With Boston and most of New England seeing its first solid snowfall and sustained cold weather in two years, we couldn’t pass up a last minute invite to welcome in the New Year by hitting the slopes at the Sugarbush Resort with our Vermont cousins. With access to two mountains (including 4,000 ft Mt Ellen), 3 terrain parks, tons of gladed areas and the 2,000 acre Slide Brook Wilderness area, Sugarbush offers incredible views of Vermont’s rustic Mad River Valley while providing all the creature comforts that family travelers love including over 50 miles of trails, top of the line rentals, a great lodge, good food, on mountain hotels and condos with room for more than 2,000 guests, and well regarded ski and snowboard schools.
We arrived about 10:30 am on what was likely to be one of the Resort’s busiest days of the year. We were in and out of the rental building in about 15 minutes. Even at mid-morning on a crowded day they had plenty equipment available and the automated equipment management system sped us through the fitting process. Out on the mountains, five high speed quads plus almost a dozen other lifts kept us moving all day.
We had a mixed group of skiers of all abilities and ages, including a couple of folks who preferred to spend most of the day in the lodge. From the bunny hill at Lincoln Peak to the double black diamonds and moguls on Castlerock Peak, to the cozy fire in the main lodge, everyone had a great time.
Sugarbush is joining most of the other major Vermont ski resorts by celebrating January is Learn to Ski and Ride Month. They will be offering a $29 lesson and rental package until the end of the month for first time skiers.
Check the Resort’s web page for lodging and ticket discount packages. Its looking like a snowy winter in New England so its time to get skiing.