The Local's Experience

Part of what makes the Mad River Valley and Sugarbush so special is the people that live here. Want to know why folks love being here so much? We’ve got some ideas for fun things to check out and tips to give you and the whole family the best experience possible and live like the locals do during your time here.

Dine as the Locals Do

Whether it’s on or off slope dining, we offer a variety of culinary options here at the mountain and down in the Mad River Valley. The beauty is you’ll find plenty of local fare year-round. Up at the mountain you can enjoy popular après hangouts like the Wunderbar, Green Mountain Lounge, and Castlerock Pub – all equipped with tap lists featuring an extensive array of Vermont beers and plenty of light or hearty pub fare. At Rumble’s Bistro & Bar, you’ll find fresh American cuisine in an approachable fun atmosphere with local meats, cheeses, and produce. Additionally, we’ve partnered with a few local restaurants to offer an even wider variety of options. Skinny Pancake serves up local crepes--both sweet and savory--out of The Farmhouse at Lincoln Peak. Fit to be Thai’d offers authentic Thai food from the Sugarbush Inn, both dine-in and to go. The Waffle Cabin at Lincoln Peak creates homemade waffles with custom toppings. Nomad Coffee serves up specialty coffee cuisine and baked goods.


Try Taco Tuesday at the Hyde Away and $3 Beers on Thursdays at Local Folk Smokehouse!

But that’s just the mountain. Down in the Valley you’ll find a variety of cuisine options for Mexican cuisine at The Mad Taco to Greek cuisine at Sage to local burgers and pub fare at a number of restaurants like the Mad River Barn, Worthy Burger Too and Hyde Away, among others. There’s traditional European rustic cuisine at Peasant, Relais & Chateaux dining at the Pitcher Inn and a brewery and tap room from one of New England’s most popular beers: Lawson’s Finest Liquids.

Stay in the Know

Sometimes you need a more personal perspective on things here at Sugarbush. Our SugarBlog offers insight from our President, Win Smith, stories from guests, news and event announcements, photo galleries and videos, articles from the Sugarbush Magazine and much more. You can even subscribe to our weekly SugarBlog Brief email compiling the best posts from each week. And we’re always looking for new perspectives, so if you think you have a fun story to contribute, you can reach out to our Communications Manager, John Bleh, at

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What People Are Saying

When you’re ready to provide some feedback on your awesome stay, we encourage you to leave a review for us on Trip Advisor, Yelp, Google, and our online surveys. Just see what other guests have been saying about us over the years or take a look at what writers are saying about us in the media.

It’s the best mountain in the east. Friendly, great variety of trails, fun base area, and great snowmaking.

Survey Comment by Susan R.

I like that Sugarbush feels like a small, local, Vermont mountain but has great amenities and terrain options.

Survey Comment by Hannah B.

The terrain is great for all abilities, good beer list at the bar with normal bar prices, and it has a local feel that some of the other larger resort have lost.

Survey Comment by Mark W.

I have seen the owner Win Smith at the resort in the past when the weather better, but this visit was a marginal weather day and yet I still saw him out enjoying it. The enthusiasm of the owner and the other patrons for the mountain is really nice.

Survey Comment by William C.

All 3 instructors I had were phenomenal! I really enjoyed every lesson I had; it’s amazing to feel more and more confident each time out on the mountain – all due to the lessons I received. I felt like the staff at the ski school genuinely cared about my progress and enjoy teaching. I was so impressed with the entire First Timer to Life Timer program and will continue to recommend it to friends and family!

Survey Comment by Christine T.

Fantastic family-friendly mountain. Friendly staff, amazing snow operations and grooming team, varied terrain and a lift system which works efficiently to minimize waiting without overcrowding the trails.

Trip Advisor review by ragazzam1

Fantastic Women’s Ski Camp. Great Skiing. Just finished up a 3-day women's ski camp at Sugarbush. Probably the best and most professional ski instruction I have ever had ... An absolutely fantastic value. Sugarbush is a skier’s mountain that understands they are in a service business. The vibe on the mountain is positive all around.

Trip Advisor review by Marcie R.