Sugarbush Resort sits nestled in the Mad River Valley in Warren, Vermont. One of the largest ski resorts in New England, it encompasses more than 4,000 acres and offers skiers and riders more than 53 miles of trail. Its 16 lifts will get you to the top quickly, allowing access to more than 578 skiable trail acres within the 111 trails and 18 marked wooded areas. With a summit elevation of 4,083 feet and a vertical drop of 2,600, every member of the family can find terrain comfortable for their ability level.
Though Sugarbush has seen several recent additions, the resort has been around for sixty years. Resort ownership changed several times in the decades following its initial opening in 1958, but Claneil Enterprises is responsible for building the foundations of the resort we love; in 1984, they transformed the mountain into a four-season resort, adding tennis courts, restaurants, condominiums, and a golf course. Then, a decade later, the American Skiing Company purchased the resort, installing seven new lifts, increasing snowmaking ability (by over 300%!), and building a massive reservoir for snowmaking. Most recently, Summit Ventures NE LLC purchased Sugarbush in 2001, making further snowmaking improvements, adding several new lifts, and extending skiable terrain.
The resort has two mountain areas separated by the Slide Brook Basin. Though the south side of the resort—Lincoln Peak—is the main mountain area, Mt. Ellen is the third highest peak in the state. It has one of the largest vertical drops in Vermont (2,600 feet), and visitors to its peak can glimpse southern Quebec. Similarly, Castlerock, one of the main mountain’s peaks, has steep, sinuous runs and several “expert only” trails. However, newer skiers have nothing to fear; more than 65% of skiable terrain is suitable for beginner and intermediate riders (20% Green Circle and 45% Blue Square).
Though Sugarbush is most obviously known for its phenomenal skiing, the off-season offers just as much excitement and family fun. Outdoor tennis courts, a rock gym, pools, hot tubs, steam rooms, and a golf course comprise just some of the resort’s non-winter offerings. The mountain is also available for hiking and mountain biking, providing mountain terrain for a wide variety of ability levels. Visitors can access Disc Golf, active chair lifts, and even a zip line.
No matter your age, interests, or tolerance for cold weather, Sugarbush Resort is a must-see New England destination. Come alone or with the whole family—you’re bound to make lasting memories.