Free and Convenient Transportation in the Mad River Valley
The Mad Bus operated by Green Mountain Transit is a local transportation service in the Mad River Valley that runs every winter. Stopping at central locations through Waitsfield as well as lodging facilities along the access road, it’s a quick and easy way to get around the mountain and the valley! This free service will run for the 23/24 winter season starting December 22 and run through March 31st. Not only does this help make our mountain facilities and local shopping more accessible, by reducing the use of our own vehicles and hopping on public transportation, makes our valley a little greener too. The Mad Bus is open to the public and we highly encourage our guests to use it! If you ask me, why park in Lot F and walk half a mile to the lift, when you can hop on the bus and get dropped off directly in front of Clay Brook.
While you can find paper schedules places across the resort, the best resource to utilize is the Transit App for real time bus tracking. That way you can plan your day quickly and easily. The Mad Bus travels 4 routes that include the Valley Floor, Mt. Ellen, Mountain Condos, as well as Access Road routes. And, NEW this year the Mad Bus will be operating an additional two weekends (the first two of April) conveniently for some of our biggest events of the year including Pond Skimming, Spring Fling, and Pride Weekend.
The Mad Bus Routes
Valley Floor (Route #120) begins at 7:20am, in Waitsfield Village, then departs Lincoln Peak (LP) at the top of the hour starting at 8:00am through 7:00pm seven days a week. Two addition departures, at 8:00pm and 9:00pm, operate on Saturdays and select Sundays.
Mt Ellen (Route #122) connects LP and Mt. Ellen (ME) and begins at 8:00am at LP, operating 30-minute service to ME at the :00 and :30 of the hour. Departures from ME are also every 30 minutes departing ME at :15 and :45 of the hour. There is one exception to the schedule, which is the final trip from ME departs a 5:00pm.
Mountain Condos (Route #124) connects LP to the Sugarbush Village and SHARC with limited service to Inferno Road. This route has a Monday-Friday schedule, and a Saturday, Sunday & Holiday schedule. The Mon-Fri schedule begins at 8:20am and runs every 40 minutes until 5:15pm. The Sat, Sun & Holiday schedule begins at 8:00am and runs every 20 minutes until 5:35pm.
Access Road (Route #125) connects LP to the Sugarbush Inn making stops at lodging facilities along the Access Road. This route also has a Mon-Fri schedule, and a Sat, Sun & Holiday schedule. The Mon-Fri schedule begins at 8:00am and runs every 40 minutes until 5:38pm. The Sat, Sun & Holiday schedule begins at 8:00am and runs every 20 minutes until 5:38pm.
Does the Mad Bus schedule change during the holidays?
This season, the Mad Bus holiday schedule will align with Sugarbush’s. Those holiday periods are 12/22-1/1, 1/20-1/25, and 2/17-2/24. Buses will operate on 12/25, 1/15, and 2/19.
Will the buses stop at every location on the route?
No, buses will stop by on-board request only. Notify the bus operator where you will be getting off. Buses will stop, as long as safe driving conditions allow, at at non-marked bus stops. Please wave to the bus operator for service.
Are the buses ADA accessible?
All GMT buses are equipped with wheelchair ramps/lifts and two or more spaces to accommodate wheel chairs.
Curious what steps Sugarbush is taking to become a greener resort? Check out our Sustainability page to learn more!