Sugarbush and Mad River Glen Kick Off Winter with The Big Kicker


Warren, VT (November 14th, 2017)  -- Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen are kicking off the 2017/18 winter season this Saturday, November 18th. Similar to years past, The Big Kicker will be held at American Flatbread at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield from 5:00 – 10:00 PM.

For the last seven years, the neighboring mountains have joined together to host a community-wide celebration of winter. Both Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ranked in the top ten Eastern resorts in SKI Magazine’s 2018 Resort Guide.

The evening begins at 5:00 PM in the pavilion at Lareau Farm. Hot cocoa, cider and local beer will be available, as well as flatbread pizza and s’mores by the fire. The event also brings free face painting, cornhole, music and dancing.

At 7:00 PM, the resorts and their partners (Flyin’ Ryan, Vermont Adaptive, Ski the East and others) will share what’s planned for the upcoming season. Ski films will be shown, and the High Fives Foundation will hold a live auction.

The party will pick up around 8:00 PM with DJ Krusty Kutz and an open rail jam presented by Sugarbush Parks. This event typically attracts a large crowd of excited skiers and riders ready to celebrate the winter. Guests will finish out the night with dancing and a bonfire.

Sugarbush’s official Opening Day has been moved up to a Friday, November 17th for the general public, and will include a soft opening from noon to 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 16th for passholders. Mad River Glen has not yet announced an opening date, but snowmaking is underway.

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