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Sugarbush: One of Vermont's Top Ski Destinations

Sugarbush makes a strong case as one of Vermont's top ski destinations, which in turn makes it one of the greatest ski resorts on the Eastern seaboard.

With two mountains, three terrain parks and plenty of tree skiing to be had among the 2,000-acre Slide Brook Wilderness area and surrounding national forest, Eastern skiers and riders can find everything they're looking for at Warren, Vermont's Sugarbush.

Located about an hour south of Burlington, Vt., and just over three hours outside of Boston, Sugarbush can be the perfect mid-week or weekend getaway. The mountain boasts five high-speed quads, a top-notch ski and ride school and renowned customer service, making it a great place for both families and hard-core shredders alike.

Since opening for skiing on December 25, 1958, Sugarbush has seen many additions and renovations over the years. Mountain expansion and technology have made it easier to experience the resort area as a whole. Improvements to various mountain villages at the resort have made Sugarbush an important New England destination.

Regardless of all the change, the resort still remains true to its roots, offering an authentic and memorable experience to all who visit. To this day there are no stoplights or fast food restaurants in the Mad River Valley. The new Lincoln Peak Village consists of covered bridges, artisan shops and plenty of great places to eat. And much of the food served around the resort is grown, raised and produced within the valley, in true Vermont style.

Sugarbush Ski Area Best Year Since 2008

According to Ski Vermont, the ski area, and the state as a whole, is seeing the best season it's had since 2008, thanks to early season snowfalls, cold weather and increased snow-making capacity.

The resort is currently enjoying powder and packed powder conditions with an above-average base.

Earlier this season, Sugarbush made national news when a skier was chased by a bull moose right on the slopes of the mountainÑa testament to the natural wonder of Vermont ski areas.

With Sugarbush's goal to become the leading four-season resort in the Northeast, we'd say they are getting closer every year to accomplishing that goal.

Sugarbush is surrounded by both rural beauty and a handful of other top resorts located in the Mad River Valley, widely regarded as one of Vermont's most scenic areas. And Sugarbush holds a special place in the hearts of its loyal visitors who come back season after season.

Best Pass in the East?

Sugarbush is looking out for the 20-somethings with their "For20's" pass, giving skiers and riders an all access pass for as little as $419. For an additional $80, the pass grants mid-week and holiday access to neighboring Mad River Glen. And don't worry; if you're only 19, Sugarbush may look the other way for those who are in the twilight of their teenage years.

They are also offering $30 lift tickets every Thursday at Mt. Ellen; as well as Learn to Ski or Ride packages for $29.

Visit the resort's homepage at to see First Tracks video of the day's conditions, as well as its blog, current events, savings deals, social media and news.

And take a look at the Event Calendar when planning your next trip:

Mountain Stats

6 Peaks: Mount Ellen, Lincoln Peak, Castlerock Peak, North Lynx Peak, Gadd Peak, Inverness Peak
111 Trails
16 Lifts
2 Terrain Parks
578 Skiable Acres
53 Miles of Trails
Summit Elevation: 4,083ft
Average Annual Snowfall: 269"

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