Getting Ready for your Vermont Vacation

Vermont is famous for its scenery, mountains, and widespread skiing availability. Sugarbush is itself legendary, with a colorful past and some of the best skiing in the area. However, preparing for your vacation is nearly as important as enjoying it. Before you pack up your skis and head to our beautiful neck of the woods, be sure to properly plan your trip.


Focus on your destination. If you’re reading this on our website, congratulations! You’ve already chosen your destination! Sugarbush Resort is one of the most welcoming destinations in the area—from kid adventures to experts-only ungroomed trails. While choosing us, you likely considered travel, cost, ability accessibility, and area recreation.


Book your lodging. This is where we can help you most. Our site spotlights several Sugarbush Resort lodging opportunities. When choosing the best accommodations for your needs, you should consider distance to the mountain, cost, amenities (do you need covered parking? Do you care about having an in-house restaurant?), and potential bundling options.


Book your lessons. When we travel to other ski mountains, we like to start the trip with a lesson. This is the best way to understand the mountain you’re about to ski; your instructor will have all the insider information you need to make the most of your time at the resort. Additionally, you should never pass up an opportunity to improve your skills!


Figure out your equipment. Travelling with skis and snowboards is rarely an ideal option. Luckily, the Mad River Valley has dozens of rental options available to resort guests. Don’t want to travel to another shop to rent? Sugarbush Resort has a rental shop of its own. Reserving equipment online and in advance is a great way to save money.


Once you’ve figured out these essential steps, the rest of your planning should come easily. Be sure to plan early and do your research; skiing is an expensive sport and looking in the right places could save hundreds of dollars.

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Lodging Highlight: Sugarbush Inn

Just under a mile away from the base of Lincoln Peak, the Sugarbush Inn will offer an unforgettable stay. Visitors can experience the charm and hospitality of a Vermont country inn without having to leave the resort. Offering comfortable guest rooms with king size beds (or two twin beds), private baths, and cable TV, this is a great place to spend an evening relaxing fireside. They even have a wood-paneled library.

In addition to being one of the coziest lodging opportunities at the resort, the Inn offers an impressive range of amenities. These include: adjoining rooms, daily housekeeping, on-site parking, direct dial telephone, wakeup service, continental breakfast, a restaurant, and a shuttle to lifts. They also offer complimentary access to the resort’s Health and Recreation Center, which includes an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, weight room, and exercise equipment. The Sugarbush Inn is only available for the winter and early spring season, so get your reservations while you can.


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Lodging Highlight: Clay Brook

Offering slopeside accommodations, comfortable common spaces, fireplaces, in-suite Jacuzzi tubs, and the most comfortable beds you’ve ever used, Clay Brook is the perfect place to spend your Sugarbush Visit. Arguably the most luxurious of Sugarbush Resort’s lodging opportunities, Clay Brook is ready to be your home away from home. With concierge services, underground valet parking, a private fitness room, an outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, a restaurant, and dog-friendly residences (upon request), you’ll have everything you need for a cherished vacation.

Clay Brook offers 61 residences, and accommodations range from studios to five-bedroom suites—perfect for a romantic weekend or a multi-family February break. Each residence is meticulously furnished, boasting hardwood furniture, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. Furthermore, visitors can simply walk out their front door and onto the resort base—you’re so close to the mountain fun you won’t even have to catch a shuttle to the lifts.


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Nearby Attractions for Sugarbush Guests

Sugarbush offers more than standard skiing and riding. Spring, summer, and fall visitors can experience bountiful hiking, mountain biking, and golfing, and the abundance of tennis courts and Disc Golf courses is enough to keep your whole group happy. However, venturing outside of the resort can pay off in a very big way—The Mad River Valley is a popular tourist region. The picturesque scenery is, in part, preserved by the Friends of the Mad River, a non-profit organization formed to preserve and protect the recreational, ecological, and aesthetic resources of the Valley. Below are a few of our favorite things to do in this stunning area.


Visit Warren Falls—Visiting these beautiful waterfalls is easy for Sugarbush Resort visitors; the site itself is also located in Warren, Vermont. Follow a short and easy path into the forest to find a wonderfully relaxing spot. Perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and wildlife viewing, Warren Falls is a must-see spot for Valley visitors.


Make a Pilgrimage to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory—Just a short drive to Waterbury, this is a great spot to take the whole family. The tour is fun and concise; just thirty minutes will bring you through the factory and into a sampling room. Visit the flavor grave yard, take fun photos, and enjoy a few scoops of Vermont’s famous ice cream.


Pick-Your-Own at Wellwood Orchard—If you’re visiting in the summer or fall, be sure to stop by Wellwood Orchard on your way out of Mad River Valley. The farm offers pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, and berries, depending on the season.


Find Serenity at Ole’s Cross Country Center—Every now and then, we need a break from the rush of alpine skiing. Luckily, Warren is full of Nordic skiing opportunities. The trails offered at Ole’s are some of the most picturesque around.


Horseback Riding Tours for the Whole Family—Regardless of the season, horseback riding is a great activity. If you’re inexperienced or nervous, guided tours are the way to go. If you know your way around the stable, you’re on your way to an unforgettable day!


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