Rad Resorts: The best of Sugarbush Resort in Vermont
Sugarbush isn’t really a resort. That’s what makes it great. You don’t come here for lattes and pressed sheets, you come here to snowboard, and snowboard on a wide variety of terrain. The trees are tight, but if you know where to go you’ll be rewarded, the steeps are steep, and the park is full of creative features that you can flow between as you would on a skateboard at the skatepark. We could keep going, but what do we know?
Let someone who knows this place as good as any give you the inside scoop. Tony Chiuchiolo is the Terrain Park Manager, but he’s more than that. He is his own unofficial marketing department, strategically putting kids on park staff with photo and video skills, and doing his part to support blossoming East Coast talent, helping garner both the riders and Sugarbush the exposure they deserve. Below is a list of insider knowledge compiled by Tony, himself.
“I’ve been riding Sugarbush for over 22 years and there just isn’t anywhere like it. Some of the best terrain on the east coast including steeps, trees, wide groomers, a solid park and a chairlift system that keeps your wait at the bottom short, allowing more time to shred, can be found there. The best part is the welcoming community of riders who are here for one reason and that’s to shred. No scene. No vibe.”
– Tony Chiuchiolo, Sugarbush Terrain Parks Manager
Best secret stash:
Best side country:
Best people to ride with:
The crew from the HOC
Best month to shred and why?
March, the backcountry is loaded, the groomers are soft, and the Big Park at Mount Ellen becomes a jib mecca for traveling East Coast riders.
Best run for side hits:
Sleeper at Lincoln Peak
Best pow run:
Sorry you’re on your own
Best vegetarian spot:
Three Mountain Cafe
Best cheap lodging:
Best hot tub:
The SHARC (Sugarbush Health and Racquet Club)
Best live music:
The Hyde Away Inn
Clay Brook at Sugarbush
The “Big Breakfast” at Mount Ellen Base Lodge Cafe
Mad River Glen
Best snowboard shop:
Infinite Boardroom – Home of the Space Cadets.
Tune House at Lincoln Peak
Best urban myth/resort legend story:
A few years ago a group of snowmakers tunneled a whole in the side of the halfpipe which led to a hidden full sized furnished room to smoke up in. This went undiscovered until late spring when a ski patroller was walking the deck of the pipe and fell down through into the room breaking his leg.
Where: Sugarbush is located off Route 100 outside Waterbury, and is about an hour from Burlington, forty five minutes from Stowe, and an hour and a half from the US/Canadian border.
Elevaton: 1,483 (452 m) at the base, 4,083 ft (1,244 m) at the summit.
Acreage: 4000, 578 rideable
Powder: 269 in
All mountain weekday: $84
All mountain weekend/holiday: $89
Mt. Ellen only weekday: $59
Mt. Ellen only weekend/holiday: $69
Discounts for pre-purchasing online and multiple day tickets, students can get a $10 ticket with I.D. and season pass from another resort
All mountain: 1,049
Mt. Ellen only: 499
For20s pass: $299 for people ages 19-29, all mountain access