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There are a lot of interesting people at Sugarbush, and the good news is most of them have something to say. Check out our latest blog posts including Win's Word, written by our President Win Smith, Stoke Exchange, Sugarbush Living, and more.

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Change Is

Some like to say that change is good or bad, but the most important thing to know is that change happens regardless of our perceptions. Change is. 

The big change this week is we're letting passholders get a sneak peek on the season tomorrow and Friday at 9AM is the official Opening Day for everyone. A nice run of record cold temps last week and continued cold have allowed to move up opening and make a ton of snow at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen. 

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Conversion Conditions

Wintery temps have dominated this week and we've been converting large quantities of water and air into snow as fast and far as we can. I've seen 25 seasons start at Sugarbush and it seems like snow production is happening more quickly than ever before. 

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Win's Word

The Peter Pan Diet

Baby Boomers like me have a “Peter Pan Complex”.  We never want to get old, and we actually believe that we may not.

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Temp Time

In case you missed it last Friday, we got our first real snow in the mountains, with a few inches falling at the summits. Even though October snow is usually ephemeral, there is something special about waking up to that initial fresh coating.  

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Peak Stick

This has been a very warm October, with summery temps even into this week. The heat did seem to delay the colors a bit, but it couldn't stop the change and we had some very bright trees and hillsides to peep for the last few weeks. As usual though, the transformation between peak foliage and peak stick seasons is the fastest one of the whole year. 

Not many people know about peak stick season yet, that's because it is a new phrase coined by Chef Adam of the Common Man. As an obviously under-appreciated time of the year, we're rolling with it and expect a very busy stick season. Make your reservations now. ;)

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Count Up

While we saw the first flakes and a rime icing at the summits Monday into Tuesday, we are enjoying another stretch of warmer than average temps and blue skies this week. The post-peak pleasantries have kept the views brightly colorful though and outdoor adventures are still great fun. 

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Sugarbush Living

Community Day Recap

Community Day is a way for longtime, new, and prospective members of the community to come together and experience everything from guided hikes, keg tosses, a football tournament, a pancake breakfast, face painting, pumpkin carving, and more. Sunny skies and warm temperatures welcomed another great weekend for mountain biking, golf, and even swimming in the Mad River.

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Peak Streak

After Community Day and the conclusion of summer mountain activities, there is a distinct turn towards winter in our work. But as the leaves light up the hillsides, autumn's apex continues. Outdoor adventures are still peaking in the Mad River Valley and even though the snowguns are set to run in less than 20 days, we're excited for a lot more fall fun. 

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Color Full

Although we are enjoying continued warm summery weather, autumn's culmination is here. Some have noted that the foliage seems muted this year, and there are certainly cool pockets, but even so, the colors are full in many places and there are plenty of sweet spots. The extended late heat saved a lot of gardens and farms, allowing corn, tomatoes and other crops to fully ripen, after June's cool rains delayed sprouting and early growth. Good blossoming in May and a sunny finish has also meant that the apple crop is legendary this year. Be sure to sample some of the harvest.   

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Community Coming Together

This weekend is one of my favorites of the year. Often it is peak foliage, and many members of our community come together for a long weekend in the Valley.

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Sugarbush Living

Experience Sugarbush Living Package

Have you thought of making the Mad River Valley your home away from home? World-class skiing in the winter, cool and relaxing summers, and astounding fall foliage makes Sugarbush the perfect location for year round vacations.

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Leaf Line

The late hot spell has finally snapped, providing a nice cap to a summer that wasn't all that warm. We've still got a sweet forecast for the next 10 days or more, with some ideal early fall weather and only a couple chances for precipitation. One of those chances is early Saturday morning when temps are supposed to bottom out in the mid-30's in the Valley. Any self-respecting skier or rider knows what this might mean. The bathing suits are still drying on the rack and we're already looking at a little taste of winter at the summits.

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Fall In

Despite the continuing heat wave, summer officially ends today. The fall colors are right on time though and developing minute to minute. 

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Aug-tober

While the leaves won't peak for a few more weeks, the current mix of late summer weather and advance fall foliage is a pinnacle all its own. Meandering through the Mad River Valley right now is a treat for the senses, complete with vivid visuals, creaking crickets, autumnal aromas and full flavors. 

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Summer's Ghosts

The spiritual end of summer is Labor Day, but the ghosts of warm weather, wildflowers and garden harvests are still sneaking around. The rivers, ponds and lakes haven't even gotten super cold yet. Well, they aren't any colder than they normally are. Some of the shady tributaries still feel like snowmelt in the middle of August. 

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