|First Chair Fanatic: Catch a ride during 1st hour of operation at least 10 days||Going for Gold: Compete in an event at Sugarbush, such as Castlerock Extreme||Glutton for Punishment: Ski Village Run and Lower FIS in the same day||Dancing Queen: Attend 5 live music events at Sugarbush in a single ski season||Peak-a-Boo: Snap a pic at the summit of Mt Ellen, looking south at Lincoln Peak & vice versa|
|Fashion Icon: Rock your crazy slope style – wigs, glitter, tutus encouraged||Out-of-Office: Ski/ride 100+ days in a season||Bell to Bell: Ski/ride on opening day and on closing day||School’s in Session: Take a lesson through Ski & Ride school and master a new skill||Beach Bum: show off your courtyard or Mt Ellen deck après vibes|
|Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend:Guys can play, too. Ski all 8 double-black trails.||Night Moves: Ski down by headlamp after an Allyn’s Lodge Dinner, Walt’s After Dark or Tour de Moon||World Traveler: Take a ride on 13 lifts in a single day||Epicurean Expert: Dine at 8 or more locations on-Resort||Surf’s Up: Successfully pond skim without taking a swim|
|King of the Castle(rock): Hike the Long Trail to Castlerock for early-season powder||Sleepover Party: Tuck in at one of the Sugarbush lodging establishments||Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Slidebrook Galaxy: Hitch a ride the bus from German Flats Rd||Tree-Hugger: Ski at least 20 of the marked glades found on the trail map||Off the Beaten Path: Take a snowshoe tour on one of our trails|
|Tricky-Trickster: Slide, jib, or jump a new-to-you feature in Sugarbush Parks||Earn Your Turns: Skin or Hike along one of our uphill routes||Show-off: Ski/ride top-to-bottom under 10 liftlines||Speed Dating: Have a friendly conversation with a stranger on a chairlift||You CAN get there from here: Take a ride on the Slidebrook Express Quad|
Maybe it’s because the end is near, but I’ve been thinking a lot about “what makes a good ski season” lately. Suffice it to say, while this season had its moments, even I, Emily, lover of winter and relentless optimist, am not sorry to see this one wind down. Totally candid: it was challenging not only due to the restrictions the ski industry faced, not only due to the missing social aspect of skiing, and not only due to the hassle of having to constantly plan ahead – online food ordering, where to store boots, advanced purchased lift tickets, etc * insert exploding brain emoji * – but, to top it all off… it barely snowed! Fun (or not so fun…) fact: the Mt Mansfield snow stake is at it’s lowest depth for this time of year since the 1950s. Yikes.
All that aside, it’s time to focus on the present (and maybe even side-eye the future…) We made the most of it. Social distance, masks, and all – we skied. Not to get too excited, but 21/22 is going to feel SO. GOOD. You guys! Events! Music! Après! Sitting on chairlifts with strangers and not being worried about where they were last week! HUGGING EACH OTHER! ORDERING A BEER WITHOUT A SMART PHONE!!! * tears up *
Season Passes are on-sale and we truly hope that this year, with all it’s obstacles, has you more energized than ever to get back to why we love this community and the camaraderie that is uniquely Sugarbush. To those who’ve maybe forgotten “the before times,” we can’t wait to see that smile on your face when you realize an inconvenience you’ve now become accustomed to… isn’t there. And when you smile, maybe we’ll even get to SEE it instead of imagine it behind a mask. We can hope! And to those of you who joined us this season for the first time ever, we can’t wait to show you “real” ski season. Finally, to those of you who we’ve missed all season due to the travel restrictions, we are ecstatic to welcome you home-away-from-home. Next season is going to be special in countless ways.
In preparation for next season, I created a little game to help us get back into the swing of things and I hope your family will enjoy this mountain scavenger hunt. It’s like BINGO but, for hopefully obvious reasons, we’re looking for BRAVOs, folks. Good luck, ski safely, and have fun!