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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. Some of the farmers have even got a first mowing done already. 


Very verdant on the 2nd tee.


A little of the green dream, with just a hint of snow on Ripcord in the upper right.

Spring fresh fun continues to develop, with near ideal conditions at the Sugarbush Golf Course and on the local biking and hiking trails. Memorial Day weekend is also the traditional opening of higher elevation trails like the Long Trail. Summer lift-served activities will have to wait a bit longer, but it's coming on fast.


A sweet hand-shaped berm by the Sugarbush Parks crew on Witch Hazel. Look for new work on a bunch of trails, including a major redo on Grand Stand. Opening Day is June 23! 


The Warren United Church helped work on the new Chase Brook Town Forest gateway last weekend. If I had a hammer ...

After a very busy clean-up season, it was also really windy this winter, the Mad River Valley trail community has some exciting new projects to share soon too. This Saturday is a big work party at the Chase Brook Town Forest, across from the Fayston School and just downhill from Mt. Ellen, where we're hoping to finish some new "treehouse" ramps onto the bridge and complete a new access trail. This is quickly going to become a Mad River Valley highlight. Stop by and lend a hand to this awesome project. 


Testing a fresh sculpted turn on the new Amenta's Way at Blueberry Lake yesterday. Join the Mad River Riders and USFS to celebrate the opening of the new trail on National Trails Day, June 2nd.  

If you haven't heard yet, 2018 is Sugarbush's 60th Anniversary and we're planning a ton of fun events to commemorate the occasion. The Sugarbush Magazine is dedicated to the birthday and we've been gathering lots of cool historic images.  


Part of the original trail map. We found Jack Murphy's hand-drawn design maps too.

The weekend looks a little damp again, but with a dry window here and there. Make the best use of the tough days to get some things done and be ready to play when the sun returns. We've got a lot of fresh fun to share. Better be here. 

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange