Sugarbush is sweet, like Vermont maple syrup. Located in the beautiful Mad River
Valley, this is Vermont skiing at its best. The two interconnected mountains,
Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, feature long classic meandering trail, gorgeous
birch glades, and spectacular views of pastoral hillsides and Mount Washington,
Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in the distance. Sugarbush skis like a 4,000
acre playground thanks to the two ski areas and the 2,000 acres of backcountry
glades in between called Slidebrook, where you can enjoy long natural glade runs
on untouched snow with our without a guide.
Sugarbush is worth a week to explore all the terrain from perfectly groomed cord
to challenging natural runs and glades on Castlerock and Heavens Gate.
Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley have plenty of cozy bnbs and romantic inns,
but if you like to stay slopeside then the Clay Brook is your ticket. From ski
valet, and valet parking, to a steamy outdoor pool and two Jacuzzis, Clay Brook
meets all skiers’ need and many of your wishes – like first tracks and fine
Clay Brook, the classy country barn style Inn added in 2007, is the lodging
centerpiece of the Lincoln Peak ski village. Rooms range from standard hotel
style to residential suite living with granite full kitchen, fireplaces and
decks with slope views. Clay Brook’s outdoor Jacuzzis and heated pool offer a
great view of the slopes and village.
Lincoln Peak’s skier plaza is modeled as a Vermont style village with a
Schoolhouse, Farmhouse Gatehouse, and Timbers Round Barn, all tasteful and
functional with all the skiers’ services from Castlerock Pub, and ski rentals to
kids Sugarbear ski camp.
While it’s no longer Mascara Mountain – a reputation earned from its glamorous
weekend crowds in the 60’s and 70’s, there is a great vibe at Sugarbush these
days. That’s in large part due to Win Smith, a former Merrill Lynch guy, who
bought the ski resort in 2001 – Win is passionate about skiing and it shows.
For a real treat, book the Lincoln Limo for first tracks via snow cat, and don’t
be surprised if Win or extreme ski film star John Egan, Sugarbush’s ski
ambassador, join you. Or take the snow cat at night to Allyn’s mid mountain
lodge for an extraordinary fondue dinner and moonlight ski down.