Winter at Sugarbush
Sugarbush’s encompasses close to 600 skiable acres spread across 139 trails and wooded areas and two mountains – Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen.
At Lincoln Peak you’ll see a base area built in the Vermont vernacular of a charming 18 th century village with farm houses, school houses, and the like. Don’t mistake the old charm for inconvenience though; these buildings boast all the modern amenities one could ask for at a ski resort: slopeside hotel with pool and hot tubs, restaurants, ski valet, both adult and child ski school facilities, rental and gear shops, and more. The truly adventurous can partake in of Sugarbush’s premier offerings, Cabin Cat Adventures. First Tracks, Sunset Groomer Rides, and Allyn’s Lodge Dinners are just some of the cabin cat activities to try.
Meanwhile, at Mt. Ellen, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time with a classic base lodge that’s been around since it opened over fifty years ago. The old school New England base lodge beckons to our nostalgia for skiing before escalators, heated seats, and free wifi. The best part about the two vastly different mountains is that they’re connected via chairlift, as well as shuttle bus, and sandwich the Slide Brook Basin, with over 2000 acres of backcountry available. And if you’re feeling like you need to tune your skills? Both mountains offer lessons and programs through the Sugarbush Ski & Ride School.
Sugarbush has become a culinary destination that offers both hyper-local-Vermont as well as international cuisine. From classic ski bars to fireside mid-mountain dining, the resort offers a wide variety of dining options. Rumble’s Kitchen offers fresh, American cuisine in a fun atmosphere, while après ski bars Castlerock Pub and Wunderbar at Lincoln Peak and Green Mountain Lounge at Mt. Ellen offer plenty of local beers, hearty foods, and occasional life music. Additional dining options include The Skinny Pancake serving sweet and savory local crepes, Fit to be Thai’d serving authentic Thai cuisine, and the Wafel Cabin with homemade waffles.
When you’re ready to get off the slopes you’ll find plenty of alternative entertainment. Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the quiet, see signs of wildlife and get exercise in winter. For indoor exercise, the Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center provides pools, hot tubs, fitness center, rock gym, ball courts, sauna, and more.
But perhaps the most interesting part of Sugarbush is its location. The Mad River Valley is located almost dead center in Vermont, about an hour from Burlington, and it’s not your typical ski town. You won’t find any fast-food chains or stop lights in the entire Valley, but you will find numerous local artisans, restaurants, farmers, and shops. Though Sugarbush has both lodging and dining options, including plenty of culinary events and specials, the resort encourages its guests to get out and discover the community. The saying goes that people come for the mountains and stay for the Valley.