Sugarbush Reviews


A really nice mountain with great trails


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...
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Rich Larow

Well what can i say about the rival to Stowe....


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.

Ski like the resorts out west


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...
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Sugarbush is a pretty nice resort


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...
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Excellent and diverse


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...
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Something for everyone


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...
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Best Terrain in the East


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...
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Best of all worlds


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!

Best in Vermont


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...
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