With two mountains, sixteen lifts, nearly thirty wooded areas, and 111 trails, there’s no question that Sugarbush is one of New England’s best and biggest ski areas. At Lincoln Peak, you’ll find a base area built in the Vermont vernacular of a charming 18th century village with all the modern amenities one could ask for: slopeside hotel with pool and hot tubs, four restaurants, ski valet, adult and child ski school facilities, rental and gear shops, and more. Mt. Ellen offers a whole other mountain with an award-winning terrain park, and training ground for Green Mountain Valley School, designated a US Ski Team Development site. All runs lead back to a rustic base lodge with a deck overlooking the slopes. The two mountains are connected via chairlift, with the 2,000 acre Slide Brook Basin in between.
More than just Skiing
There are still plenty of ways to enjoy the mountain even if you don’t intend to ski and ride. Snowshoeing at Sugarbush is a great way to experience the quiet, see signs of wildlife, and get some exercise. The resort offers both self-guided access and guided tours. Cabin Cat Adventures at Sugarbush also offer a great way to experience the mountain, whether it’s Allyn’s Lodge Fireside Dining at the top of Gadd Peak or Sunset Groomer Rides to the top of Lincoln Peak.
Sugarbush has become a culinary destination that offers both hyper-local-Vermont as well as international cuisine. From classic ski bars to fireside mid-mountain dining, the resort offers a wide variety of dining options. Rumble’s Kitchen offers fresh, American cuisine in a fun atmosphere, while après ski bars Castlerock Pub and Wunderbar at Lincoln Peak and Green Mountain Lounge at Mt. Ellen offer plenty of local beers, hearty foods, and occasional life music. Additional dining options include The Skinny Pancake serving sweet and savory local crepes, Fit to be Thai’d serving authentic Thai cuisine, and the Wafel Cabin with homemade waffles.
The Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center is a fully appointed year round health and fitness facility equipped with pools, hot tubs, fitness center, tennis courts, rock gym, sauna, steam room, and fitness classes. Massage is also offered by appointment.
Explore the Mountain in its Greener State
Believe it or not, there may be even more to enjoy in the summer at Sugarbush than in the winter. Mountain activities include tennis, disc golf, zipline, bungee trampoline, and scenic lift rides. Visitors can enjoy one of many diverse hikes, explore scenic country roads and covered bridges that scatter the Valley, or meander along the natures paths of the Mad River. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed masterpiece evinces Jones’ talent in every one of the 18 holes at Sugarbush Golf Club. Designed with respect for the natural setting and its breathtaking vistas, the par-70 (men) and par-72 (women) course is as beautiful as the game itself.
Sugarbush also offers twenty miles of lift-served downhill, cross-country and freestyle mountain biking terrain leading to the base of Lincoln Peak, with an additional sixty miles of mapped trails around the Valley.
Sugarbush offers summer camps for ages 3-18 from late-June to mid-August. Offerings include special weekly themed camps for children ages 6-12. Themes include adventure, climbing, farm-to-plate, water and outdoor skills. Additionally, golf or tennis camps are available.