Sugarbush, known in the early days as Mascara Mountain, opened in 1958, quickly becoming an elite resort frequented by many celebrities including Oleg Casini, Kim Novak, the Kennedy clan and many others. Over the years, Sugarbush Resort has grown and expanded, offering the three highest skiable peaks at one resort in the East, 115 trails over 486 acres with 2,650 vertical feet, served by 17 lifts — including four high-speed detachables — and the finest snowmaking system in the region. From your condominium door, the ski lifts at Sugarbush are just around the corner — less than five minutes on our complimentary shuttle. Annual snowfall: 262″
Sugarbush has a children’s ski and snowboard school, plus activities such as live music, fireworks, tubing, and ski movie showings, often with appearances by local ski heroes. Enjoy a drink or a meal at Castlerock Pub or Timbers Resraurant. Special services include cat skiing, a rarity in the East, mountain and outback tours, a terrain park, sunset groomer rides, and Remote Fireside Dining at Allyn’s Lodge.
Mad River Glen
Mad River Glen, home to the now famous Single Chair, was opened in 1948. Roland Palmedo, the founder and an original investor at Stowe, created the resort for the enjoyment of the sport not the bottom line. It is now the only ski area in the country owned by a co-op of its skiers. Known the world over for it’s hand cut trails and challenging terrain, Mad River Glen is also a stellar ski area for families and kids. Child, teen and adult ski school programs include Rockin’ Robins, Chipmunks, Panthers, beginner adult packages and telemark ski school. Mad River Glen’s Cricket Club Daycare provides a large and cheerful play area located right by the lift so parents can easily ski in for a quick visit. With a single base area, all trails return to the same place. The Base Box Lodge and General Starks Pub offer casual cafeteria dining and table service in the bar area, while a wall of windows next to the original stone fireplace in the bar offers a clear view of the single chair and up the mountain.
For more winter fun, the beautiful Mad River Valley offers more than 100 km of groomed cross-country trails at two local centers.
Ole’s Cross Country Ski Center
Located at the Warren-Sugarbush Airport, Ole’s offers 45 km of trails groomed for classic cross country and ski skating. Skiers of all abilities can enjoy panoramic views of Sugarbush and the rare quiet of deep woods. Ole’s is home to the Bill Koch Youth Ski League, a cross-country ski program for kids from 6–13 years old, founded over 20 years ago by the United States Ski Association and named for 1976 Olympic silver medalist Bill Koch. Enjoy the breathtaking views and a snack or meal from the deli at Ole’s Day Lounge. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available.
Blueberry Lake Cross Country & Snowshoe Center
Owner and operator Lenord Robinson opened the center in 1993, located on Plunkton Road in East Warren. At 83 years, Lenord still skis 10km a day, four or five days a week and continues to participate in ski races every year. He offers 11 trails on 33km of sheltered and open land, engineered and graded for all levels of classic skiing, skating and snowshoeing. The Valley Cup Race and Vermont Senior Games are held annually at Blueberry Lake. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available, and well behaved dogs are welcome.
“Work hard, take care of people, enjoy life, don’t fight over the cows. And for heaven’s sake, if the good Lord gives you a few inches of snow, pile it up and pray that you won’t need it!” -Lenord Robinson in Vermont Ski Magazine, 2003