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Valley House Double Replaced
The Valley House Double--originally installed in 1960—has been replaced with a new, Doppelmayr Fixed-Grip Quad. The entire location of the lift has also been reconfigured: the base of the lift has been moved down closer to Super Bravo Express Quad and Gate House Lodge. The new lift terminus has also moved down--below Valley House Traverse--eliminating the intersection of people off-loading from the lift with those skiing and riding across the Traverse. The new lift increases uphill capacity from 748 to 1800 people per hour and cuts the ride time to approximately eight minutes. This is also the first lift at Sugarbush to utilize a conveyor loading belt. The Valley House Quad will help alleviate any lift lines in the base area and provide a reliable back-up lift to Super Bravo Express Quad.
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 Head Chef Todd Dibkey calls “world cuisine with a Vermont twist.” Dibkey’s background includes stints in Alaska, Asia, Hawaii, and Italy, and his menu—which includes items like sweet potato empanadas and coconut chicken satay-- reflects that.
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 wine 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.
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 Shaks 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. Specialty Beer Dinners featuring a specific brewer are scheduled throughout the season at Castlerock Pub, and beer tours run this Christmas week and in the spring and fall through the local Chamber of Commerce. 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.
Snowshoeing, Uphill Skinning, and Mountaineering
In the last few years, Sugarbush has expanded outdoor-activity offerings beyond their traditional ski and ride programs. Guided Outback, Twillight, and Photography Outback Snowshoe Tours are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and on holidays for guests ages nine and up. Tours make their way through Slide Brook Basin--a 2,000 acre wilderness area that is home to black bear, moose, deer, coyote, bobcat, fisher, ermine, owl, turkey, and woodpecker. Twilight tours start with a chairlift ride up Gate House Lift and make their way down through the woods, observing the tracks and sounds of a variety of indigenous animals. (Tours can occur in hiking boots when Mother Nature does not cooperate.)
Sugarbush has been known for its Mountaineering Blazers—a seasonal program for kids that teaches backcountry touring and survival skills. Kids spend every weekend with their coaches, learning to skin, build an igloo, how to use a compass, and prepare for overnight winter-hiking. This year Sugarbush added Essential Elements: Ski Mountaineers for adults, a four-lesson program providing black diamond level skiers with the basic skills necessary to begin their backcountry journey.
The mountain recently changed its uphill travel policy to permit uphill travelers to skin at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen once the mountain opens for the season (and conditions allow). The mountain designates certain trails that hikers/skinners can travel on safely (before and after daily operations), determined by the daily grooming schedule. Uphill travelers are required to register at Guest Services for a free pass, and read and adhere to the mountain’s uphill travel policy.