Sugarbush Ski Vacation Guide

Sugarbush is an absolutely beautiful ski area nestled amidst lush alpine forests, soaring peaks and crystalline rivers. This mountain provides a memorable experience for anyone serious about skiing and snowboarding. 

Ski Levels 

Located in the Mad River Valley, you’ll find over 500 acres of skiable land and 111 varied trails for all ages and experience levels. The skiable terrain is divided as follows: 20 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate, and 35 percent expert and advanced runs. The resort boasts 16 lifts, two separate mountains, six peaks, a terrain park, tons of gladed areas and the 2,000 acre Slide Brook Wilderness area. In addition to great skiing, there are a host of amenities once you reach the resort. There are full-service ski and snowboard shops and an impressive array of rental and demo equipment available. There are tons of classes and clinics available for all experience levels. The Ski and Ride School at Sugarbush is dedicated to their guests and ensures the opportunity for all visitors to hone their skills while focusing on safety and fun. 

Après Ski

Also located slope side are several quality dining and drinking options. The Castlerock Pub is a mellow and relaxing après ski spot with a full bar and full menu. The Green Mountain Lodge located on Mt. Ellen has some great microbrews and live music on Saturdays. If you are seeking a pure ski vacation Sugarbush is the perfect destination. Pristine scenery, plentiful trails and runs and a gorgeous, idyllic resort town are what make Sugarbush a premier resort destination in Vermont.

Sugarbush Snowboard Vacation Guide

Rider’s Guide

Sugarbush has become somewhat of a haven for snowboarders in the area. SKI magazine has awarded Sugarbush the #1 spot for terrain variety in the East and boarders can expect to find over 500 acres of land at the resort, as well as 111 trails of varying degrees of difficulty. 16 separate lifts take visitors up through some 2,600 feet of vertical to some of the most challenging runs in the state, including the Heaven’s Gate Triple and the Northway.

Parks and Pipes

Mount Ellen, one of the 6 mountains of the resort provides the terrain park for Sugarbush. The park is massive and even has its own completely dedicated lift. The park has 50 different features and is growing every year. One recent feature is a sweet 3′ flat to 28′ down 4" round street rail from Guru and more features are being added all the time. Sugarbush’s dedicated staff are working non-stop to make the park even more legendary than it already is. They also offer private one on one lessons with pro park riders with an emphasis on style, progression and safety, no matter the experience level.

Out of Bounds

The Sugarbush Sports Center has exercise facilities and there is shopping, dining and drinking also located at the resort. Those who want more outdoor activities can take a sleigh ride, ice skate, snowcat or skijor all within a mile or so of the mountain.

Hangout & Hookup

Sugarbush’s slope side has some wonderful après ski spots like The Castlerock Pub, The Green Mountain Lounge and Wunderbar. Just around the corner in neighboring Warren visitors will find The Common Man and the Pitcher Inn, each provide local, seasonal cuisine and an impressive array of wines and microbrews. General Stark’s Pub and Hyde Away are two additional spots that are popular with locals and offer a lively après ski environment. Accommodation can be found slopeside or a few miles away in Warren and Waitsfield. Lodging ranges from budget hotels, romantic bed and breakfasts, and historic inns to beautifully converted Vermont farmhouses.

The Deal

Warren, Vermont and Waitsfield, Vermont are only a few miles away, and both provide basic amenities, shopping and dining not found slopeside. I-89 and I-87 both lead directly to Route 100 which leads to Sugarbush. The nearest airports are found in Burlington, Vermont (1 hour away) and Albany, New York (150 miles away).