Life is better in the Mad River Valley and Sugarbush is committed to becoming better each year. Furthermore, we strive to make you and your 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:
Where’s a good place to stay?
Most families prefer to stay in condominiums on or near the mountain. Our new Clay Brook Residences are perfect for families of all sizes. Completed in December 2006, Clay Brook is only steps away from the lifts, has valet or self service underground parking, ski and boot valet services, 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 that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, there is a wide selection of other condominiums near the mountain that can be booked online. Many fine inns are located in the Mad River Valley – they too may be found on our website. For families who prefer more traditional hotel/inn services, the Sugarbush Inn is close to the mountain and offers access to the Sugarbush Health and Racquet Club (indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, massage, & more) as part of the package. Some of the rooms can be made into suites for additional members of the family.
What programs do you have for families?
Our Adventure Learning Center led by legendary skier, John Egan, has lessons, clinics & camps for every age and ability level, available at both Lincoln Peak base area and in the Mt. Ellen base area. Children’s programs are separated by both age and ability level. Adult programs are based on ability level. There are numerous regularly-scheduled lessons, as well as clinics & camps with limited availability. All programs leave from and return to the same area. Private lessons are available for a single member of the family or any combination of family members. All ALC programs should be reserved in advance.
What about programs for non-skiers/riders?
We also offer guided and self-guided snowshoe tours for those who want to experience the woods off the beaten trail. Ross Greene, Sugarbush’s head tennis pro, runs a winter tennis program at the Sugarbush Health and Racquet Club. There is also an endless list of “self-guided” things to do around the resort and in the Valley.
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 weeks to 6 years. Day Care Cubs is an indoor-only program for the youngest children and for children who do not want to ski/ride. Micro Bears is an on-snow day care program for potty-trained children at least 3 years old, designed to introduce children to the joys of skiing or riding.
What if a member of our family doesn’t want to ski or ride?
There’s horse-drawn sleigh rides, shopping in the historic villages of Warren & Waitsfield, a fully-equipped health club which also includes a staff of massage therapists, 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. Check out this hotspot and more.
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. 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.
What is there to do at night?
There’s lots to do after the lifts close down. Groomer rides take off from the Lincoln Peak base area (talk to Guest Services to reserve a spot), moonlight guided snowshoe tours also book through Guest Services, and during holiday weeks other events are designed for families. Fireworks are held at the Lincoln Peak Base area on New Year's Eve and during the President's Week Holiday.
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 Sugarbush Inn front desk (802-583-6100) 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) and The Grill at the Sugarbush Inn as well as Timbers at Clay Brook. For quieter dining without the kids, try the Pitcher Inn, Timbers, the 1824 House, The Common Man or Chez Henri. Check out our "Dining Guide".
How do we get around?
You won’t need a car once you arrive at Sugarbush. A free shuttle service, called the Mad Bus, operates a regularly scheduled route in and around the resort. It stops at most condominium complexes and the Sugarbush Inn. It also covers the Valley floor. Printed schedules are available in the base areas or at the Sugarbush Inn front desk. The Mad Bus routes and schedule are also available by clicking here (look for the Mad Bus).