Sugarbush Resort, Vermont

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Sugarbush Resort in Vermont and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Sugarbush Resort is located in the Mad River Valley of upper central Vermont. The Mad River Valley is a picturesque area, with its early beginnings in the manufacturing of lumber and clapboard and is now […]

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Sugarbush Resort in Vermont and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Sugarbush Resort is located in the Mad River Valley of upper central Vermont. The Mad River Valley is a picturesque area, with its early beginnings in the manufacturing of lumber and clapboard and is now known for tourism. Sugarbush Resort, which opened on December 25, 1958 as a result of the vision of Damon Gadd and Jack Murphy. In 1979, after many years of growth, Glen Ellen Ski Area, (known as Mount Ellen) was sold to Roy Gohen, who then created a framework for the Sugarbush Resort we know today. Over the years, Sugarbush Resort has experienced many growing pains and several ownership groups with great visions. Perhaps one of the most significant changes to Sugarbush Resort and possibly the resorts largest expansion came when American Skiing Company purchased the Resort. In 1995, they performed a major expansion to the chairlift system, including the connecting of Mt Ellen to the main portion of the Sugarbush Village. The Slide Brook Express high-speed quad was also unveiled in 1995 and allowed skiers and snowboarders faster access to the entire Resort. Today’s, Sugarbush Resort is a four-season resort, which is comprised of six (6) mountain peaks which include, Gadd, Lincoln, Castlerock, North Lynx, Mt Ellen and Inverness.

On the Slopes

  • Sugarbush Resort is a great place for families to visit and create lasting memories. The mountain offers a varied selection of terrain to more than challenge every level of ability from the novice to the advanced/expert skier or snowboarder. The mountain’s layout and modern lift system allows skiers and boarders the opportunity to stay on the snow longer by spending less time on the chairlifts. Leaving lots of time to rack up all that vertical.
  • At the summit of both Lincoln Peak and Mt Ellen you will discover amazing views of the Mad River Valley and the Vermont countryside as far as the eye can see. Remember to pack your camera and also enjoy the excellent and challenging terrain of Paradise, Ripcord, Rim Run or Castle Rock as you descend down the mountain.
  • Sugarbush Resort is home to four terrain parks that will satisfy every level of park enthusiast with three of the terrain parks located on Mt Ellen complete with their own dedicated chairlift, the Sunshine Double. The fourth terrain park known as the Hollywood Park is located at the base of Lincoln Peak. Each of the terrain parks has a collection of rails, boxes, bank ramps and jumps. The park crew is always trying to improve the quality of each terrain park to provide the best experience possible.
  • The Sugarbush Resort Ski & Ride School has a dedicated team of talented instructors just waiting to help you improve your skills and create more enjoyment on the slopes. Lessons and programs include kid’s programs for ages 3 to 12, first timer lessons, private session, as well as, group, adaptive and women’s camps and programs.

Off the Slopes

  • There is no better way to describe all that is available at the Sugarbush Resort in the area of food, beverage and shopping than to simply present some of the numbers. There are 7 Base Lodges, 2 retail shops, 2 mountain restaurants, 3 lounges and 3 full cafeterias.
  • You’ll also find many options for mountainside lodging that will provide you with all the warmth and charm of Vermont and make your visit to this wonderful resort complete. The Sugarbush Health and Racquet Club complete with a fully equipped health club, indoor pool and sauna. If an outdoor activity is what you are looking for, then Sugarbush offers both guided and do you own snowshoe tours.
  • Sugarbush Resort is committed to being recognized as a family-friendly place to come and make the most of your valuable vacation time. The Day Care/School located in the Sugarbush Village is an indoor program for ages 6 weeks to 6 years and provides a safe place for children to enjoy the day while parents enjoy a day taking in all the great terrain or relaxing in the quaint Sugarbush Village.
  • The nearby historic villages in the Mad River Valley of Warren and Waitsfield have you covered when it comes to off-mountain activities, great dining options and shopping in the many unique stores. Sleigh rides are another great idea and in the Mad River Valley there is cross-country skiing at Ole’s or Blueberry Lake. Outdoor ice-skating with a hot chocolate is also another fun family event in Waitsfield.
  • When staying at Sugarbush Resort you have the option of parking your vehicle and leaving the driving to the Mad River Valley’s Mad Bus, a.k.a. the Mad Bus. The Mad Bus is a “free” transit service that operates throughout the Mad River Valley and between both the Sugarbush Village and Mt Ellen.

On the Slopes

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2600 ft / 793 m

Base Elevation:
1483 ft / 452 m

Summit Elevation:
4083 ft / 1245 m

Skiable Area:
484 acres

Average Snowfall:
250 in / 635 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 111

Beginner: 26 (24%)

Intermediate: 47 (42%)

Advanced: 30 (27%)

Expert: 8 (7%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 3

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Burlington VT , 43mi / 70km

Nearest Major City:
Burlington VT , 47mi / 76km

Nearest Town/City:
Warren VT, 4mi / 7km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 18 to Apr 22

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 16

Express Quad Chairs: 5

Quad Chairs: 5

Triple Chairs: 2

Double Chairs: 1

Surface Lifts: 3


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Burlington Intl Airport  (BTV)
Distance: 43 mi / 70 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-537-8427

Direct Phone: 1-802-583-6300

Snow Phone: 1-802-583-7669

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map