Something fun for everyone
Whether you’re new to skiing and riding and are in need of a lesson or wanting to try something new like snowshoeing, we’ve got a lot of activities, both at the mountain and in the Mad River Valley, in store for you and the folks you are bringing along. Take a look at the wide variety of adventures in store to fill your visit with fun and provide you with memories that last.rich-text, responsive-table
This winter, the Sugarbush Ski & Ride School will be offering Private Lessons for individuals and small groups of family and friends at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen. Customized seasonal lesson series will also be available. Check out our Ski & Ride School page for new offerings and details.
Snowshoeing is an awesome way to get out and experience the great outdoors in a way that’s a little different than skiing or riding. See the signs of wildlife, experience the quietness of the woods and get some exercise. Snowshoeing can be experienced either self-guided or through guided tours.
Dining on Resort
Both mountains retain important differences worth exploring. Lincoln Peak is home to Rumble’s Bistro & Bar, our premier restaurant located in the Clay Brook Hotel & Residences where you can get table service all day long in the winter. If Clay Brook is out of range, then check out our many slope-side offerings. Our newly renovated Lincoln Peak Courtyard is where you will find the best après scene on weekends and holidays complete with fire pits, a pizza oven, live music, an outdoor Umbrella Bar, s’mores, hot cider, Nomad Coffee (the only place will find a proper espresso or cappuccino), Waffle Cabin, 802 Burrito and more. Additional dining options include the Gate House Cafeteria (don’t miss their Noodle Bowl, yum), Castlerock Pub with its signature selection of Vermont craft beers on tap, and the Valley House Wünderbar – Vermont’s first ski bar. If you find yourself up mountain, be sure to pop into Allyn’s Lodge for snacks, beverages, soups, and sandwiches! Our Sugarbush Restaurants are a proud member of 1% for the Planet.
Dining options at Mt. Ellen include the Green Mountain Lounge (GML), a table and bar service establishment and home to Ronnie’s famous Smash Burger; guests tell us it’s the best in the Valley. The back deck off the GML is always packed on a sunny day with its sweeping uphill views. In the spring, you can generally find live music for après. The Mt. Ellen Cafeteria is the only place on resort where you can find the delicious sweet potato waffle fries. If you find yourself hungry up mountain, be sure to pop into Walt’s at the Glen House (named for Mt. Ellen founder Walt Elliott) where they serve bougie grain bowls, grilled cheeses, and the famous Eggsterminator, the best breakfast sammy in the Valley. Miso Toh Kome is offered at Mt. Ellen, slide in for a delicious sushi rice ball and miso soup to-go!
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 dining 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 Wünderbar, Vermont's oldest ski bar, the 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, 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.
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.
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