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, Vermont's first ski bar and home to Emily's 'earn your chug' mug club, Green Mountain Lounge, home of the infamous and delicious Smash Burger, and Castlerock Pub, one of our favorite spots to take a break or unwind with a local craft beer – 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. Some other favorite food items around the mountain include Noodle Bowls from the Gate House Cafeteria, the Sushi Bowl (we really like bowls around here) at Valley House, Petey's famous PB&J at Allyn's Lodge and a variety of tasty grilled cheeses at Walt's at The Glen House. Additionally, we’ve partnered with a few local restaurants to offer an even wider variety of options. 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.

Susan R.

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

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.

Mark W.

All 3 instructors I had were phenomenal! I really enjoyed every lesson; 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!

Christine T.