Last night I got back from Sugarbush Vermont. Because of the storm that passed over the Northeast last week, we were looking at roughly 24 inches of snow, combined with the man made stuff from the guns, on almost every single trail on the Mount Lincoln side of the resort. 76 open runs I think. Including the first openings of both Castlerock and North Lynx.
I started on Saturday by hitting Super Bravo at 8am, and then when up to Heaven's Gate. Did a warm up on Jester. Was going to repeat, but Heaven's Gate was shut for a wheel replacement. Went over to Castlerock, and arrogantly decided I could make it down whatever was up there. For those who don't know, I am a beginner (by days on snow), and Castlerock is groomed maybe twice a season.
Took Castlerock and Cotillion down, both were windy with big bumps. Very proud of myself for not falling. I wasn't graceful on the bumps, but I was able to get down and enjoyed it. No knee pain or injuries. Felt the burn in my quads.
Spent the rest of the day exploring the mountain, and went down a bunch of bumped up trails, including Organgrinder, which was bumped from the top of Heaven's Gate almost to the base.
Day two saw more of the same, just with a bit of tiredness from constant bump runs. Started with a warmup on Jester once again, followed by plunging into a cloudy abyss on Ripcord (Double Black under the Heaven's Gate chair). Visibility was maybe 15 feet, but Ripcord was under the guns constantly for both days. Soft man made powder, so even though I fell twice, onto my up hill side, it was soft. Once visibility cleared a bit, it was much easier to make my turns. I made it onto North Lynx this time, and took Birch and Sleeper the whole way down, which I absolutely loved.
In between these bump runs and steep diamonds, I did a bunch of laps on Spring Fling, with was slightly bumpy, but wide and fast.
As a whole, the snow was soft, there was very little ice (a couple of skied off sections on the easier trails), and the mountain skied fast. I felt Sugarbush was relatively steep, but not as steep as Whiteface was the previous weekend. That said, more open terrain, and my ability to finally get in successful mogul practice has given me an extremely positive open of Sugarbush's terrain.
Foodwise, I did not care for Timber, attached to the Clay Inn. The lunch I had at Castlerock Pub was better tasting, larger portion, and the same price.
We had a group of 14, mostly skiers, and stayed in the slopeside condos. They were well furnished, though my bed was a little lumpy. I can live with that though, as I skied right to the lift both mornings.
I would rate Sugarbush as a great mountain for a confident intermediate or better, and a better mountain for Skiers than Riders. I felt that a beginner wouldn't have as much fun, as the terrain was fairly challenging, and I think it would intimidate many.
In the photo above, I'm in the black jacket with the red pants.
Edited by Jonathan Keller - 12/15/14 at 8:53pm