Sugarbush Resort, Vermont- Be Better Here
Nestled in the Mad River Valley of Warren, VT is one of New England’s premier skiing destinations, Sugarbush Resort. We made a recent visit to enjoy a few days of skiing and the other amenities the resort had to offer. After making an evening drive up from Boston, the first thing we were ready to do when we arrived was eat. We had a fantastic dinner in the Timbers Restaurant, which is part of the resort property and also serves breakfast and lunch. We highly recommend the lamb stew.
For accommodations we stayed in one of the Clay Brook Studios. The resort itself was tastefully designed to mirror Vermont farmhouse architecture. These rooms were as good as it gets for slopeside accommodations. Our studio was equipped with a large bedroom, full kitchen and living area, huge bathroom with a jetted tub, and our own balcony. It actually had the feel of a condo. These rooms were recently remodeled and the craftsmanship and attention to detail was apparent.
For our first day of skiing, we went out in the morning with our host from Sugarbush, John. Even though New England had been dealing with a warm streak and some challenging weather, Sugarbush’s grooming team did a great job on the trails. We took a number of runs down Hot Shot, Sleeper, and Spring Fling. It was good day to work on the turns and soak in all of John’s insider knowledge of the mountain.
Sugarbush is split into two main mountains – Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen. To get back and forth there is a quad lift or a shuttlebus. With 111 trails, 16 lifts, and 2,600 feet of vertical, it’s one of New England’s largest ski areas. The terrain is also very diverse, with an array of on-trail and off-trail options.
While Sugarbush has a reputation for some of the best gladed skiing in New England, we found a lot of enjoyment on the groomed trails. Our second day featured beautiful blue skies and crisp air. The highlight for us was taking the Heavens Gate chair lift to the summit of Lincoln peak and skiing the winding Jester trail down. The views of the Mad River Valley were amazing.
Post skiing we really enjoyed the outdoor hot tub and pool area which overlooked the mountain.
While it looked like winter 2017 was dwindling down, it appears to be charging back with a big storm this week. March can often have some of the snowiest days of the year in Vermont, so be sure not to miss out, and head up to Sugarbush!
Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering