While many come to Sugarbush in the winter for some of the best skiing & riding in the east, that's just a small part of what this community has to offer. Tour a historic farm, visit an art gallery or go cross-country skiing; there's something worth doing every day of the year.
Winter Valley Activities
Snowshoeing in the woods is a great way to experience the quiet, to see signs of wildlife, and get great exercise during winter. There are two ways to enjoy Sugarbush woods on snowshoes: either self-guided access to designated terrain or guided tours into Slide Brook Basin.
Outback Guided Snowshoe Tours
Our Outback Guides lead snowshoe adventures into Slide Brook Basin, home territory of black bear, moose, deer, coyote, bobcat, fisher, ermine, owl, turkey, & woodpecker. Tours through the basin are physically warming and mentally stimulating as natural features found in passing give clues to the lives of Slide Brook’s inhabitants. Though actual critter sightings are rare, trekkers will learn to interpret tracks, scarred trees, nipped branches, and to recognize the sounds in the forest. - Ages 13+ - 2.5-3 hrs - Meeting place: The Farmhouse (skier services building) - Under 18 yrs requires release signed by parent/guardian. - Snow boots required. Layered clothing and daypack recommended. - Conditions permitting. - Customized tours are available.
Self Guided Snowshoeing on Marked Trails
Explore marked trails at both Sugarbush locations: - Lincoln Peak: Gate House Snowshoe Trail, Warren House Trail, & Village Woods Trail - Mount Ellen: Lockwood Loop Trail, with a second trail under development Sugarbush Self-Guided Snowshoe Trail Maps are also available at Guest Services, the Ski & Ride Schoolhouse, Lodging, and Rental Shops.
Cross Country Skiing
Ole's Cross Country Center
The combination of snow and scenery at Ole's Cross Country Center in the Mad River Valley is perfect for skiing and snowshoeing. Discover 30 miles (45 K) of moderately rolling trails groomed for classic skiing and ski skating. Skiers of all abilities can ski to panoramic views of Sugarbush or into the rare quiet of deep woods.
Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center
Beginner to expert. All trails are skating width and set with a single track and are engineered and graded for the average skiers' comfort and enjoyment. Snowfarming on all trails, though minimal snow is made, as natural snow is creatively moved around for maximum coverage. Dogs welcome.
Ice fishing is popular and a lot of fun. Each winter thousands of anglers venture onto Vermont’s frozen lakes seeking pan fish for the dinner table as well as trophy-size lake trout and northern pike.
You can rent ice skates at Clearwater Sports, Route 100, Waitsfield, (496-2708). There is ice skating at the Skatium in Waitsfield, an outdoor community arena open to the public. Located next to Shaw's Waitsfield.
Summer Valley Activities
Hiking and Mountain Biking
Sugarbush Resort is located in the heart of the Green Mountains and spans through the Long Trail system. You can start your trek from bottom of Lincoln Peak or Mt. Ellen, take the chair lift up to Allyn’s Lodge or park your car at the top of the Lincoln Gap or the Appalachian Gap, and start your adventure from there. Within a half hour drive you can also access trails to hike Camels Hump and Burnt Rock. Along with premier hiking, the Mad River Valley boasts wonderful mountain biking, walking and lower elevation hiking trails managed by the Mad River Riders - Vermont Mountain Bike Association (42 miles) and the Mad River Path Association (8 miles).