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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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Peak Light

The days around the solstice feel the most magical of the whole summer. The rush of spring clean-ups has passed, the fresh green growth is in full bloom and the sunsets seem to last until dawn starts to break again. This payback for the dark days of December is real and must be heartily embraced. Bank some Vitamin D, stay up late and get up early to maximize the season. 

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Summer Better

Some are good, but summer's better at Sugarbush. Only about a month ago, we were just saying goodbye to winter and already it's deep into the warm season. 

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Trail Blazers

With summer here in full force, we've been getting ready for our second favorite season. Already celebrating a month open, the Sugarbush Golf Club is in fine shape, with lush growth from the abundant sunshine and clean lines from the grounds crew. 

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Fresh Fun

After a long cold winter, it is not surprising that the high ridges are still holding some snow and the conclusion of leaf-out is a few more weeks away at the summits. Meanwhile, the valley floor has almost reached its full mid-summer jungle-like splendor. The farmers have even got a first mowing done already. 

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Spring Up

Although there are a few more weeks of earn-your-turns skiing and riding, the end of the lift-served season marks a significant switch. Green-out is a couple weeks behind normal still and while the remaining snowpack is remarkable, Spring will not be denied.

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Bright Side

Wow and wow. Winter 2017-2018 isn't over yet, but some recognition is deserved for a truly remarkable bookend season. The last month and half have had some ups and downs, but the ups have been way way up and the downs, not so bad. From deep powder in March to a fully extended snowy April session, conditions have been legendary.

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