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There are a lot of interesting people at Sugarbush, and the good news is most of them have something to say. Check out our latest blog posts including Win's Word, written by our President Win Smith, Stoke Exchange, Sugarbush Living, and more.

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Stoke Exchange

Storm Cycles

We're on the cusp of a potentially sweet, long duration storm cycle. Snow has already started to fall and there are 14-26" in the forecast through Friday night and the weekend looks sunny and cold. With this in mind, the Stoke is going out early this week. First to make sure you have time to get here for the fun and second to make sure tomorrow is dedicated to capturing blizzard pics and video to share. If you can make it for the late mid-week, storm turns are among the best, as each run can be fresher than the last, especially with 1-2" an hour predicted for Friday. 

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What's New

Presidents' Week Events at Sugarbush

Last weekend the mountain was blessed with well over a foot of fresh powder and the conditions were superb! This weekend marks the start of our Presidents' Week holiday period here at Sugarbush and we sure do have tons of fun stuff happening across the resort.

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Stoke Exchange

Adding Up

A sweet storm cycle that started last week has continued to drop new snow almost every day and we're excitedly adding up the fresh inches. As you may know, we typically get more snow after February 15th than we do before. With 121" on the books for Winter 2019-2020 already, here's hoping for 150" before the lifts shut down in May.  

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Win's Word

We're Halfway There

This Friday, February 7th, marks the end of the first half of our projected 156-day season. And thankfully, it looks like Mother Nature is going to send us into the second half with a nice fresh coating of powder. Thursday morning runs were extra sweet with 4 inches of new powder and Friday should bring plenty more as this storm makes its way through the region...

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Perspectives

Mad River Valley Live: Episode 5

It's jam-packed this week with a lot of snow talk, best powder trails, a surprise visit from a familiar face, news with Hadley, and special guest Elisa Kivirannafrom from a little local brewery you may or may not heard of: Lawson's Finest Liquids...

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Stoke Exchange

Cold Fire

After a sweet stretch of snow earlier this week, the sun has been pouring cold fire on us for the last couple days. The combination of fresh accumulations and bright blue skies is hard to beat and our smiles reflect the beauty that seemly fills the air.

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Win's Word

A Look at Operations

Our snowmakers are finishing up on Cliffs over at Mt. Ellen, and we have the towers blasting on Stein’s Run, Snowball, and Spring Fling to build the depth needed to keep those trails skiing through April. Some nice cold temperatures are allowing us to put down a lot of nice silky snow...

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Perspectives

Mad River Valley Live: Episode 4

A sunny day at Mad River Glen for episode 4. Behind the scenes at the tune shop, Roll Back the Clock Day, record days, school board news, special guest Margo Wade, and sweets in the Valley!

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Around the Mountain

Trey's Tracks: Safety

2020 is off to an amazing start at Sugarbush! We’ve got 38” of fresh snow this month, and the mountain is a snowy paradise. With all 111 trails open and the Castlerock Double spinning, this is the best month at Sugarbush yet...

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Perspectives

Mad River Valley Live: Episode 3

The gang's back at it again with a recap of the wild MLK Weekend, breaking news, history lessons, and a whole lot of cheese talk. Mmmm cheese...

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The Sugarbush Intangibles

I am writing to share an excerpt from a letter that I sent to Alterra after participating in the November forum at the Gate House. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the meeting, it was a positive and upbeat session with refreshing candor all the way around...

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Last Call For Wall of Fame Nominations

Our nominating period for the Sugarbush Wall of Fame is just about to end. You have until end of day Friday if you're interested in nominating.

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Stoke Exchange

Winter Wanders

Winter has wandered a few times this season, but seems to have returned for a good stretch. The new snow last week brought back a lot of natural snow trails and conditions are quite good on-piste. Another shot of precipitation is predicted for the weekend and we're heading in the right direction. With the return of snow, we've been wandering again too. The hike to Castlerock is a great adventure and one of the best ways to experience this legendary locale. 

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Perspectives

I'm a Two-Time U.S. Paralympian and Sugarbush Athlete

My name is Stephen Lawler. I am a two-time U.S. Paralympian and a seven-time member of the U.S. Paralympic Alpine team. I grew up in Burlington, Vermont, and started skiing at the age of 6 at Sugarbush...

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Who is the Kelly Brush Foundation?

20 years ago Kelly Brush was a freshman at Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS), just down the road from Sugarbush Resort. She trained daily on the slopes of Sugarbush, honing her skills as a top ski racer over the next 4 years of high school. Kelly took the skills and confidence she gained from her time in the Valley and brought them to Middlebury College, where she raced on the Division I NCAA Alpine Ski Team...

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Win's Word

Rebounding

I never really played basketball or have been a big fan, but I understand that rebounding is a critical part of the game.  Well this winter it has been an important part of our game plan too here at Sugarbush...

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Stoke Exchange

Community Spirit

Before we get started, it is snowing again, the mountain looks beautiful and we have another storm coming this weekend. Now, onto this week's Stoke ... One of the things that has kept me in the Mad River Valley and at Sugarbush for so long is the awesome community and our unshakeable optimism, even in the face of tough challenges. Last weekend's warmup/meltdown was one of those problem periods, but it did not dampen our spirits. 

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What's New

MLK Weekend - Packed with Events & Powder

Skiing and riding, live music, tasty eats, local VT beer on tap, events for the kiddos, a torchlight parade, fireworks, and fresh powder - MLK weekend at Sugarbush is set to be a great time. 

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Perspectives

Mad River Valley Live: Episode 2

Hey guess what, we didn't get cancelled after one episode! This week we talk about the great food options in the Mehuron's plaza, the latest Valley news, an interview with Lori and Alex Klein, and booze running on Front Forch Forum...

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Around the Mountain

Shedding Some Light on Our Snowmaking

If ever there was a good week to use as a microcosm of this season, it may have been this past week. Conditions were unbelievable in the middle of last week -- I mean hey I even made some turns in Slide Brook -- before the weekend saw temps in the upper 50s and various rain showers...

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