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Hi All,

 

I just planned a trip to Sugarbush for MLK weekend and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do it and also ski Mad River.  It's 2 skiers, 2 boarders and none of us have ever been to either resort.  How should we do it?

 

1. What should we ski at Sugarbush if we like bumps and trees?  I understand Castlerock and Ellen are must skis, anything else?

 

2. How bad will the lift lines be at MRG?  We're planning on skiing Saturday, Sunday, & Monday.  I REALLY want to ski MRG but I've read that the single chair lines can reach 1 hour on holidays.  Is this true?  Anyone with experience there on MLK weekend?  

 

3. What is the real story with the frozen waterfall on Paradise?  I've watched a few youtube videos of the run and at no point do I see the waterfall.  I can't tell whether it's mandatory and/or how high it actually is.  

 

4. Final question - recently sold my skis and I'll want to rent demos for the trip.  Any recommendations on where to do it?  Does the rental place at Sugarbush base have a decent selection?  Yes, I know base rentals are most expensive but since we're traveling as a group with one car I don't know how much flexibility I'll have.  Anything good on the access road (staying at a hotel there)?

 

Thanks!

-Michael

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Hi All,

 

I just planned a trip to Sugarbush for MLK weekend and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do it and also ski Mad River.  It's 2 skiers, 2 boarders and none of us have ever been to either resort.  How should we do it?

 

1. What should we ski at Sugarbush if we like bumps and trees?  I understand Castlerock and Ellen are must skis, anything else?

 

2. How bad will the lift lines be at MRG?  We're planning on skiing Saturday, Sunday, & Monday.  I REALLY want to ski MRG but I've read that the single chair lines can reach 1 hour on holidays.  Is this true?  Anyone with experience there on MLK weekend?  

 

3. What is the real story with the frozen waterfall on Paradise?  I've watched a few youtube videos of the run and at no point do I see the waterfall.  I can't tell whether it's mandatory and/or how high it actually is.  

 

4. Final question - recently sold my skis and I'll want to rent demos for the trip.  Any recommendations on where to do it?  Does the rental place at Sugarbush base have a decent selection?  Yes, I know base rentals are most expensive but since we're traveling as a group with one car I don't know how much flexibility I'll have.  Anything good on the access road (staying at a hotel there)?

 

Thanks!

-Michael

Welcome to EpicSki!  Hopefully those who know MRG and Sugarbush will chime in soon.  Can tell you that MRG is for skiers only, no snowboards.

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I'm a boarder so I can only help with Sugarbush info. 

 

If Castlerock is open by early January that's the spot you want to hit for bumps. For trees I prefer to stay off the marked tree runs, some good spots off Heaven's Gate and on Mt Ellen. If you're really lucky and adventourous you can try slide brook which brings you out to the German Flats rd where a shuttle will pick you up if you flag them down. For on the map tree runs I like Deeper Sleeper. Again all of this depends on having enough snow by early January.

 

Lift lines will be long at both resorts, I know on a holiday weekend 30-45 minutes is the normal at Sugarbush when you're down at the base. 

 

Maybe I'm mistaken but the most famous frozen waterfall is in Stowe and it's about 10-15 feet depending on snow depths. I haven't dropped anything since my shoulder surgeries 5 years ago so maybe something has changed.

 

Hope this helped

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Thanks Nick!  I know lines will be long everywhere, but at least at a big resort like Sugarbush one can move to less crowded lifts at peak times.  Not sure how much of that is possible at Mad River, which seems to have 3 chairs with the single being the main attraction.  

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