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Sugarbush / Mad River Glen 2023-2024


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Sugarbush! Been open 5 days so far, I’ve been there every day. (I’m a little tired.)

Currently just Pushover/Lower Pushover/Slowpoke (and then the runout from those back to Gatehouse lift), which I consider one trail with a traffic split partway down. (They call this “four” trails, which… okay sure.) Technically there’s also a hike park at Mt Ellen, but no lifts and it’s just some features; not much of a trail, it’s just labeled as one in the app.

Snowmakers did a great job laying down a solid base; even with tricky weather it’s been pleasant enough in the mornings. (Gets a little skied off by afternoon but I’ve certainly skied worse.)

If you’re nearby and already have a pass it’s fun for a few runs. (Or if you are an instructor who likes playing with drills and hanging around talking about technique/form, we’ve been doing plenty of that in casual groups.) Not worth paying for a day ticket at this point, most (non-instructor) people I’ve seen have been doing laps for an hour and then get bored and bail.

They have been making snow like mad at the summit and mid mountain (looks like Organgrinder and Jester, plus the newly re-cut Reverse Traverse— no longer an uphill slog from the top of Valley House lift, and now considered an extension of Heaven’s Gate Traverse). I think the little video they posted on Instagram today is of Murphey’s. I don’t see them opening that terrain anytime in the next few days, there’s plenty of snow up there but no way to get back to the base on skis yet.

That being said… getting some of the real stuff from the sky tonight, maybe? Hopefully? And possibly more over the next couple of days. Last year they opened snowball/spring fling first and the wet December we had made that an icy nightmare for a while, so kinda glad they are doing something different this time. Weather warming up for the day tomorrow so they’re pausing snowmaking until Thursday when things cool off.

Everything above is just what I’ve read in their app and things I’ve seen while skiing; I sadly have zero insider info. I seriously can’t wait to ski some different trails but it’s great to be back on snow.

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