Core Contributor and Words: Diggity and Daig
Sugarbush Vermont Ski Resort
Hidden entrances lead to glades
Big chill compared to the more visited eastern resorts. Down home country feel.
The 2400 feet of vert is not too shabby for the east. Sugarbush has trails that go for miles.
Sugarbush is two separate mountains connected by a quad or shuttle system connecting the bases. Locals usually stick to Lincoln Peak, although Mt. Ellen has one of the steepest runs (F.I.S.) in New England. It also has the most reasonable facsimile of a park.
Line up before 8 a.m. on Bravo. You can usually get one run in Egan’s or Stein’s Woods before taking the traverse (Downspout) to Castle Rock chair. Castle rock opens at 9, but lines will begin forming a quarter past eight. It is a slow double so most people avoid it, creating opportunities for us. Check out Rumble. For a primitive and obstacle filled ride, hit Lift Line. The Castle is protected and holds fresh longer than any place on the mountain.
Heaven’s gate is another option, but is more prone to wind holds. Hook left from Paradise woods traversing Long Trail to The Church. This is the cliff section in the saddle. Be prepared for a 20 to 25 foot cliff huck or go take the girlfriend entrance. BEWARE: even the girlfriend entrance has mandatory airs.
Park and Pipe
Park is just not the thing at the Bush, but they do have a little something over at Mt. Ellen North. Sunny D chair has the biggest features. The kicks get progressively bigger down the line. There is no halfpipe.
Newbs will find a line on Lower Cracker Jack.
Lincoln almost has some terrain features on Slowpoke.
There is no snowmaking on Castle so early season can be sketch. However, you can get early season freshies on Castle before the chair opens by taking Heaven’s Gate chair, riding Paradise and hiking Long Trail through The Church.
If Heaven’s gate is on wind hold, hike Jester from the top of Bravo and get your freshies on.