Sugarbush is so good we almost want to keep it secret. But, being the wonderful human beings that we are, we’ll share the love (plus it isn’t that much of a secret anyway).
Located along the Mad River Valley the resort is made up of two mountains: Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, and has ample terrain (more than nearby Stowe and just as good) spread across six interconnecting peaks. When it first opened, the Bush was very glamorous attracting the likes of The Kennedy’s and other high profile celebs but the glitterati crowd soon dispersed which is just as well as it meant Sugarbush was able to avoid crass restaurant chains and the rest of the hoi-polloi. Today, the resort’s style is that of quintessential Vermont; think clapboard farmhouses, Dutch barns, and artisan shops.
Sugarbush’s diverse terrain includes steep deeps, quiet glades, bumps, parks, and perfectly groomed corduroy trails. Castlerock Peak, home to some serious pro terrain, offers extreme, ungroomed runs and some 20 wooded trails while Cadd Peak is geared towards intermediates. Recommended glades include Egan’s Woods and Eden. Or for something more chilled, head to North Lynx Peak where you’ll find novice terrain and relaxing runs
Easy to reach lodging, a rad lift-system, and on-the-mountain après is the icing on the cake. Check out Chez Henri’s Back Room and the Slidebrook Tavern.
Transport from NYC
Driving time: 307 miles/6hrs
To get there from New York, take the I-89 north to Exit 9/Middlesex to Route 100b. Follow 100b to 100 South through Waitsfield, and turn right onto the Sugarbush Access Road.
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