Frequently Asked QuestionsLife is better in the Mad River Valley and Sugarbush is committed to becoming better each year. Furthermore we strive to make you and you children better at whatever it is they wish to pursue. Parents come to Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley to relax, have fun, and further excel at what they love doing, while spending quality time with their loved ones. Our mission is to eliminate the “hassle factor” of planning a vacation by making it as easy as possible to come here and enjoy your stay. Our Vacation Sales representatives (1-800-53-SUGAR) are ready to answer all your questions, but here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
- Good places to stay
- What to do
- Family programs
- Day Care
- What if I need medial attention?
- Rainy day fun
- Good places to eat
Where’s a good place to stay?Most families prefer to stay in condominiums on or near the mountain. Our Clay Brook Residences are perfect for families of all sizes. Completed in December 2006, Clay Brook is only steps away from the trails of Lincoln Peak, has valet or self-service underground parking, a concierge to help you arrange your activities, an outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, a children’s game room and a fitness center. Clay Brook also features Timbers Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (hours vary by season). Additionally there is a full selection of resort condominiums near the mountain that can be booked online. There are other condominium selections as well as many fine inns located throughout the Mad River Valley – they too may be in our lodging guide.
What’s there to do in the summer?Truth be known, there’s more going on up here in the summer than the winter. On the hill check out our lift-served mountain biking, our 800’ zipline, hiking trails, scenic lift rides, our two 18-hole disc golf courses or our bounce house obstacle course. Just down the road you’ll find the Sugarbush Health & Racquet Club, featuring indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming, racquetball, cardio equipment, a rock wall and more. And at the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., you can always play a round or get your game on target with PGA Pro RJ Austin, you’ll find Icelandic horseback rides, glider flights, shopping in the historic villages of Warren & Waitsfield, hiking and biking (mountain and road), canoeing and kayaking, music and art festivals, and a dozen easy day trips to consider. Don’t forget one of Vermont’s most popular attractions: The Ben & Jerry’s factory 30 minutes away in Waterbury. And the entire month of August is the Vermont Festival of the Arts.
What programs do you have for families?Our Adventure Learning Center, led by extreme ski pioneer John Egan, features a kids’ Mountain Bike Adventure Camp and a kids’ Adventure Camp with a broader range of activities, as well as mountain bike lessons, clinics, and guide services for all ages and abilities. At the Sugarbush Health and Racquet Club kids will find a more traditional, week-long day camp with activities, field trips and more. And the pros at the tennis or golf schools are always ready to help all ages and abilities improve their swing, whether it’s on the green, the courts or the tees. All lessons, camps, clinics and programs should be reserved in advance.
Do you have day care for infants and toddlers?The Sugarbush Day School is located in Sugarbush Village next to the Lincoln Peak base area. It is a fully licensed, clean, safe and nurturing environment for kids ages 6 months to 6 years. Open M-F during the summer.
Where do we go for medical attention?Dr. Fran Cook operates a family practice in Waitsfield (496-3838). For emergencies or on-mountain accidents, Sugarbush operates fully-staffed clinics at the base of Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen during ski season. The nearest hospital (40 minute drive) is the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, VT (a member of the Dartmouth Hitchcock alliance). Fletcher Allen Health Center (1 hour drive) is in Burlington, VT (affiliated with the University of Vermont Medical School).
Is there something to do in bad weather?The Sugarbush Health and Racquet Club is a fully-equipped health club with an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, cardio and weight machines, rock-climbing gym, yoga/fitness classes, and indoor tennis, racquetball, & squash courts. The historic villages of Warren and Waitsfield have many interesting boutiques and galleries for every taste. Movie theaters are found in Waitsfield, Montpelier, Barre and Burlington. Dozens of popular attractions are within an hour’s drive.
Do you offer babysitting?Sugarbush does not offer babysitting services, nor do we pre-qualify babysitters, however we have an updated list of people who have told us they are available for babysitting. Call the Clay Brook front desk (583-6822) for a copy of the list.
Where do we go to eat?Virtually every restaurant in the Mad River Valley welcomes children and many have a kids’ menu. Some of the favorites for families are American Flatbread (pizza), Big Picture, Terra Rossa (Italian) and Sugarbush's Hogan’s Pub at the golf course (lunch). For quieter dining without the kids, try the Pitcher Inn, Timbers, the 1824 House, The Green Cup or The Common Man. Check out our "Dining Guide."