Mountain Guide

Sugarbush Trail Guides

 

Beginner

Though there is great beginner terrain at Sugarbush, it is limited to the lower elevations and there are not as many options when compared to other mountains in Vermont. Both base areas offer lessons and rentals, though the selection of rental equipment is better at the Lincoln Peak base. Beginners should not expect to reach Lincoln or Castlerock Peaks or Mt. Ellen’s summit as there are no green-rated trails off of these peaks.

Intermediate

Intermediates will discover a great variety of terrain from both Sugarbush base areas.  Blues make up 34% terrain and strong intermediates can enjoy Sugarbush's full vertical drop. The Super Bravo Express Quad services excellent blue runs (Murphy's Glade, Lower Jester, Birdland, and Moonshine). Should you need to rest, the views from the higher pitches are glorious. Intermediates and locals often prefer the terrain on the Mt. Ellen side, where the crowds tend to be smaller.

Advanced/Expert

Sugarbush has some of the steepest vertical drop in Vermont and Mt. Ellen is the third highest peak in the state. The mostly ungroomed, steeps present a true East Coast challenge. There are extensive wooded, off-piste areas to explore - Bravo Woods, Tumbler Woods, Eden Woods, and Gangstas' Grotto. The backcountry terrain of Slide Brook, which divides the two base areas, is also fun. Sugarbush only grooms about half of its terrain, giving much of the mountain a rugged and authentic feel.

  • It’s best for beginners/intermediates to split from advanced skiers or riders here. Sugarbush only grooms about half of the mountain and there are no easy ways down from the higher peaks. There are convenient places, like Allyn's Lodge, to meet between runs.

Top Trail Picks

Category
Trail Name
Description​
Area / Getting There

Starting Out

First Time

Aptly named, this simple run is serviced by the Welcome Mat surface lift and its gentle slope is perfect for never-ever skiers or boarders

From the Lincoln Peak Base Area, head to the looker’s right to reach the learner’s area

Learning

Graduation

The Mt. Ellen base area offers a good number of green and blue runs for learners to practice. Graduation gently winds through the woods

Mt. Ellen Base Area: Ride the Sunshine Quad and exit left

Warming Up

Domino to Lower Jester

Gently wind among thick trees through open areas and wake up the muscles for a day at Sugarbush

Clock Tower Base Area; a scenic ride up the Sachem Quad to the Glades Peak Quad; exit straight then stay right 

Scenic Cruiser

Jester

The views from Lincoln Peak offer a stunning panorama of the Mad River Valley below as you swoop down Jester

Lincoln Peak: From the Heaven’s Gate Triple, turn left and bypass Organgrinder

Easy Scenic

Panorama/Rim Run

From 4,083 ft, soak in the views atop Mt. Ellen and then swoop down Panorama or Rim Run with unbeatable views of VT’s snow-capped mountains

Mt. Ellen: Exit right off of the Summit Quad

Sun

Sun

For a little sun dancing and softer snow (on a sunny day), bag Spring Fling, a groomer with wide lanes that terminates at the Valley House Lodge

Lincoln Peak: From Valley House Quad, exit left along the ridge line, passing Lixi’s Twist and Moonshine before dropping in to Spring Fling

Burner

Inverness

From top to bottom, this lift line run beneath the Inverness Quad descends over 1,200 vertical feet

Mt. Ellen: Exit right off of the Inverness Quad lift and let gravity do the rest

Burner (Advanced)

Organgrinder

This run encapsulates a huge variety of terrain and plenty of features and obstacles to navigate

Lincoln Peak: Ride the Heaven’s Gate Triple Chair and execute a short side step to reach Organgrinder

Showing Off

Castlerock Lift Line

Only the bravest will dare to face this long, steep run beneath Castlerock, replete with rocks, moguls, cliffs, trees, and a challenging choke point or two

Lincoln Peak: Exit Castlerock Lift to the left and make a U-turn for the lift line below

Bumps

Paradise

From top to bottom, this run encapsulates some of the biggest bumps on the mountain!

Lincoln Peak: Ride the Heaven’s Gate Triple Chair and exit right

Short & Steep

F.I.S.

Short, but daunting, this steep double black pitch will merge with Rim Run (blue), but can then connect to Lower F.I.S. for a lengthy run that dips into the solitude of Slide Brook Basin 

Mt. Ellen: From the Summit Quad, exit right onto Rim Run and locate F.I.S. dropping steeply off to the right

Fresh Powder

Sigi's Ripcord

If there is fresh powder at Sugarbush, head high. Sigi’s Ripcord is a steep, wide run with many fun benches and bumps to catch air or blast down


Lincoln Peak: Exit right off the Heaven’s Gate Triple; Ripcord is the lift line run just off the top of Lincoln Peak

Glades

[Wooded

Area]

Egan's Woods

If you’re up for a rush, dip into Egan’s Woods for some classic Vermont tree skiing. Plan your route well as the trees here can be tight!

Lincoln Peak: From Valley House Quad, take the Reverse Traverse to access; or from the Super Bravo Express Quad, use Murphy’s Glade to dip in 

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

Whether you’re cruising low or high, there are dining options readily available. There are considerably more options in Lincoln Peak Village and it's easy for groups to meet at either the base or Allyn’s Lodge at the peak. Mt. Ellen has an eatery at the base as well as the Glen House mid-mountain. Our top on mountain picks are below:

Gate House Cafeteria

The best option for a grab-and-go meal and convenient for families, the Gate House Cafeteria is in the heart of Lincoln Peak Village. Open for breakfast, lunch, or snacking, the Gate House has a diverse menu (with a great view of the mountain) featuring homemade pizza, soups, made-to-order salads, grilled sandwiches, chili, daily specials, beer, and wine.

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Allyn’s Lodge

At the top of the Super Bravo chairlift, lies Allyn’s Lodge, a great midday meeting spot for groups of skiers with different ability levels. Along with incredible views you can order up a hot drink, soup, salad, chili, or a sandwich. The outdoor patio offers an exceptional dining experience on warmer, sunny days or a lovely fireplace offers toes respite from frigid weather. Don’t skip the chili dogs!

Castlerock Pub

With Vermont beers on tap, this cozy pub serves up comfort food in a convivial atmosphere. Note this spot can be crowded and service may be a little slow if jammed. Nosh on elevated bar food like farm-raised beef burgers with Cabot cheddar cheese or buffalo mac n’ cheese. Word to the wise: avoid drinking the Heady Topper Double IPA tall cans if you're planning a productive afternoon.

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The Waffle Cabin

A perennial favorite at Sugarbush, the Waffle Cabin at Lincoln Peak Village delights anyone with a penchant for decadent sweets. This tiny shop serves up hot waffles drizzled in chocolate and hot drinks throughout the day. This stop is a big hit with kids and can serve as great motivation. Don’t fall prey to the inviting aromas without cash on hand—the waffle cabin does not accept credit cards.

Green Mountain Lounge

The Green Mountain Lounge is on the top floor at Mt. Ellen Base Area. Capture the old school New England atmosphere while enjoying hand tossed pizzas, pulled pork sandwiches, microbrews, and cocktails. For a quick bite, visit the Mt. Ellen Cafeteria below on the main level. The atmosphere is casual and friendly and the menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Pizza Margherita
 
Terrain Mix
 
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Sugarbush Stats

Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 4,083 ft | 1,245 mm

  • Vertical Drop: 2,600 ft | 793m

  • Base: 1,483 ft | 452m

  • Total Area: 4,000+ acres | 16+ sq km

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Green

  • 111+ Trails   

  • 97 acres of Wooded Terrain

  • 3 Terrain Parks

Peaks
  • 6 Peaks

Highest Peaks

  • Mt. Ellen: 4,083'/1,245 m

  • Lincoln Peak: 3,975'/1,212 m

  • Castlerock Peak: 3,812'/1,162 m

Bases
  • Lincoln Peak Village (Main Base)

  • Mt. Ellen 

On Mountain Dining

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 25,225 ppl / hr

16 Total Lifts

  • 5 High speed quads

  • 5 Quads

  • 2 Triples

  • 1 Double

  • 3 Surface Lifts

  • 1 Minimum lift to access peak from base

Wooded

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