With 18″ of fresh powder during our stay, we had perfect skiing conditions. They currently have 96 of their 111 trails open, with more to open as conditions improve. As of last week, Sugarbush had the most terrain available in Vermont.
Using the Ride and Ski card scored us two for one passes (deal only available weekdays at Sugarbush), saving us $93! (Tip: I scored my Ride and Ski card for $18 on Groupon and saved $34) Another way to save on lift tickets is Liftopia, where you can get amazing deals on hundreds of resorts, or skiing only the Mount Ellen side of the mountain on Thursdays, when they offer $30 all day passes.
We stayed in the Paradise Condos located just down the road from the main resort. While not extravagant, the condos are practical and comfortable. We stayed two nights in a one bedroom condo with a full kitchen and bath. Free WiFi is a luxury not found in many places in the Mad River valley, so was a nice touch. After venturing out on the mountain, coming back to a warm fire was the perfect end to our day.
Our first stop after a long day of driving was for dinner at Timbers restaurant. We enjoyed a Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ Sip of Sunshine, while waiting for our meal of pork belly tacos and poutine. If you’re not familiar with poutine, you are seriously missing out. It’s a Canadian dish made with french fries, cheese curd, and gravy, and the artery-clogging goodness is worth every calorie.
We enjoyed a couple more of Lawson’s Finest offerings, including their hearty Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, boasting an impressive 10.1% ABV. It was smooth and full of espresso flavor with a maple finish, and not nearly as boozy tasting as you might expect from a beer with such a high alcohol content.
Side note: We chatted with Olympian and retired NHL player, Martin St. Louis, and his wife, and didn’t even realize it until an hour later.
If you’re looking for après ski snacks or drinks, this is your spot. We hit up Castlerock Pub for a quick lunch of pulled pork nachos, paired with beers and bloody Marys.
To celebrate Bobby’s birthday, we enjoyed a quiet dinner at Chez Henri, a Parisian bistro located right at the main resort. Oysters, striped bass, roast duck, and crème brûlée. Need I say more?
The Big Picture Theatre & Café
We took the short, 10 minute drive to Waitsfield to visit The Big Picture Theatre and Café and try their famous mini maple glazed doughnuts. They did not disappoint! We enjoyed huevos rancheros, the Ver-Monte cristo, bloody Marys (again… don’t judge 😉 ) and vanilla lattés.
We stayed two nights and three days, but if you have a couple extra days to enjoy at Sugarbush, here’s a few more places I recommend:
Visiting Sugarbush outside of ski season?
Sugarbush offers disc golf, a zip line, mountain biking and more! Or check out Sugarbush Soaring for scenic flights over Mad River Valley.