History of Sugarbush
Sugarbush features two fantastic ski mountains; Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen. There is also a superb hotel to stay in – with a country farm castle look while also modern and cozy. One can stop at the Warren Store for coffee.
Located in the Mad River Valley, it is beautiful throughout the year. The valley has three ski areas with 155 trails and 7050 vertical feet. The Lincoln Peak is home to the infamous Castlerock area, half-pipe and terrain park. Mt Ellen is about challenging peaks and steep, uninterrupted cruising runs for skiers and snowboarders alike. One can see plenty of snowfall, huge snowmaking, good elevation, and wonderful orientation that allow visitors to enjoy one of the longest ski seasons in New England.
The resort opened in 1958 due to the effort of Damon Gadd and Jack Murphy. Roy Gohen who bought it in 1979 created a framework for the modern resort which it is today. The major expansion happened when American Skiing Company purchased the Resort. The chairlift system was expanded and the Slide Brook Express high-speed quad opened in 1995 allowing skiers and snowboarders quicker access to the whole resort.
Today, it is a four season resort with six mountain peaks – Gadd, Lincoln, Castlerock, North Lynx, My Ellen, and Inverness.
The slopes here are a great way for skiers and snowboarders alike to practice and hone their skills. Due to the advanced system, skiers and snowboarders get to spend more time on the snow than on the chairlifts. The Sugarbush Resort Ski & Ride School provides training to help improve the skills of kids with programs for ages 3 to 12. There are private sessions, women’s camps and programs.
The summit of both the peaks one gets to enjoy amazing sights. There are sights worth capturing and one can pack his camera if not skiing. On the way down, you can enjoy the challenges offered by the Paradise, Ripcord, Rim Run or Castle Rock as you descend down the mountain.
There are four terrain parks and three of them are on the Mt Ellen with a dedicated chairlift – the Sunshine Double. The fourth park is located at the base of Lincoln Peak. Each of the terrain parks has a collection of rails, boxes, bank ramps and jumps. The park crew attempts to improve the quality of each terrain park to ensure people have the best experience possible.
After all the adrenaline rush that a snowboarder and skier goes through, it might be worthwhile to spend some time off the slope relaxing and unwinding. There are lodges, retail shops, restaurants, lounges and cafeterias.
There are several mountainside lodging to provide warmth and to enjoy the charm of Vermont. To make it a family-friendly resort, there are daycare/schools for ages 6 weeks to 6 years for children to have a good time while their parents go around the resort.