Sugarbush, VT

Core Contributor and Words: Diggity and Daig

Sugarbush Vermont Ski Resort

Activity:

Glades

Primary User:

Alpine

Core Score:

The Downlow

Hidden entrances lead to glades

Vibe

Big chill compared to the more visited eastern resorts. Down home country feel.

Overview

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.

Pow Pow

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.

Local Wisdom

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.

When To Go

Mid-season on dump days. Late January to early March. Spring on big snow years.

Directions/Parking

Northbound directions from Albany and points south and west: take I-87 Northway to Exit 20, go northeast to NY #149 to Route 4 to Route 100. Follow Route 100 North to Warren. Turn left onto the Sugarbush Access Road (look for the Sugarbush Resort Area sign).

Southbound directions from Burlington or Montreal: take I-89 south to Exit 10 Waterbury. Follow Route 2 south through Waterbury to Route 100 South. Follow 100 South through Waitsfield. Turn right onto the Sugarbush Access Road (look for the Sugarbush Resort Area sign).

Northbound directions from New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and points south: take I-89 north to Exit 9/Middlesex to Route 100b. Follow 100b to 100 South through Waitsfield. Turn right onto the Sugarbush Access Road (look for the Sugarbush Resort Area sign).

If the weather isn’t too snowy, take Exit 3/Bethel off I-89. Take 107 west to 100 North, then follow it up through Rochester, Hancock and Granville until you take a left onto the Sugarbush Access Road (look for the Sugarbush Resort Area sign) in Warren.

Low Cash Crash

Lion’s Den
Powder Hound (dogs okay)

Both are located at bottom of access road

Aftersession

Pine Tree Pub in the village
Soul Pizza

Map

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