Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen Co-host The Big Kicker at The Big Picture to Kick Off Winter


Warren, VT (November 6, 2013) – Arguably two of the East’s best ski areas, situated side by side in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, are kicking off the 2013/2014 season with a celebration at the Big Picture Theater and Café in Waitsfield on Saturday, November 16th at 5 PM.

Four years ago, Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen joined together to host a community-wide celebration to kick off the winter season, The Big Kicker. The party was also a way to recognize Outside Magazine’s designation of Waitsfield as the “Best Ski Town in the East.” The annual celebration has grown into an event that draws a historically large crowd of ultra-excited skiers and riders of all ages. And last month, Outside Magazine once again recognized Waitsfield, this time as one of the country’s “Best Places to Live.”

The Big Kicker starts at 5 pm with a freestyle exhibition by Sugarbush and Mad River Glen, season pass giveaways, a ski film, a photography exhibit, live music and fun for the whole family.

“The Mad River Valley is a special place, not only because of the incredible skiing and riding, but also because of the winter community the Valley attracts,' said Sugarbush President Win Smith. “The Big Kicker is a way for Sugarbush and Mad River Glen to invite the community to come together and kick off what we hope will be another incredible winter season.'

The Big Kicker gets underway at 5 PM with a freestyle exhibition put on by the Mad River Glen and Sugarbush freestyle teams. The ski film Into the Mind will have two showings, after the High Fives Foundation #helmetsarecool short film at 6 PM and 8 PM. Presentations by the High Fives Foundation and the Flyin’ Ryan Hawks Foundation will be made at 7 PM. . And a DJ will be spinning music in the café starting at 7PM.

A Sugarbush and Mad River Glen season pass will be raffled off, with proceeds benefiting the High Fives Foundation. Long Trail Brewery is sponsoring an outdoor beer garden with variety of Long Trail beers on tap.