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High Times at Ski Club Ten

It was 1959, and Sugarbush was the place to ski in the East. New York City transplants Damon and Sara Gadd, along with 10th Mountain Division member Jack Murphy, had opened the mountain on Christmas Day of the previous year with a three-person Carlevaro-Savio gondola (the first gondola in the U.S.), a T-bar, the Valley House Lodge, and a handful of ski trails. Former Dartmouth ski team member and Harriman Cup winner Peter Estin, a handsome Bostonian of Czechoslovakian origins, was running the Sugarbush Ski School. And all their beautiful and well-heeled friends from New York and Boston were driving to Warren, Vt., every weekend to ski. And to party.

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The Unofficial List of Great Ski Movies

Well friends, we’ve found ourselves in a pretty unique situation here. In a time when you can’t do much but stay at home and make the most of social distancing, what better time to dive into the world of skiing related movies? If you find yourself having a little extra downtime in between work emails and loads of laundry, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some of pretty epic ski/ride movies to shake up the flow of re-watching The Office...

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 9

Bruce Hyde From Mehuron's Market is in the house to discuss their grand reopening. We also get the latest from the Valley Reporter, High Fives Fat Ski-a-Thon, and a nude running club??

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 10

We went from freshies to spring skiing to firming up on the mountains this past week. The gents break down the latest on the mountains, what's happening around the Valley, and catch up with the owners of SugarFish down in Waitsfield...

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Checking in on My 100 Ski Day Goal

I thought it was time to give everyone an update on my ski day goal this year. If you didn't already know, I've publicly made it my goal, for better or worse, to ski 100 days this season. As a man with fluctuating self-motivation, I figured the only way I was going to get to 100 days was to publicly hold myself accountable.

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 8

We took a big risk this week, but I think it was worth it. We finally had the fine gents, Adam White and Travis Bobley on from Ski Vermont, risking a large chunk of our viewer base. This week we caught up on the past weekend, upcoming events, what's new around town, a fun top featuring some of the coolest minds in the MRV, and oh yeah, it was snowing (again). 

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Getting to Know Vermont Adaptive

Pete Apgar learned to ski as a child, long before he lost his vision in his 20s, and Vermont Adaptive was thrilled to help keep him on the mountain after he lost the ability to see. Pete quickly made a smooth transition from skiing by sight, to skiing by feel and with guides calling turns...

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 7

Rick Moulton joins the crew to talk about the history of MRG and the various films he's made throughout the years. Plus the latest news, what's happening on the hills during President's Week, and a brand new segment: "You Know You're in the Mad River Valley When...".

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 6

Snow keeps falling for episode 6. The gents get the latest news from resident reporter, Hadley, take a look behind the scenes of a powder-filled cabin cat experience and chat with Stephane Oyahan, Sugarbush's VP of Food & Beveridge. 

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 5

It's jam-packed this week with a lot of snow talk, best powder trails, a surprise visit from a familiar face, news with Hadley, and special guest Elisa Kivirannafrom from a little local brewery you may or may not heard of: Lawson's Finest Liquids...

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 4

A sunny day at Mad River Glen for episode 4. Behind the scenes at the tune shop, Roll Back the Clock Day, record days, school board news, special guest Margo Wade, and sweets in the Valley!

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 3

The gang's back at it again with a recap of the wild MLK Weekend, breaking news, history lessons, and a whole lot of cheese talk. Mmmm cheese...

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The Sugarbush Intangibles

I am writing to share an excerpt from a letter that I sent to Alterra after participating in the November forum at the Gate House. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the meeting, it was a positive and upbeat session with refreshing candor all the way around...

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I'm a Two-Time U.S. Paralympian and Sugarbush Athlete

My name is Stephen Lawler. I am a two-time U.S. Paralympian and a seven-time member of the U.S. Paralympic Alpine team. I grew up in Burlington, Vermont, and started skiing at the age of 6 at Sugarbush...

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Who is the Kelly Brush Foundation?

20 years ago Kelly Brush was a freshman at Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS), just down the road from Sugarbush Resort. She trained daily on the slopes of Sugarbush, honing her skills as a top ski racer over the next 4 years of high school. Kelly took the skills and confidence she gained from her time in the Valley and brought them to Middlebury College, where she raced on the Division I NCAA Alpine Ski Team...

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Mad River Valley Live: Episode 2

Hey guess what, we didn't get cancelled after one episode! This week we talk about the great food options in the Mehuron's plaza, the latest Valley news, an interview with Lori and Alex Klein, and booze running on Front Forch Forum...

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New Year's Resolution: I'm Finally Going to Ski 100 Days

It's tough to make rounds in the ski world and not eventually have someone ask you, "How many days did you ski last year?" And oh how I loathe that question. I've always been one to think that it's more about the quality of the days you ski rather than the quantity, though truth be told maybe that's my inner fair-weather skier trying to justify my low day counts...

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My Deep History With Sugarbush and the Flyin' Ryan Foundation

My Sugarbush history started in 1958 on a spring trip with my girlfriend. At that time, I was the four-event skier on the Dartmouth ski team and we had wrapped up the season. I had ski patrol credentials and so was skiing as a volunteer patrolman. While skiing under the gondola lift line, I lost an edge and plowed into a tower on the fly. The mishap totally destroyed one ski and I navigated to the bottom on the other one...

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Staying Active With a Toddler

My daughter, Aspen – named for her Fanny Gran’s love of the tree, not the ski resort -- just turned two years old.  Or as she says, “I two. More pupcake, Mama.”  Meaning, she wants to eat more cupcakes.  Unlike last year’s first birthday experience in which she wanted nothing to do with her cake and candle, this birthday she gobbled it up...

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