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Proprietors Henri Borel and Bernard Perillat serve up a unique dining experience of traditional French dishes (onion soup, mussels, fondue), a cozy bar scene, and a veteran staff in a classic bistro atmosphere (complete with Edith Piaf tunes). The French theme continues with Skinny Pancake at the Sunrise Cafe, a Burlington-based creperie that mixes lots of local product into both sweet (read Nutella) and savory (Crepe Monsieur) crepes with side salads and coffee, local beer, and wine.

Fit to be Thai’d, a husband and wife operation serving authentic Thai food (she hails from Thailand), moved into The Sugarbush Inn this season, serving dine-in and take-out Thai cuisine (like crispy spring rolls, crab Rangoon, and curry dishes) five days a week.

The Wunderbar (in Valley House Lodge)—Sugarbush’s original apres ski bar—succeeds in capturing the festive apres spirit of the resort’s early years. Traditional dishes like salads, pulled pork sandwiches and flatbreads combine with a lively bar scene to create a coveted lunch and apres spot.

Castlerock Pub in Gate House Lodge offers close to forty beer varieties, including Vermont craft beers like Heady Topper, Fiddlehead, 14th Star, and Lawson’s Finest. The Pub’s menu is everything beer lovers (and their families) desire—several burger varieties (including Cabot cheddar), Philly cheese steak, fish and chips, wings, nachos and salads.

Wafel Cabins at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen serve up home-made waffles topped with fruits, bacon, chocolate—you name it. One smell tells it all. 

And lastly, Green Mountain Lounge at Mt. Ellen continues doing what it’s been doing for the last fifty years—a big bar, hearty foods like nachos and chilis, live sports on tv, live music on Saturdays, and the renewed tradition of the Cowbell Champagne Party for Mt. Ellen’s annual birthday celebration.


As home to breweries like The Alchemist, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Hill Farmstead Brewery, and Fiddlehead Brewing Company, Vermont has undeniably established itself as a beer destination. Lawson’s Finest Liquids brews right here in Warren (Sean Lawson runs neighboring Mad River Glen’s Naturalist Program), while The Alchemist brews about 25 minutes north along Rt. 100 in Waterbury. These and many other Vermont craft brews are on tap or in bottles at Sugarbush, and add to the flavor of the apres scene. Castlerock Pub, The Wunderbar, Timbers, Skinny Pancake, and Green Mountain Lounge all feature Vermont craft beers—a tour of the various pubs provides a great beer tour for aficionados. You’ll even find specialty beer dinners up at Allyn’s Lodge or in Castlerock Pub throughout the year. Sugarbush’s Brew-Grass Festival occurs in June each year, while Mad River Glen hosts Siptemberfest each September. The Roundup—a Wednesday evening community gathering in the summer behind Waitsfield’s Bridge Street—serves up kegs of local beer (usually Lawson’s Finest) along with live music and local food.

Early Bird Catches the Worm

We’re all familiar with the saying but skiers and riders have taken the meaning to a whole new level. Sugarbush now offers hiking and skinning on select trails both before the lifts start spinning and after they stop every day. Skinners can enjoy grabbing first tracks before lifts open after they earn they turns. Don’t feel like making the trek? Mt. Ellen opens daily at 8:00 AM for those looking to grab a few early morning runs before work. Lincoln Peak offers the Early Ups Add-On, where passholders can add early lift privileges to their passes on weekends and holidays for those fresh tracks. The Lincoln Limo Cabin Cat is also available for Cabin Cat Fresh Tracks with cat-accessed skiing before the lifts open.

Ski School’s Not Just For Kids

We like to say that you’re never too old or too good to take a lesson. The Sugarbush Ski & Ride School looks to provide skiers and riders of all ages and abilities the tools they need to better themselves. Along with private and group lessons, adults can take advantage of the Essential Elements programs. Essential Elements for Women is a season-long modern ski experience designed just for the ladies while Essential Elements: Adventure focuses on exploring Sugarbush’s legendary terrain in with a passionate group of people. Other Essential Elements programs include All Mountain Riders Camp, Boomers, Breakthrough, Ski Mountaineers, and Black Diamond Club.

For those just starting out, the award-winning First Timer to Life Timer program returns offering three beginner lessons with a season pass awarded upon completion. Of course there’s plenty for kids too. Seasonal programs for ages 3-18, private and group lessons, and day care are all offered.

More Than Just Skiing and Riding

Sugarbush is more than just a ski resort. For those less interested in skiing, both Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley offer plenty of non-skiing activities for the whole family. The Valley boasts two cross-country skiing or snowshoeing facilities as well as a skating rink, all just a few minutes drive away. Historic Bridge St. in Waitsfield is a picturesque street complete with covered bridges, local shops and cafes and galleries. There are also numerous restaurants from Relais & Chateaux at the Pitcher Inn to the locals favorite Mad Taco, and everything in between.

Back at Sugarbush, there are several snowshoe trails available around the resort for those who don’t wish to ski. Sunset Groomer Rides in the Lincoln Limo Cabin Cat are offered on weekends and holidays as a great way to enjoy views from the top of the mountain without having to hop on a chairlift. The Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center offers indoor pool and hot tub, fitness room, tennis courts, rock gym, kids zone, and more.