Seasonal Programs Family Page

Welcome to the Sugarbush Ski & Ride School seasonal programs 2014-2015! We are excited to get the programs underway and look forward to a winter full of adventure and learning on the snow.

Programs begin this Saturday, December 13th, with the exception of the Diamond Dogs competition team (already underway) and Mt Ellen Blazers (start date January 4th). We will have plenty of staff on hand to direct you to the appropriate meeting areas, and we appreciate your participation in the first two weekends of the program so that we can solidify groups.

For your convenience, our Season Pass Office (located in the lower level of the Farmhouse) will be open until 9:00 pm on Friday, December 12th. Please pick up your child’s season pass and food pass if you have not already done so.

Micro Blazer participants (ages 3-4) in the half and full day programs will check in at The Schoolhouse. Staff is available to welcome our youngest skiers and riders after 8:30 am.

Mini Blazers (ages 5-6) will meet adjacent to the Gate House lift next to the stone wall of the Farmhouse. Coaches will be waiting to meet the groups from 9:15 am onwards. Groups will move to the lifts at 9:30 am.

New this season, Adventure Blazer groups 1-29 will meet along the stone wall behind the Gate House Lodge. Coaches will be available to meet students at 9:15 am and will move to the lifts promptly at 9:30 am.

Adventure Blazer groups 30–42 will meet near the Super Bravo Lift, alongside our Mountain Operations building. Again, coaches will be available from 9:15 am and groups will move to the lift at 9:30 am.

Ski Mountaineers (formerly Mountaineering Blazers) will meet at the fire pit on the patio at the side of the Gate House lodge at 8:45 am, and be ready to ride the lift at 9:00 am. Coach Rick Hale has already been in touch with participants, but please remember to bring a small pack for water and food as well as a backcountry repair/safety kit. If you need help preparing climbing skins, he is able to assist with this also.

The Diamond Dogs freestyle development team will begin their training this weekend alongside the competition team. Head Coach Joey Normandeau has been in touch with all participants and we look forward to having both teams over at Lincoln Peak, working on their all-mountain skills and putting on a show in the Hollywood Terrain Park.

Adventure Blazers and Ski Mountaineers will be having lunch in the Blazer Room of the Valley House Lodge again this season. Mini Blazers will also take their breaks in the Blazer Room if they are riding the Super Bravo lift. Packed lunches can be left on the hooks in the Blazer Room in the morning for your kids to collect when their groups come in.

Half-day Micro Blazers finish at 12:00 pm. All full-day Blazer programs finish for the day at 3:00 pm. Please come to the respective meeting areas to pick up your child.

Plan to join us later at 4:00 pm in the Blazer Room of the Valley House for our annual Kick Off reception. This is a great opportunity for you to chat with the coaches and meet other families in the program. We will serve Hors D’oeuvres and the Wunderbar will be open for après-ski beverages.

We have received TWENTY INCHES OF NEW SNOW since Wednesday, and we are opening terrain all over the mountain. Castlerock Lift began spinning this morning, we plan to open Gate House lift on Friday, and we may very well have 100% of the terrain at Lincoln Peak open by the weekend.
May the season start strong and be long!

Jill Wilkinson
Seasonal Programs Manager

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