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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
 I have wondered whether or not my favorite resort (Sugarbush, VT) was planning any significant changes for a while now since ownership changed in 2001. I know that they are locked in tightly by local politics and the US forest service.

However, I recently came across a vegetation management plan prepared for Sugarbush in November of 2008, in which several plans are highlighted for major expansions, all of which were approved by this report. I have posted the link below, and pay special attention to the last 8-10 pages, which show the potential expansion areas (both at South and North ski areas). The expansion plans at Lincoln Peak seem to have been fully approved by this report (in regard to vegetation). Tell me what you think...

http://www.anr.state.vt.us/Imaging/Planning/5W1045-31/2008_Sugarbush_Vegetation%20Management%20Plan_With_Figures.pdf
post #2 of 9
 Very interesting.  Looks like proposed trails/lifts in between Castle Rock and North Lynx, and in the Slidebrook area.  And what I'd guess is a lift/trail serving the employee parking lot (maybe it will be expanded).  Have you posted about this on the "skimrv.com" forums?  They'd likely be the best place to get info.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
 Thanks for the info... will do!
post #4 of 9
If your talking about the mountain and not the LP base area developements which phase 2 will hopefully be started in the summer of 2010.

Trail crews are currently finishing up opening up 7 new glade areas. There will never be any lifts in the Slide Brook Basin other than the interconnect that was built by ASC in the mid-90's. It's a protected black bear habitat. LP is on NF land but Mt Ellen is owned by the resort. The summit ridge of the entire resort also has severe usage restaints, some connected to the Bicknell Thrush which I'm sure you read in the report and being part of the Long Trail.

Right now we hoping for some snow Wednesday night on the upper mountain, just like we had last year about this time last year.

Oct 2, 2008
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
 Yeah, no I'm not talking about the LP Village expansion.  If you look at the report, you will see that there are 2-3 new trail pods at Lincoln Peak and 2 at Mount Ellen, as well as tons of new trails and glades in already-developed areas.  I know they have been cutting 7 new gladed areas this summer to open this year.  they are in come of the areas indicated on the report I posted.  The actual locations of the tree skiing areas are identified in the report linked here, and the map also linked here.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain/htm/greenmountain/links/projects/docs/other/calendar_year_09/sugarbush_treeski_dm_4aug09.pdf

http://www.anr.state.vt.us/Imaging/Planning/5W1045-31/Tree%20Skiing%2006-26-09_final.pdf


All Sugarbush reports are located here :

http://www.anr.state.vt.us/site/cfm/act250/detail.cfm?ID=24811
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
 WOO!
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by winterdude87 View Post

 Yeah, no I'm not talking about the LP Village expansion.  If you look at the report, you will see that there are 2-3 new trail pods at Lincoln Peak and 2 at Mount Ellen, as well as tons of new trails and glades in already-developed areas.  I know they have been cutting 7 new gladed areas this summer to open this year.  they are in come of the areas indicated on the report I posted.  The actual locations of the tree skiing areas are identified in the report linked here, and the map also linked here.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain/htm/greenmountain/links/projects/docs/other/calendar_year_09/sugarbush_treeski_dm_4aug09.pdf

http://www.anr.state.vt.us/Imaging/Planning/5W1045-31/Tree%20Skiing%2006-26-09_final.pdf


All Sugarbush reports are located here :

http://www.anr.state.vt.us/site/cfm/act250/detail.cfm?ID=24811
What your looking at is basically just a wish list for the future, the next phase of the LP base expansion is what is on the table right now .
post #8 of 9
 From the Sugarbush website.

 But the BIG NEWS for this winter is the 70 new acres of wooded terrain we have added. The mountain ops team worked right on through September cutting new lines at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen and the areas aren’t just for experts. There are some great mellow lines through the new Race Course Woods skiers-right of Lower Snowball and Brambles Woods over at Mt. Ellen is looking perfect for intermediates.

 
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I know...

That is one of the first phases for the larger expansion project that is being considered.  This will comprise about 1/2 to 2/3 of the gladed areas proposed by the full plan in the original post..

w/e... I'm excited!
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