After 159 days of lift-served skiing and riding, it’s finally time to say goodbye to the snowy mountains and look ahead to summer. Everyone at Sugarbush thanks you for helping to make this winter special. This really felt like our first normal season in the last two years, and it was great to see all the smiling faces, both new and old, out enjoying the mountain. There were plenty of fun memories made this winter, and we’ve put together a fun highlight reel looking back at some of the best moments of the season for you.
Additionally, I want to personally thank our team here at Sugarbush for all the hard work they put in this year. From lift operations to food and beverage to our ski school and everywhere in between, our staff worked tirelessly throughout the season to provide a great guest experience. Next time you see them, please join me in sharing your appreciation.
Now our sights move towards summer operations and capital projects. On the summer operations side, our golf team is full steam ahead with getting the course ready for its opening on May 21st. Their big project this summer is a full renovation of the sand bunkers with half expected to be completed before opening and half to be finished in the fall. Check out this timelapse of their work on hole 4.
There are also other exciting improvements at the Golf Course including investments in the maintenance equipment and expanded Hogan’s Pub hours and offerings. Back up at the resort, we’ll be opening our summer mountain activities on Saturday, June 25th, including mountain biking, bungee trampoline, disc golf, and scenic lift rides. Summer camps will start that following Monday. Alongside daily operations at Hogan’s Pub and Rumble’s, we’ll be opening a new ice cream shop in the courtyard. We also look forward to seeing you up at Sugarbush as we bring back popular summer events like our Brew-Grass Festival, July 4th Celebration, and Summer Thursdays, alongside many new events.
While we are excited about opening up this summer, we have already started work projects and improvements on the mountain for next winter. On the lift maintenance side, we’re investing additional capital into our lift system. The fully staffed maintenance team has already started getting everything ready to roll for next winter (and this summer for mountain biking and weddings). On the snowmaking side, we’re putting in over 9 miles of new snowmaking pipe in areas like Easy Rider, Pushover, and Reverse Traverse at Lincoln Peak and the entire Summit Quad area over at Mt. Ellen. These upgrades will allow for better, faster, and earlier snowmaking next season in those areas. A new cabin cat, new winch cat, and new free groomer are just a few other examples of additional investments we’re making on the mountain for next season.
Looking further ahead, we have a lot of other capital projects that we are working to get planned and permitted. Replacing lifts, employee housing, further snowmaking upgrades, and rebuilding the Glen House at Mt. Ellen are all currently in this planning phases. When we have more to share about those developments, we’ll let you know.
In the meantime, enjoy the spring, thank you for being a part of this amazing community, and we hope to see you back here this summer. If not, winter is only a little over 6 months away.