Sugarbush Resort

Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke
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Sugarbush is sweet, like Vermont maple syrup. Located in the beautiful Mad River Valley, this is Vermont skiing at its best, authentic. The two interconnected mountains, Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, feature long classic meandering trails, gorgeous birch and Sugarbush glades, and spectacular views of pastoral hillsides and Camels Hump, Stowe's Mt Mansfield, 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 or without a guide. Sugarbush proudly only grooms half their terrain, leaving much of their terrain un-groomed, un-altered and inherent - authentic Vermont.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Sugarbush Resort vs
Sugarbush ResortJay Peak
beginner23 %20 %
intermediate43 %40 %
advanced27 %40 %
expert7 %-
total runs111 78
ski area581ac 385ac
summit elevation4,083ft 3,968ft
total lifts16 9
child lift ticket$65 Free
adult lift ticket$78 $64

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DODylan O.
advanced skier

4.2 / 5

Nov 27, 2017
skiing here several years as a child left wonderful memories of learning to love the mountain. Returning a few years ago with my kids has been a wonderful return and creation of a new history. My kids have gone from spending a season on the green to now exploring the entire... More
KQKen Q.
expert skier
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
Best chain of mountains in New England! Love the classic vibe you get at Sugarbush. Castlerock is truly the best terrain in the east HANDS DOWN. Could use a bit more nightlife, but the inns and lodges in the area provide a more charming and relaxed sit by the fire vibe than most... More
RSRyan S.
expert skier

3.9 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
Sugarbush is probably my favorite place to ski in the East. An old school vibe with everything from manicured groomed cruisers to steeps to pant soiling chutes in the woods. For the adventurous, you can traverse the Long Trail at the Summit to get to Castle Rock; a purely natural... More
TMTim M.

5 / 5

Oct 17, 2017
Sugarbush has the best variety of terrain in Vermont! Amazing steeps and glades on two mountains. Castle Rock lift has some of the most challenging runs anywhere. Much better value than Stowe!

5 / 5

Oct 23, 2013
Beautiful winding trails through the woods, Vermont the way it was and should still be.

5 / 5

Aug 27, 2013
the 3 times i've been there have been great - the people, food, accomodations @ the sugarbush inn, and most of all the slope conditions. there are no such things as lift lines there. i snowboard so i appreciate wide, long runs and sgrbsh has plenty. i live in phila pa, and for... More

2 / 5

Nov 24, 2010
only on a good year

5 / 5

Nov 12, 2009
Trails are fun to ski, following the natural mountain terrain, steep,narrow, curves, not like other mtns that have cut all the trees down and call them trails. Plus small lift lines!!!!

5 / 5

Sep 13, 2009
Along with great terrain for more advanced riders/skiers, Sugarbush has a truly exceptional teaching staff. Their ski school is phenomonal and well worth the extra drive (from Virginia).

5 / 5

Apr 21, 2008
Sugarbush is my favorite because it's what I know. I've vacationed a Sugarbush more so than any other resort. I also like Stowe. I hoped to visit Sugarbush and some place new this past winter, but it didn't happen. I will be ready for the next season.
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Stowe Mountain Resort
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Stratton Mountain
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Sugarbush Resort
23% 43% 34%