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Candice White, Vice President of Communications and Brand Management
John Bleh, Communications Supervisor
Culinary Delights at Sugarbush
Timbers Restaurant is the signature dining establishment of Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT. The menu focuses on showcasing local farms and includes dishes like Wood Mountain Fish Seared Ahi, Fried Misty Knoll Chicken Caesar Salad, Vermont Family Farm Pork Cut, and Kohlrabi and Artichoke Salad, in addition to a selection of dry-aged steaks. The restaurant was fashioned after a 19th-century round dairy barn with post and beam construction and is just steps away from the chairlift.
Castlerock Pub is the perfect place to take a break during a day of skiing and warm up with one of the best beer selections a ski resort can offer. Beers on tap include local favorites like Heady Topper, Fiddlehead, 14th Star, and many others. The better-than-bar-food menu features Vermont Farm-Raised Burgers with Cabot cheddar cheese, Kale Caesar Salads, and Spicy Catfish Tacos.
Allyn's Lodge provides the perfect venue for a candle-lit gourmet feast right on the mountain. A typical meal includes appetizers, entree, wine, and coffee with a heavy emphasis on local foods. An example menu might include Vermont cheese fondue followed by a butternut squash bisque studded with toasted pumpkin seeds, and pork shoulder with herbed-butter asparagus and roasted-red-pepper gnocchi. Following dinner, guests can ski down under the moonlight taking in the commanding views, or ride the cabin cat back to the base.
Sugarbush continues to invest in improvements at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen. This year, the resort spent more than $1 million on both mechanical and electrical upgrades to the lifts. The resort also invested $1.8 million in snowmaking equipment, completing a five-year, $5 million capital project that saw upgrades in snowmaking at both mountains. Over the summer, crews installed 351 new Snowlogic, HKD, and Ratnik snowguns, and made significant improvements to infrastructure, replacing a variety of pipes, pumps, valves, and compressors. The resort also replaced its winch cat with a new Pisten Bully 600 to improve the eight groomer "elite fleet". Parking for busy days has been expanded to create 450 new parking spaces. Permitting continues on a new Valley House lift with plans to install in the summer of 2015. All told, the resort invested $4.5 million this year in Sugarbush's infrastructure.
Sugarbush is an active member of the NSAA's Climate Challenge, an intricate carbon-footprint measuring system that assists resort's in meeting their green goals. Over the past five years, the resort has invested over $5 million in energy-efficient snowmaking including $1.8 million for the upcoming season to purchase 351 Snowlogic, HKD, and Ratnik snowguns. This capital project won a Green Mountain Award through VSAA for Best Efficiency Snowmaking Upgrade last season. All off-road vehicles (including groomers) run on a biodiesel blend. Sugarbush also works closely with the Mad Bus, the Mad River Valley's free seasonal bus service, to provide free public transportation during the winter for guests and employees.
The resort annually recycles on average more than 112 tons of recyclable materials and currently composts over 13 tons of food waste per year with significant increases since 2010. Sugarbush purchases 100% post-consumer recycled paper products, eco-friendly cleaning supplies in bulk, and uses non-toxic parts for the vehicle and lift maintenance shops. Timbers Restaurant, Sugarbush's signature dining establishment, is a member of 1% For the Planet and donated over $10,000 to the Vermont Land Trust's Bragg Farm project. In 2012, the resort received the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for developing and implementing one of the first successful water quality remediation plans in Vermont to correct stormwater runoff issues, and continues with its water quality remediation efforts around the resort.
Partnership with Mad River Glen
Sugarbush continues to partner with neighboring ski resort Mad River Glen on a variety of offerings. The Threesome College Pass provides skiers with access to both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush as well as Mad River Glen. For an additional $80, For20s pass holders at Sugarbush can gain access to Mad River Glen midweek. Throughout the season the two ski areas also host events together including the Big Kicker in November and the Warren Fourth of July Parade. The three mountains are spread out over the same 9 miles of ridgeline with very short drives separating their base areas; Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen are connected by the Slide Brook Express chairlift.
U.S. Ski Team member and Olympian Nolan Kasper is a sponsored athlete of Sugarbush and grew up in the Mad River Valley. He was the top U.S. slalom finisher at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. Sugarbush is also home to the alpine training facility of the Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS). A world-class ski academy, GMVS's alpine training program produces some of the finest ski racers in the country. GMVS has placed numerous athletes on the US Ski team since its inception in 1973, many of whom obtained World Cup podium finishes and Olympic medals. Adventure Skier and Warren Miller Film Star John Egan is on-staff at Sugarbush and available for private lessons and cat skiing adventures. World Cup Champion Freestyler David Babic skis at Sugarbush with his family, and offers occasional freestyle camps and consultation to Sugarbush's freestyle team. U.S. Telemark Ski Team member Mark Haberle is also a sponsored athlete at Sugarbush and his hometown is Waitsfield, VT.