Sugarbush is pleased to partner with local colleges, universities, and academics, as well as other organizational partners that help others get out and enjoy everything that Vermont and the ski and ride industry as a whole have to offer. As a resort that offers a space for all to enjoy, Sugarbush understands the importance of community. The commitment to keeping a safe and welcoming outdoors for everyone is our mission. That’s why each year Sugarbush’s philanthropic partnerships grow. From organizations that keep our environment clean to inspiring adaptive athletes, and other community-based outdoor recreational groups - we want to continuously lift each other up. Sugarbush is honored to support these great Vermont organizations every year.
    • Green Mountain Valley School

      GMVS is a college preparatory high school in Waitsfield, Vermont. The school partners closely with Sugarbush for its alpine race training, with a dedicated race facility located at Mt. Ellen and dedicated race terrain on Inverness and Brambles.

      The University of Vermont

      The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, is a public research university in Burlington, Vermont. It was founded in 1791 and is the state's land-grant university.

      Champlain College

      Champlain College is a private college in Burlington, Vermont. Founded in 1878, Champlain offers on-campus undergraduate and online undergraduate courses through Champlain College Online, along with online certificate and degree programs and master's degree programs, in more than 80 subject areas.

      Saint Michael’s

      Saint Michael's College is a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college in Colchester, Vermont. Saint Michael's was founded in 1904 by the Society of Saint Edmund. Saint Michael's College grants Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in over 30 majors to their 1,600 undergraduate students.

      Dartmouth College

      Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Established in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, it is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

      Middlebury College

      Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college in Middlebury, Vermont. It was founded in 1800 by Congregationalists, making it the first operating college or university in Vermont. The college currently enrolls 2,526 undergraduates from all 50 states and 74 countries and offers 44 majors in the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences.

      Norwich University

      The Military College of Vermont is a private university in Northfield, Vermont. It is the oldest private military college in the United States. The university was founded in 1819 at Norwich, Vermont, as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy.

    • Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

      Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of the ability to pay. They offer the largest variety of program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment. Vermont Adaptive operates a facility out of Sugarbush's Mt. Ellen, providing adaptive skiing for its clients. Get a virtual walkthrough of the new facility and learn more about how it'll improve the quality of their programs and events for all participants and family members.

      Kelly Brush Foundation

      The Kelly Brush Foundation was established to ensure those who have experienced a spinal cord injury can still live an active lifestyle. Kelly, after being injured herself in 2006 at an NCAA alpine ski race, founded KBF to advocate and provide resources for those similarly affected. They are dedicated to giving grants to provide resources and equipment so these athletes can get back out there. Since its founding, they are focused on continuously guaranteeing ski racers are training and competing in the safest possible venues. Sugarbush remains an active partner of the organization, sponsoring various events and hosting "Ski Days with Kelly" at the resort from time to time.

      High Fives Foundation

      High Fives was formed to create a universal shift in adventure sports that expand on what is possible for those who have experienced life-changing injuries. CEO and founder of High Fives, Roy Tuscany, suffered a devastating spinal cord injury in 2006 while training in the terrain park at Mammoth Mountain, California. From that point, he was committed to becoming a leader in the education and recovery of life-altering injuries in outdoor action sports for injured athletes and Veterans, so they can get back to doing what they love. Today Sugarbush hosts several High Fives fundraising events and sponsors them throughout the year.

      Mad River Path Association

      Mad River Path is an organization that maintains a network of paths connecting Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston, and Moretown. It is a community-supported organization that maintains and conserves this system of public pathways. Their goal is to foster community through these paths, connecting people, businesses, and nature - showcasing the special wonders of the Mad River Valley. Sugarbush is a premium business partner, helping to provide funds as well as event support.

      Mad River Riders

      Mad River Riders is a founding chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. They are dedicated to stewarding and growing a 60+ mile network of sustainable multi-use trails for hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing throughout the Mad River Valley. Through their collaborations, Mad River Riders are able to build and maintain thoughtful trails that better connect existing systems, while protecting the environment. Sugarbush sponsors the organization to help continue to grow a vibrant trail community in the Valley.

      The Vermont Mountain Bike Association is a non-profit consisting of 29 chapters that represent the Vermont mountain biking community. Their goal is to ensure the sustainability of mountain biking in Vermont through things like partnerships, grants, and community-driven stewardship. VMBA works to promote well-planned, accessible, and progressive trail systems state-wide.

      Friends of the Mad River
      Friends of the Mad River is a member-support non-profit organization that works to steward the land and water of the Mad River to ensure the future of a clean and healthy environment. Founded in 1990, they build diverse partnerships to help restore and enhance the watershed’s valued resources. Their work is grounded in science, inclusive education, and thoughtful action while still celebrating what a special place this is. With outreach programs, cleanups, restoration projects, and more, Friends helps safeguard healthy land and clean water.

      Catamount Trail
      The Catamount Trail Association is an organization focused on expanding access to Vermont’s backcountry by creating North America’s longest backcountry ski trail. Since 1984 they’ve worked to connect people to Vermont’s mountain landscape by managing ski terrain, protecting mountain lands, and expanding equitable access to skiing. To date, just over 70% of the Trail is protected on public lands, privately conserved lands, or via individual trail easements. Their goal is to facilitate the expansion of sustainable access to the backcountry, ensuring it has a statewide impact.

      Green Mountain Club
      The Green Mountain Club is a non-profit organization rooted in the foundation of the Long Trail while continuing to maintain and protect it. The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance walking trail in the United States, officially forming GMC in 1910, and breaking dirt in the Camel’s Hump and Mt. Mansfield areas to begin the trail. Their mission is to continue to provide access to quality outdoor recreation for generations to come by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail System.

      Vermont Women's Fund
      Established in 1994, the Vermont Women’s Fund financially supports organizations that drive change for women and girls in Vermont. Based on the philosophy that “philanthropy changes lives”, they were founded with the goal to fund structural change to advance gender equity and justice in Vermont. They work to advance feminism that is centered on equity and justice. VWF is committed to ensuring that all women, inclusive of cis, trans, and non-binary people affected by gender oppression, have access to opportunities and can thrive in this state.

      Valley Arts
      Mad River Valley Arts is an organization that works to foster and maintain the creative potential of craft and design in Vermont. They understand that art supports the agency to create stories and value the responsibility of linking art and the environment. MRVA facilitates workshops, artist talks, and tours in addition to their year-round exhibition and event programs. They aim to inspire residents and visitors alike to embrace their artistic growth and join the community of creatives in our arts-centric Valley.

      Flyin' Ryan Foundation
      The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation is a non-profit inspired by the life of Ryan Hawks and the core values he held as an extreme skier and a person. The organization was founded after his passing from injuries sustained during a Freeskiing World Tour event in Kirkwood, CA. Their goal is to extend his impact and inspire anyone from students to athletes, to create their own core values. As a foundation, they are committed to making the world a better place through individual senses of identity, leading to higher quality decisions and a greater sense of well-being.