Navigating the Resort
Sugarbush is a big resort with a lot of different places to explore. From lessons to lifts, this page is intended to get you where you need to be! We’ve also included some tips and resources to use once you here to further help you know how to get to each specific place you are looking for – even how to find the best conditions for your specific skiing/riding preferences.
Get to Where You’re Going
Parking - Ample parking is available at both mountains, but keep in mind that the early bird gets the worm. Prime crunch hours for skier traffic are from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM so if you can plan around this time period, do it. A limited amount of Handicap Parking and 80+ Parking (reserved for those with three of more people in their vehicle) are available in the front lots at both mountains.
On weekends and holidays, you can expect the Sugarbush Jitney to offer you a ride from your parking spot up to the base area. So, don’t be afraid to skip the drop-off zone and head straight to park your car. The Jitneys typically run from 7 AM – 5 PM, business dependent.
Unique to Lincoln Peak, a limited amount of Valet Parking is available for a fee on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pull straight into the Clay Brook Hotel drop-off where a Valet Attendant will greet you.
From Christmas until the end of March, the two mountains are serviced by a daily shuttle bus, the GMT. Typically, the shuttle picks-up/drops-off about every 20-30 minutes right in front of the main lodge at Mt. Ellen and main base area entrance at Lincoln Peak. This is the most reliable way to commute between the two mountains. These buses also service the greater resort condominium areas, the Sugarbush Inn and all the way into the Mad River Valley business district.
Find What You’re Looking For
Both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen have a wide variety of offerings, so as long as you know which mountain you are heading to, we’ll help you get to where you are trying to go.
Lessons at Lincoln Peak
Home to The School House, our children’s ski and ride center where kids as young as three years old can enroll in day-long adventure programs. Our Ski & Ride School Director, Terry Barbour, always says “We’re not instructors, we’re adventure guides.” So, if you want your child to get hooked on skiing and riding, The Schoolhouse is where it’s at. Right next door you can find The Farmhouse Ski & Ride School for private, group and adult lessons. The Farmhouse is where you can also book a private excursion into our famous experts only, off-piste, Slidebrook Basin, or book a guided snowshoe tour, a great alternative for the non-skier or rider. While in The Farmhouse, it’s worth checking out our Rental & Tune Shop with our brand-new fleet of Burton snowboards, Elan skis and premiere demo options from K2, Volkl, Rossignol and more. For best options and pricing on lessons and rentals, be sure you book well in advance.
Lessons at Mt. Ellen
Located on the main floor of the lodge, the Ski & Ride School is available for Group Lessons on weekends and holidays. Private Lessons may be accommodated midweek if reserved. Home to the resort’s premiere terrain park, Riemergasse, and the Sugarbush Free Ride Team, The Diamond Dogs, Mt. Ellen is the premiere location for those wanting freestyle or park lessons. This desk is where you can also book guided snowshoe tours. Downstairs from Ski & Ride, you can find the Mt. Ellen Rentals and Tune Shop with all your needs and its own fleet of Burton snowboards, Elan skis and sweet demo gear. Insider Tip, if you want to rent gear at Mt. Ellen midweek with the goal of grabbing the 8 AM first chair, be sure you pick up the day before as the shop doesn’t open until 8:30 AM.
Getting Tickets at Lincoln Peak
To pick up your ticket or SugarXpress Card head to the first floor of The Farmhouse or visit one of our many Pick-up Boxes (PUBs) located in the base area. Don’t forget on future visits, you can reload those SugarXpress cards online and skip the ticket lines altogether.
Getting Tickets at Mt. Ellen
If you ordered online or need to purchase day-of, you can grab your SugarXpress Cards at the Guest Services Desk located in the lodge Mondays – Wednesdays, or outside at the Ticket Office Thursdays – Sundays and Holidays. For best deals on tickets, purchase online early and save and don’t forget to check out our lessons and rentals packages for best pricing. Next time you need to reload that card, you can do it online and skip the pickup altogether.
We have Guest Services desks located at the first floor of the Gate House at Lincoln Peak and on the main floor of the lodge at Mt. Ellen. Stop by to ask our helpful and friendly staff any questions you have, to grab a trail map or extra information about Sugarbush, snag a few super cool stickers for your gear or just to say hey!
Day Care and the Historic Sugarbush Village
The resort’s only daycare option, other than private babysitting, is The Sugarbush Day School (open to children 6 weeks to 6 years) located in the historic Sugarbush Village. While the Day School is accessible on foot from the Lincoln Peak base area, we recommend driving. To do so, exit the Lincoln Peak main parking lot and make a left onto Village Road and then your first left after you pass our main entrance. At the top of the hill, park anywhere and walk across the covered bridge to the first building on your left. It is well signed; you can’t miss it. While in the Sugarbush Village be sure to check out the famous French bistro, Chez Henri which has been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, The Reks restaurant, Mutherstuffa’s, a New York style deli & sandwich shop (with the best subs in the Valley) and the Mountainside Ski Shop.
Dining at Lincoln Peak
Clay Brook Hotel and Residences located at Lincoln Peak is home to our premiere restaurant, Rumble’s Bistro & Bar, where you can get table service all day long in the winter. Our newly renovated Lincoln Peak Courtyard is where you will find the best après scene on weekends and holidays complete with fire pits, pizza oven, live music, outdoor Umbrella Bar, s’mores, hot cider, Nomad Coffee (the only place you will find a proper espresso or cappuccino), Waffle Cabin and more.
Additional dining options include the Gate House Cafeteria (don’t miss their Noodle Bowl, yum), the Valley House Cafeteria (we like bowls at Sugarbush so be sure to try their Sushi Bowl, delish), Castlerock Pub with its signature selection of Vermont craft beers on tap, the Valley House Wunderbar - Vermont’s first ski bar and home to Emily’s ‘earn your chug’ mug club and the Skinny Pancake, a Vermont creperie. If you find yourself up mountain, be sure to pop into Allyn’s Lodge for Petey’s famous PB&J. Our Sugarbush Restaurants are also proud members of 1% for the Planet.
Making the Most of Your Visit
We know you’ll have a good time here at Sugarbush Resort, but we want to make sure you have all the necessarily resources to get you prepared to take on the mountain.
Download the Sugarbush App
The Sugarbush App is your unique and comprehensive all-season guide to Sugarbush Resort, all at your fingertips. Get up-to-the-minute lift status information, discover trail conditions, tune into the webcams for live footage of lift lines and terrain and so much more! Available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The Snow Report
Always be sure to check our Daily Snow Report. This will tell you what is open, what has been groomed, what the snow conditions are, and what the weather is. These are all important things to know before you boot up. And don’t forget to keep checking conditions and stats throughout the day, our Snow Reporters update the report all day long.
Know where to start at Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen with these directions for mountain navigation.
Things to Keep in Mind
Skier/Ride Responsibility Code
Skiing and Riding is a fun sport, but it can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal, if certain rules are not followed. The National Ski Areas Association issued a Skier/Rider Responsibility Code that all ski areas abide by, including Sugarbush. There are seven points of the code that should be read before hitting the slopes.
Uphill Travel Policy
The Sugarbush Ski Resort and the United States Forest Service (“USFS”) encourage use of public lands. Please be aware that Sugarbush is located on both private and public land. Sugarbush Ski Resort operates under a permit issued by the USFS to Summit Ventures LLC. While enjoying these private and permitted lands, you must abide by Sugarbush Ski Resort’s rules and USFS restrictions and recommendations, including those summarized below and outlined in our winter operating plan. Any violations of these rules may result in suspension of lift privileges or prosecution for a criminal offense. We’ve provided a summary of restrictions and recommendations for Trail use and Uphill Access to give you a little bit of information and education.
In Case of an Emergency
In the unfortunate event you didn’t have your best day on the hill and you find yourself in need of some assistance, our Sugarbush Patrol located on the bottom floor of the lodge would be happy to help. They’ve got your back seven days a week. If further care is needed, they can help you with directions to Lincoln Peak to see the docs at the UMV Ortho Clinic.