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A Busy July 4th

Was it because the Fourth of July fell on a Thursday or because the weather was spectacular that the Valley was rocking last week? Maybe it was both. More people parked their cars in our parking lot and rode the buses down to Warren. In fact, nearly 1,800 people hitched a ride on the bus on July 4th...

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Symbols of Freedom

​The Fourth of July is upon us, as well as the eclectic Warren parade, and this year’s theme is “Symbols of Freedom”. Sugarbush will have its own float in the parade and our theme will be freedom to explore – the freedom to choose your own adventure any time of the year...

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Summer Solstice

One of the most depressing days of the summer to some is this Friday, the summer solstice.  We eagerly await summer after the dark winter days and often wet and cool spring ones, and then it arrives with the longest day of the year.  So just after we get to 6/21, the daylight hours already start to get shorter...

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Into Our New Courtyard

This weekend is our 9th annual Brew-Grass Festival featuring over 20 Vermont craft beers, some good local food, and entertainment.  This will be the first major event in our newly renovated Lincoln Peak Courtyard.  While it is not finished entirely, one will be able to get a great feel for what it will be...

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My Thanks for an Incredible 60th Season

Recently, Lili and I traveled to San Diego for the annual National Ski Areas Association conference and then to Omaha, Nebraska for the annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting. Unfortunately, that meant that I missed the final two days of the season and have ended up with 148 days on the slopes (so far) rather than my goal of 150. I say “so far” because I might still slip away in the next several weeks for a couple of days to either Killington, California or Utah where there is still lift accessed skiing to be had...
 

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Historic 60th

Although the Sugarbush ski and ride season is coming to an end, there is much to celebrate from our historic 60th season.

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A Tale of Two Snow Conditions

Once again it was a tale of two snow conditions last week. We saw wonderful skiing and riding midweek and then rain came in and messed everything up.  Saturday was probably the worst day of the year...

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Sunshine and Soft Snow Bring the People

Last week had a crummy start but as the week progressed conditions improved, and we ended up with a really nice Saturday and most of the day on Sunday. Saturday demonstrated that when the sun shines and the snow softens, many people are still eager to ski and ride, despite the fact that we’re midway through April...

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A Very Special Weekend

Last weekend was a very special one here at Sugarbush.  It began Friday evening with movies and storytelling. The Courtyard Room in the Gate House Lodge was full and everyone enjoyed the four short movies that Alan Hurwitz and John Bleh produced about our Founders, Après, Ski & Ride and Patrol. Everyone who saw them learned more about our famed history and gained an even greater appreciation for the community that has evolved here over the past 60 years...

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A Tricky End to March

It was a disappointing last weekend in March and not the best way to end the season at Mt. Ellen. The rain held off for the most part on Saturday with soft snow and fun turns, but the weatherman had already set the tone so it was a pretty quiet day. The rain did arrive for much of Sunday and all but the die-hards stayed inside...

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Spring Conditions and Spring Storms

Last Friday we had a spring-like day were skiing on great soft snow. Unfortunately, it got so soft that we had to call off the first grooming shift until temperatures fell and the snow set up.  The team came in after midnight, but it did not get below freezing at the base until mid-morning...

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Returning Home

While I had a really fun time on our western Mountain Collective tour, it was great to get home last Saturday.  A mechanical problem delayed our arrival into Burlington, and I did not pull into my driveway until 5:30am.  My intention was to sleep for several hours and get to the mountain after lunch, but the sun woke me up after a couple of hours. As I looked out my bedroom window at the bluebird day, I quickly got dressed and arrived at the mountain at 10am.

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Winding Down out West

I ended the last Win’s Word as I was getting ready to walk out to the gondola at Jackson Hole last Thursday morning. We got into line and as I turned around there were two Sugarbush families right behind us with both Sugarbush and Mad River Glen stickers on their helmets. That day I think I ran into a dozen members of our community...

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Out West for the Week

The Sugarbush community spreads far and wide. I am currently out west skiing at a number of our Mountain Collective partners. Our first stop was Big Sky where we met a former Valley couple who are now full-time residents of Big Sky...

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Mother Nature Loves Presidents' Week

We dodged a bullet last Friday since the forecast for a wintery mix and rain did not materialize on the mountain and we picked up 2 to 3 inches of new snow in addition to the 17 inches we saw midweek.  Add that to the 4 inches on Monday and it has been great news for Presidents’ Week. 

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That Fickle Mother Nature

Well, Mother Nature has been especially fickle in this El Nino year.  Last week’s warm, wet, cold, warm, wet and cold cycles did their damage.  We lost some depth on the slopes, but not as much as I might have feared, and all the trails where we have made snow have more than ample depth to get us through the season, and even the natural trails kept a very good base.

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A Memorable Sunday

Sunday was a memorable day for me. It might have been because the next day marked our midway point through the season. It might have  enjoying  the great conditions of the past several days. Or it could have been watching the Pats win their 6th Super (Sleeper) Bowl...

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Treating Each Other With Respect

One of the reasons I have enjoyed skiing here at Sugarbush is that feeling of camaraderie and the fact that almost everyone here is nice, polite and friendly.  Our first operating principle is placing the guest interests first, and we work very hard to make certain that every member of our team is as welcoming, helpful and friendly as possible...

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MLK and The Moth

I remember when Martin King Luther was assassinated in the spring of 1968. I was still a student at Amherst College, and I remember standing on the town green at a vigil to honor this great man. In my lifetime he certainly was one of the human beings who made a difference and changed our country for the better. This week is a good time for all to reflect on his legacy and to honor his memory...

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