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Sugarbush and MRG conditions?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I am headed up to Sugarbush / MRG next week and was wondering what the conditions are like. Last weeks snow must have helped quite a bit. Did you get rain or snow last night? Not that anything will change our plans but just curious and any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

PS Is the Warren gap passable?
post #2 of 19
I live south of there and they had forecast rain but we got about 4 inches of wet snow and no rain which is good news. The conditions were phenomenal on friday and sunday. More snow is forecast so it should keep it from getting too hard after this freeze thaw cycle...

Alfonse
post #3 of 19
Ski'd MRG Sunday and Monday (kissed my wife in front of the cashier and got two for one!). Conditions were wonderful. Perhaps too good as it took me a half hour to find a lost ski under three feet of powder. I heard they got three more inches from the squall last night. I think they'll avoid any catastrophe tonight and tomorrow. We'll certainly be back next week.

We drove home through the pass during the squall but it was fine.
post #4 of 19
They've had some 30" since last Wed. The conditions Sunday were the best of the season.
post #5 of 19
Skied at Sugarbush last Fri-Sun and enjoyed some great powder skiing. Lots of fresh tracks to be found if you know where to look. The skiing is good and they are getting more but the base was minimal before last weekend, so you may still find a few rocks on some of the more popular slopes or those without snow making.
post #6 of 19
Skied MRG on Friday and Bush on Saturday. MRG was a ton better. They are expecting snow off and on through the week, I would lean to MRG over Bush. We went over the pass on Sunday AM it it was fine.

Stop at "The Barn" for a drink and tell Craig and Vicky I said "Hi"
post #7 of 19
We got snow last night but warm temps today here in the Mad River Valley. Conditions at MRG were a bit cement-like this morning, but skied in well, then got a bit faster in the afternoon. Warm temps are supposed to give way to snow again tonight, with 3-5" called for tomorrow IF the temps go down the way they are supposed to.

Next week's conditions should be great at both places as we're supposed to get more snow through the end of the week.

The Roxbury Gap is passable as long as the temps go down. Today must have been a bit gnarly but it should set up. Came over it last night and it was pretty washboarded, but holding up otherwise. 12A is frost heave central though.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input everyone, it is greatly appreciated. Sounds like it should be a great week up there, can't wait. Now...must get back to work......must work....argh....
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Skied MRG on Friday and Bush on Saturday. MRG was a ton better. They are expecting snow off and on through the week, I would lean to MRG over Bush. We went over the pass on Sunday AM it it was fine.

Stop at "The Barn" for a drink and tell Craig and Vicky I said "Hi"

Phil -- do you mean "The Den" in Waitsfield? The reason I ask is that the bartender there is Craig and I chat with him every time I am up there skiing and stop in for a meal (killer salad bar). We have the same name and he always seems to remember me.

Hope to be up there next week or the week after and hit the Bush and MRG.

Anybody have recommendations on a cheap place to stay?? I usually stay at Weathertop Lodge or Waits Farm Motel.

Craig
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by skier219
Phil -- do you mean "The Den" in Waitsfield? The reason I ask is that the bartender there is Craig and I chat with him every time I am up there skiing and stop in for a meal (killer salad bar). We have the same name and he always seems to remember me.

Hope to be up there next week or the week after and hit the Bush and MRG.

Anybody have recommendations on a cheap place to stay?? I usually stay at Weathertop Lodge or Waits Farm Motel.

Craig
No, I do mean "The Barn". Stay there, it is just down from MRG on 17. I am not sure what the rooms are, but I do know that they have $30.00 lift tickets. Breakfast and Dinner is included.
post #11 of 19
"The Barn" is the Mad River Barn - Betsy Pratt's place. Just ran into her at the grocery store and she's stocking up for a busy weekend.

Skied the Bush today - interesting start to the day as we had rain into snow yesterday, but as things softened up, conditions just got better and better.

For cheap places to stay, try the Barn or Golden Lion (bottom of Sugarbush access road). For good, reasonable food - the 'new' Local Folks Smokehouse (where the Mad Mountain Tavern was) is great.
post #12 of 19
Ah OK, I know that Barn!

I'm going to keep an eye on conditions and weather. If next week is iffy I'll probably head up the week after. It will be my first time back in the area since 98 so I want to hit some good snow. Would be awesome if I could ski Castlerock and MRG.

Craig
post #13 of 19
Has anyone skied the trail to the Barn from lower Antelope?
post #14 of 19
Are you sure that trail goes down 17? Last weekend we parked on 17 since we showed late, we ended the day on lower antelope. I thought the trail led down to 17 and we were going to ski it but then upon closer inspection it looked like it led down to a little side road...

Alfonse
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by JTripodi
Has anyone skied the trail to the Barn from lower Antelope?

Thats the 19th hole, I still haven't done it.
post #16 of 19
There used to be an off-piste drop bowl between Paradise and Castlerock that the locals referred to as "Going to Church". It could be seen from the Heaven's Gate Chair. Haven't been up in 15 years, is it still there?
post #17 of 19
19 hole cuts back into the lower portion of Lower Antelope. There may be a runout to 17, I am not sure....

Alfonse
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by JTripodi
Ski'd MRG Sunday and Monday (kissed my wife in front of the cashier and got two for one!).
My wife and I were there for the 2 for 1 too. Sorry I missed you, it would have been nice to make a few turns. It was our first time there so we really didn't know all the great stashes, but I have to agree that the conditions were excellent.

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post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
19 hole cuts back into the lower portion of Lower Antelope. There may be a runout to 17, I am not sure....
Alfonse
Actually it's 20th hole that cuts back into the lower portion of Lower Antelope. 19th hole is the area beneath that -- take a right off lower antelope a little further down, and it'll take you to the Barn.
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