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Open and Loading

Boom ... the wait is over! We're opening this Friday with Valley House Quad and hoping to greatly expand terrain and lifts for the weekend. Expect ungroomed terrain on Friday, with fresh corduroy planned for Saturday.

Winter was right on time this November, with lots of cold air for good snowmaking. Mother Nature has been adding significant accumulation to the mix too. We've gotten over a foot recently and there is more in the forecast. Opening Day may be a powder day, which is always a great way to kick off the season.

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Making Fun

Do you hear that quiet "sssscccchhhhhhhhhhhh" in the air? Music to your ears, too? Yes, Mother Nature's Helper got fired up last night! It might look like we're making snow, but at the core, that's the sound of fun being made. 

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Fall Back

Our early winter kept delivering October snow last week, with decent accumulations at higher elevations. While we are ready to roll right into the cold, November is fickle, the mercury is heading up and we're seeing warm temps to start the month. This has reset the snowmaking countdown, but we're still shooting for a November 17th Opening Day.

While fall is back for a few more days at least, it's time to enjoy the stark beauty of stick season. This is the best time of year for scouting ski and bike terrain, as the vegetation and foliage have settled down and you can see much more widely in the woods.

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Quick Change

The switch from peak foliage to winter can be a gentle slide, like last year, where it stayed warm and sunny into the beginning of November. That is not the progression we are currently experiencing. 

This fall has plunged into cold wet weather quickly, with a couple shots of snow and extended cool temps next week. While not a guarantee, this bodes well for snowmaking starting on-time November 1st and for meeting Opening Day plans for November 17th.

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Fall Flip

Thank you to the entire Sugarbush community for a great weekend of peak foliage, friendly adventures, celebrity celebrations and hearty harvest feasts. Hearing the old stories from some of the original folks who helped get the mountain rolling back in the day was a real highlight.

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Fresh Frame

While it is easy to appreciate the beauty of the Mad River Valley, particularly during this most colorful season, sometimes it takes a new perspective to remember just how special this place is. On Tuesday, we hosted a group of writers and photographers from TGR, Outside, Singletracks and others, showing them around the Valley's trails and highlighting a few special spots, like the Mad Taco and a sneak peak at the new Lawson's brewery complex. 

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Moving Balance

With leaves already changing minute to minute, the equinox falls on this Saturday, officially kicking off autumn in the northern hemisphere. Our most colorful moments are starting. 

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Highs to Lows

We're reveling in one last stretch of summery weather before this week's low temps become our high temps next week. The juxtaposition of seasons is wild, we are still swimming comfortably in the river now and it commonly snows for the first time about month or so from now.

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Fall Zone

We've been expecting summer's grasp to weaken for a couple weeks, but another heat wave has continued to keep things muggy. That's all changing today, with cooler air moving in right now. From highs in the 90's this week to the distinct possibility of frost on the summits Saturday night, we're ready for the fall zone. 

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Tipping Time

This week's late summer heat wave finally broke last night and deliciously cool air poured into the Valley on the tail end of the thunderstorms. We went from full sweat standing still yesterday to needing a light coat this morning. While the weekend looks super pleasant, the seasonal tipping time is close. 

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Summer Summit

Three of our four official seasons tend to reach their peak late in their cycles, only fall is an early bloomer. Summer's summit comes when the temps and humidity mellow, the gardens and wildflowers are exploding, and everything just feels right. 

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Water Colors

The hot hazy humid days of late summer can feel like you're swimming damply through the thick air, but thankfully we've got plenty of remedies, like jumping in the water or climbing the mountain for some cooler air. We love our brooks, ponds and the river, and this time of year, you'll see cars parked in weird places all over the Valley as we head to the water spots. The upper elevations can provide relief too and there is the added bonus of gravity and speed-induced breezes to help on the way back down.

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Illustrious August

Despite its venerable name, August is a bittersweet month. Summer is in full sway, but Labor Day looms just over the horizon. The days are still long and warm, although a few cool nights and some early foliage are clear reminders of what's to come soon.

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Sugar High

From fields bursting with wildflowers and huge hauls of blueberries and raspberries to sublime swimming spots and always awesome adventures, the peak high of sweet summer in the Mad River Valley is here. The promised rains have also returned and we're almost looking as green as usual again.

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Sun Daze

We've been enjoying what feels like a couple months of nearly uninterrupted sunshine and while we really need some rain, the weather has been ideal for outdoor adventures and fun. However, Sunday's projected pattern change looks like next week may be better for greening up gardens and fungi foraging than for brown pow riding and hiking. 

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Summer Dreams

You know when you miss a big storm in the winter and everybody is raving about how awesome it just was? That's how you might be feeling if you missed the last week in the Mad River Valley, not for the powder snow, but for the dreamy summer fun. 

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Celebration Station

With the Frendly Gathering minutes away from kick-off and the 4th of July just a few days away, we're putting on our party gear and getting ready to dance. Frendly has proven itself to be a great music fest, with a successful run last year even with 3 days of pouring rain. The weekend forecast is much more conducive for outdoor fun and we're excited to show off Mt. Ellen and and the Mad River Valley in all their summer glory. 

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