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Trail Map
Trail Map

263 inches average snowfall from Tony Crocker
Exposure is mainly north with some northeast and east


Burlington International Airport

JETBlue, US Airways, Continental, United and Delta.
Major car rental agencies are available at the airport



Waterbury-Stowe Station

By car:
Northbound directions from Albany and points south and west: take I-87 Northway to Exit 20, go northeast to NY #149 to Route 4 to Route 100. Follow Route 100 North to Warren. Turn left onto the Sugarbush Access Road (look for the Sugarbush Resort Area sign).

Southbound directions from Burlington or Montreal: take I-89 south to Exit 10 Waterbury. Follow Route 2 south through Waterbury to Route 100 South. Follow 100 South through Waitsfield. Turn right onto the Sugarbush Access Road (look for the Sugarbush Resort Area sign).

Northbound directions from New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and points south: take I-89 north to Exit 9/Middlesex to Route 100b. Follow 100b to 100 South through Waitsfield. Turn right onto the Sugarbush Access Road (look for the Sugarbush Resort Area sign).

If the weather isn't too snowy, take Exit 3/Bethel off I-89.  Take 107 west to 100 North, then follow it up through Rochester, Hancock and Granville until you take a left onto the Sugarbush Access Road (look for the Sugarbush Resort Area sign) in Warren.

Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Clay Brook at Sugarbush


Resort reservations

Luxury rooms to 5 bedroom residences. Concierge, grocery delivery (for a fee), bell service, boot valet, babysitting, pool, hot tubs, fitness room, restaurant &bar, game room, pet friendly residences available. 10




Resort condos and townhouses

slopeside, throughout the resort. Shuttles available

Resort reservations

Studios to 4 bedroom condos with full kitchens, cable TV, many with fireplace, decks, ski storage, washer&dryer and use of the Sugarbush Health & Racket Club 10




Mad River Valley Area Lodging Directory Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce list of a variety of lodging options throughout the region from motels to private homes. Singles to large families varies with properties

On mountain:
Off mountain:
The Common Man
3209 German Flats Rd
Terra Rossa Ristorante
527 Sugarbush Access Road


American Flatbread
46 Lareau Road
Waitsfield, VT

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Two new buildings, skiers' service and adult ski school and a children's service building, in the on going development of Lincoln Peak Village



Sugarbush has two ski areas - Lincoln Peak (formerly Sugarbush South) and Mt. Ellen (Sugarbush North). They are connected by a high-speed quad, the Slide Brook Express. The Express takes nine and a half minutes to cover the 11,000 foot distance, and the pristine terrain of the Green Mountain National Forest below is accessible via a guided tour. Sugarbush is known for some of the best and most diverse terrain in the East. It is located on the Western side of the Mad River Valley, which offers Sugarbush skiers & riders a wide variety of dining, lodging and entertainment options.

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General-Base elevation1483'
General-Vertical drop2600'
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General-Total area in bounds578 skiable acres
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Pros: Two, count them, two mountians for the price of one!

Cons: not a lot of terrain for beginners, a bit more North than other VT areas

I started skiing in the east over 50 years ago. I did not get to Sugarbush until last year. Wish I had gone there a lot sooner!! I was there midweek and avoided the crowds but you also may not have all lifts running, all lodges open, etc..  They have wonderful Intermediate and Expert terrain, they have a cool chairlift hat takes you to Mount Ellen (was: Glen Ellen) with the famed FIS trail. I recommend this place ot anybody. It's very Vermont, has history and it's a hell of a hill.


If you are an expert and like ungroomed, challenging terrain, take the Castlerock chair to skier nirvana, or skier horror if there is thin cover... I had a great time, skied there 2 days in March 2014 and really had a blast. Also, Mad RIver Glen (the anti-condo mountain) is nearby and a great place to ski as well - sorry, boarders, skiers only are allowed at MRG. The place is essentially a ski club that lets day trippers in and it's largely ubngroomed and a great place to ski. Cool views of Lake Champlain from the top.


Pros: Overall a great Mt, skiing experience overall is really good. Theyre up to date and the Mt covers a massive amount of land.

The racers that came out of Sugarbush were well trained, their mountain was a lot like ours, not as big but fast trails, and great race trails. Never did much free skiing there but when i did, not a bad experience at all. THe snowmaking is really good there now also. An overall good Mt, a step above Mad River in the snowmaking area and amount of terrain.


Pros: Castle Rock, Glades and the other areas that can not me mentioned

Cons: Lincoln Peak can be crowded at the base

This mountain is great.  It skis really big.  I have been there numerous times but I thought I would finally right a review.  Went there last weekend  March 20th.  There aren't many ski resorts in the east where you can stay on the upper mountain if you want.  This particular weekend the skiing on the upper lifts(upper lifts still give you 1400+ ft vertical) the skiing was midwinter conditions the entire day, the woods were fantastic.  As you made your way down the mountian to the base the snow soften up and skied more like mid march conditions(which were still outstanding).  There is so much variety of terrain with some nice long groomers for the immediate skier from the top of the mountain.  

What I most like about this ski area vs. others in the east is the vertical off each chair lift.   You can ski the upper lifts which have great vertical on steep terrain without that long runout that new england ski areas are known for.


Pros: Well run resort with nice amenities

Cons: LIttle bit on the pricey side

I just reviewed Mt. Ellen, so I thought I'd go ahead and review Lincoln Peak as well. I ski at Sugarbush 5-6 times a season; it's a nice all around resort with a vibe that's not necessarily what you might find elsewhere in Vermont. Kind of reminds me of Copper Mountain in some ways — pretty good for families, quality intermediate terrain, generally friendly staff. Still a little pricey if you're not a pass holder; I've got the Sugar Direct card which provides some type of discount on daily lift rates (20%?) and lets you avoid the ticket window, which is key. You just ski right on to the lift, and they scan your Sugar Direct pass which automatically charges your credit card.


I personally don't mind the recent development there at the base, but I kind of take issue with the gigantic faux barn styling of the new condos. I'm generally in favor of Vermont resorts looking to actually have a base complex at the base (as opposed to just a parking lot), but it's a little difficult to create that out of whole cloth where it doesn't exist. The new building there that houses ticket sales is a little bit better addition, in my opinion. 


We've had such fantastic snow here this year that it's almost impossible to criticize the skiing. December was a little light, but they've been at mostly 100% capacity since early January. Nice mix of bumps and the groomed at Sugarbush; head to Mt. Ellen for the terrain park. The food's just ok at Sugarbush; sometimes the kitchen staff can be kind of surly; they're probably not being paid enough, who knows. Overall, it's a pretty enjoyable place to ski; my kids love it, probably because it feels a little bit more like big mountain skiing out West, which they like.


Pros: Good terrain, nice town, good facilities

Cons: Location, cost

Sugarbush is a nice mountain, actually 2 - Lincoln and Mount Ellen. It has a real variety of terrain from legitimate steeps, good bump runs, groomed and ungroomed trails, and some classic New England trails - narrow trails that wind through the woods.


Doug Lewis, the former US Ski Team downhill racer, RSN host and now Universal Sports World Cup commentator, calls Sugarbush home and runs at least a few race camps there each year focused on speed events. The FIS trail is a classic steep race course and there are other race venues near the Lincoln Peak base lodge.


The Lincoln base lodge is a big, barn looking structure right next to a large hotel/condo/timeshare of the type that brought former owner ASC into bankruptcy. But the lodge has excellent facilities despite the somewhat corny exterior. I haven't eaten in the lodge because there is an excellent sandwich shop and bakery in Warren (maybe Waitsfield) just a few minutes before you get to the ski area.


The vibe is a mixture of locals and visitors but is generally friendly but it is no Mad River Glen in terms of a homey feel. The prices are expensive for lifts but there are some 2 for 1 deals available if you look hard. Cheaper than Stowe, more expensive than Mad River (the next door neighbor to Mt. Ellen). Mt. Ellen tends to close earlier in the year than Lincoln so if you want to ski it, don't wait for April.


Pros: lots of terrain, good conditions, family friendly

Cons: harder to get to (also a plus for many), not a lot of places to stay

I love Sugarbush. I first started going there 10 years ago when I was in college and I could ski for cheap! It’s a lot more expensive now (I think the lift tickets run about $80), but I feel good about the owners. It’s no longer part of the American Ski Company which made me feel better about it. I was sad that they built the new grandiose lodge and ridiculously scaled “barn” accommodations, but some people might find that quaint. About the mountain - There's a lot of terrain, and two mountains to ski (connected by a high speed quad that traverses the mountains, so you get an awesome view). There are easy trails, groomers, ungroomed steeps, bumps, a terrain park, pretty much everything you could ask for. I fell in love with this ski area because you could ski it all day and never feel bored and never feel crowded (unless it’s a holiday).

I like the towns of Waitsfield and Warren as well (if you’re in the area two MUSTS for food – American Flatbread – where it all began!! And the Warren Country store for sandwiches!!, If you're looking for a place to stay it can be a little tough. Best luck would be at a B&B and you could also stay in Waterbury and hit up Ben & Jerry’s factory while you’re there. You’ll find a lot of locals skiing here, and they are pretty darn awesome. The staff is super helpful as well.  The weekends and holidays can be mobbed, but the quality of skiing is pretty top notch!


Pros: Excellent Terrain variety, vast expert terrain in and out of bounds, family friendly, new base area

Cons: night life a bit sparse

One word describes this place:  Passionate.  The staff, owners and passholders are passionate about the ski experience here.  


Sugarbush's expert terrain is unmatched in the east.  Inbounds there are plenty of legitimate steeps and woods runs (including some great intermediate woods).  Over the past several years, the growing side-country is giving experts multiple playgrounds in the Slide Brook area between the two mountains.  Snowmaking has improved as has the family friendliness with the new ski school and rental buildings.  Add to that snowcat skiing for first tracks in the mornings and you've got a combination that's unmatched in the East.  The ownership is on-mountain daily, skiing the product -- even lending a hand in lift lines.  Warren Miller hero John Egan leads the ski school which includes a backcountry program for teens.  


Off the slopes, American Flatbread (modest prices) to the Pitcher Inn (expensive) bookend a deep variety of restaurants.  Ice skating, fantastic XC skiing, snowshoeing are right in the valley.  We've skied Stowe and Killington, but have deserted both for Sugarbush.   No better place to ski on the east coast.  


Pros: Terrain, atmosphere, moguls, generally uncrowded, two awesome mountains

Best of all worlds: moguls galore, smooth groomers, tons of tree skiing, steeps, ledge, pow a week after a storm, rarely crowded.  Great mountain, great "vibe," great people, great skiing.  I'm ok with skiing here 100 days a season!


Pros: Challengin terrain, friendly people, great guest service.

Cons: Thin coverage on ungroomed runs

Been there twice this season after being sick of Killington's crowds. Skiers at Sugarbush are generally friendly and polite and guest service guys are willing to help. My first trip there was christmas weekend when it was raining heavily on Sunday. Called the guest service and they got me an unrestricted voucher without question asked. Trails are most for intermediates and experts. My friends who are still at Green level felt that they can add more beginner terrain. I personally favor the Castlerock section with fantastic views and nice diamond runs. Coverage on those runs are thin with some exposed rocks and grass. WIsh they can make some snow on those. Overall it is my favorate VT resort compared to Killington (too crowded), Stowe (too flat), and Mount Snow (too flat). I'm fine with limited night life as I hang out with friends in the condo only... WIll definitely go back again.