Maple sugaring usually starts on a warm February or March day, a tease of spring, before we settle back in for some more winter. Prime corn snow skiing and riding usually accompany the beginning of syrup production, making these moments extra sweet.READ MORE. . .
In case you weren't clear, skiing and riding are all about love. From families to friends, the mountains help keep us together. Gravity's power is mysterious like love too. We still have much to learn about these fundamental forces.READ MORE. . .
Our groomers and snowmakers got us through the brief winterlude in late January, while February has just dawned and it's already living up to its snowy reputation. A couple of recent refresher systems did a nice job of covering the base layer in most places and the turns are back to mid-winter glory throughout the resort.READ MORE. . .
You may have heard that the ski world lost two pioneers recently, Joe Brooks Dodge Jr. and Warren Miller. Dodge grew up in the shadow of New Hampshire's Mt. Washington and laid first tracks on many of its most famous runs, including Dodge's Drop, a rock-lined 50 degree couloir near Tuckerman Ravine. Dodge inspired countless skiers with his adventures, among them, one John Egan, who went on to claim first tracks of his own in mountain ranges around the world.READ MORE. . .
When winter weather winds between arctic and sub-tropical, it brings out a defiant attitude in eastern skiers and riders. While we prefer softer turns, the simple act of sliding on snow is all it takes to get the smile muscles firing. We've perfected the art of making the most out of what we have, even when it isn't much. This fun frugality means conditions aren't what make a ski day, it's what's inside us that counts.READ MORE. . .
Last week's warm-up was short, but still packed a punch. The temp swing was wild, with nearly 70 degrees of change over the course of 24 hours. The temp gradients were equally weird, at one point it was 62 in Waitsfield and 42 in Moretown. When these types of weather challenges happen, it's the snowmakers and groomers that put it back together. The difference from immediately post-thaw to now is amazing and it's only been a few days.READ MORE. . .
We're cresting a peak right now, finishing up a long stretch of great snow and colder than average temps, in case you hadn't noticed. Conditions are excellent throughout the resort, with everything from buttery smooth groomers and creative terrain parks to long soft bump lines and fresh stashes hiding in plain sight.READ MORE. . .
Winter 2017-2018 is off to a very fresh start and only looks to improve, at least in the near term. Between today's new snow, tomorrow's winter weather advisory and continuing chances for wintery accumulations next week, we're building natural and snowmaking bases to record levels for this time of year.READ MORE. . .
Here we are, in the middle of the holiday week, every trail is open, base depths are solid, the snow is great and the sun is out ... so what's the issue? Oh, it's a little cold.READ MORE. . .
Winter kicked up several notches this week, with a sweet storm that is still dropping flakes and some truly cold temps forecast for the next 3-4 days. This combo is allowing us to quickly open new terrain at Lincoln Peak and to get ready for Mt Ellen's opening on December 22.READ MORE. . .
Yesterday's warm weather and rain was a common early season setback, but it didn't erase all the natural snow, let alone the more durable machine-made layers. Looking ahead, we've got considerably colder temps and a few short shots of snow in the forecast.READ MORE. . .
From deep winter cold and productive mountain squalls to sunny warm days and high-blowing winds, we've been in an active weather pattern recently. Today's forecast is illustrative of this trend, starting bright and calm with temps in the 40s and ending with clouds, temps in the teens and snow.READ MORE. . .
With Thanksgiving only a few hours away, we're counting our blessings and carving tasty turns. Today marks a big jump in open terrain too, with top to bottom trails at Lincoln Peak.READ MORE. . .
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.READ MORE. . .
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.READ MORE. . .
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.READ MORE. . .
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. ;)READ MORE. . .