What to Expect

Due to COVID-19, we are currently reviewing our winter mountain operations and products, and will be providing updates as more information becomes available. In our Visitor's Guide, we have noted areas where this information might potentially change.

First thing’s first, welcome to the Mad River Valley. The Valley is home to beautiful scenic views, friendly people, amazing food and libations and most importantly – awesome skiing/riding! This section is intended to get you to the mountain as easily as possible, help you know where to stay if you haven’t found a place already, terrain you can expect at the different peaks and chairlifts and how to find the trails that are most suitable for your ability level.

Where is Sugarbush?

Sugarbush Resort is in the Mad River Valley of Northern Vermont in Warren. Located just thirty minutes off I-89 and only an hour from Burlington, getting to us is easy and worth the trip.

Home to many winter and summer activities, the Mad River Valley is a hub for folks that love to be outdoors. Home to both Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, the Valley is an epicenter of cool ski-town culture. People come here for the wide variety of ski-based terrain and stay for the beauty of the surrounding Green Mountains, the history, the unique people and the genuinely independent-feel of all the above. You won’t find another place like it.

When looking for the Resort, it’s important to make sure you’re heading to the right address. While we are the only Sugarbush Resort, there are quite a few businesses in the area with sugar in their names. Places such as the Sugar Lodge are not part of the Resort and putting this into your GPS will not get you where you are trying to be. But don’t worry, it happens all the time!

Differences Between Our Two Mountains

Sugarbush Resort is home to two distinct mountains, our southern mountain, Lincoln Peak, and our northern mountain, Mt. Ellen. The mountains are only located 4.2 miles away from each other from parking lot to parking lot and are connected by chairlift and daily shuttle bus during the winter season.

Sugarbush Base Areas

Lincoln Peak:

The bulk of our resort’s amenities reside at Lincoln Peak.  These include slopeside hotel and condos, our children’s ski & ride programming, most of our resort restaurants and pubs, as well as our day care and fitness facilities. Bottom line, Lincoln Peak has more lifts, more trails and a larger selection of green circle terrain.  For first-time Sugarbush visitors and especially first-time skiers and riders, we generally recommend you start at Lincoln Peak

Mt. Ellen:

With fewer lifts, trails and a smaller selection of green circle terrain – what sets our northern mountain apart?  V.E.R.T.I.C.A.L. - also known as Vert and the award winning Riemergasse Terrain Park.  Mt. Ellen is one of Vermont’s Four Thousand Footers standing at 4,083’ - a good 100+ taller than Lincoln Peak.  Better yet, it’s got 2600’ of lift served vertical, making it one of the best in the entire East.  It’s also got early lifts.  The Green Mountain Express Quad opens daily at 8 AM, whereas Lincoln Peak lifts don’t open until 9 AM midweek.  So, for those of you that crave freshies and first chair, Mt. Ellen is your girl, another reason she’s so popular with our locals.

Where to Stay

Before booking your trip, our Lodging Protocol and Health Protocol pages, as well as the CDC Guidelines are good places to start. This will help give you an idea of operational updates that have been made to ensure everyone has an enjoyable stay.  

Clay Brook Hotel & Residences – Offers luxury slopeside lodging accommodations for all occasions and the easiest mountain access.

Sugarbush Inn – Located on the Sugarbush Access Road and Mad Bus shuttle route, the Sugarbush Inn is a traditional Vermont country inn.

Resort Condos – An array of one to four-bedroom condominiums and country townhomes located within the Sugarbush Resort. Most options are along the Mad Bus shuttle route for easy access to the mountain and Lincoln Peak base area.

Lift Tickets and Passes

Tickets, you’ll need some of those.  We probably should start calling them “cards” as that is what they really are.  Ask a ticket agent for a wicket and you’ll receive a quizzical look.  You need to have your SugarXpress Card to get on any lift, including base area carpets. Planning ahead will be very important this year as tickets for the upcoming season must be purchased online in advance. Purchasing a season pass is the best way to access Sugarbush this winter, but those purchasing online tickets should plan to reserve their tickets when they go on sale in early November. Unused Quad Packs from the 2019/20 season will be valid through 12/24/20, but guests will be required to book the days they plan to use their Quad Pack tickets (more information on how to redeem your Quad Pack will be coming soon).

For best ticket prices, book well in advance.  However, before you hit that final Buy button – we recommend you look at all of our lessons & rentals packages to maximize your visit to the mountain.  When in doubt, please give us a call – we’d love to chat with you.  Tickets can be picked up at one of our many Pick up Boxes (PUBs) located in the base area of both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen. Just bring the confirmation number/QR code from your online purchase with you, scan it at the PUB, an RFID card will be printed and you are good to head to the lift. It's that simple! Don’t forget on future visits, you can reload those SugarXpress cards online and skip the ticket lines altogether.

Visit the Sugarbush online store to explore pass products and buy your tickets ahead of time.