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Rebounding

I never really played basketball or have been a big fan, but I understand that rebounding is a critical part of the game.  Well this winter it has been an important part of our game plan too here at Sugarbush...

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Happy New Year to All

Happy New Year to all our Sugarbush families! We ended the year with some nice fresh snow and another great torchlight parade and fireworks. Looking back upon 2019, I have many fond memories of the year. We began the winter season with an impressive Snowvember and enjoyed skiing through Cinco de Mayo...

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Enjoy the Holidays

I hope everyone will enjoy the holidays with your family as much as we are enjoying it with ours.  I mentioned previously that my granddaughter, Viv, was quite upset when she learned we had sold Sugarbush...

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Rollercoasters

Rollercoasters are a lot of fun. Well, that is when they are in an amusement park.  But here on the mountain we have become tired of the weather rollercoasters we have recently experienced. Fortunately, winter seems to be finally settling in and looks to be staying in place for the holidays...

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Terrain Expansion

I hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family.  It was certainly great to see so many families enjoying our slopes last weekend too. This weekend will have quite a bit of new terrain available with Super Bravo, Heaven’s Gate, Gate House and the Welcome Mat all turning...

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What We're Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving.  A friend of mine has a family tradition of asking everyone at the dinner table to mention something that they are thankful for on this holiday.  I have many things to be thankful for: good health, a wonderful family and some very good friends are at the top of the list...

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Changing But Not Saying Goodbye

For me, today is a bit like walking my daughter down the aisle at her wedding.  I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat knowing that I am about to give away someone I have raised and loved. Looking down the aisle, however, I am delighted to see someone waiting who will also love, respect, and care for her as I have done. While things will not be the same, I am excited about this next stage of our lives.  And, I am comforted knowing that we are not saying goodbye!

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Closing in on Winter

I know we are getting close to another winter season when our team starts to return for employee orientations. This past week our Ambassadors gathered for their annual orientation. It was great to see so many familiar faces and also to welcome new members to the team...

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The State of the Industry

It was wonderful to see so many members of our community visiting Sugarbush over the Columbus Day/Indigenous Day weekend. It was the “perfect storm” with foliage hitting peak on Friday, sunny skies, and comfortable temperatures. I had a special treat because my 94-year-old brother, Bardwell, visited me from Northfield, Minnesota and I was able to spend some quality time with him. His last visit to Sugarbush was eight years ago at the time of my marriage to Lili.

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Signs of Winter

When you see fifteen turkeys sitting on your fence and looking at the foliage, it is a sign of a snowy winter.  Really?  Well, maybe not, but I did have two families pay me a visit this past Tuesday, and it is the first time I have seen so many around my house...

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Connecting with Some Great Organizations

Last week I had the privilege of being involved with three great organizations that Sugarbush and I are proud to support. I joined Protect Our Winters (POW) at their annual sojourn to Washington DC to speak with legislators about the impact of climate change on winter sports and the need to support legislation that will help to mitigate it and save our winters.

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18 Years Ago

18 years ago Tuesday, we signed a Purchase & Sales agreement to buy Sugarbush from the American Ski Corporation. A day later 9/11 occurred, and I watched all of this unfold on CNN from my hotel room in Tokyo. That is a day I will certainly never forget, and it was a day that changed the world in so many ways...

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85 Days to Opening Day

85 is the number to remember today. That is how many days until our scheduled opening day on November 23rd. This is the time of year when I start to get serious again about getting in shape for another ski season. Of course, it is a good time to remember to get your season pass, sign up for a seasonal program, lock in a seasonal rental and make plans to get stoked at this year’s Warren Miller film, which we are once again sponsoring in the Northeast...

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A-Basin Joins Our Partnerships

It has just been announced that Arapahoe Basin, formerly part of the Epic Pass, will now be joining both the Mountain Collective and the Ikon Pass partnerships. As I am sure you know, this is an iconic (no pun intended) mountain consisting of over 1400 acres only 68 miles west of Denver, which normally boasts one of the longest seasons in the country...

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Keeping Cool

There are many reasons why I love and appreciate living here in the Mad River Valley but this past week when it was hot, hazy and humid it reminded me of several of them.  Growing up in New York City I remember my youthful days prior to air conditioning when we would open all the windows and hope that our fans would create enough breeze to cool things enough to get some sleep...

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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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