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First turns of the season!

Plenty of snow on Upper Jester.

Making snow on more trails.

Thanks to snowguns and snowmakers!

A quiet midweek day at Lincoln Peak's Super Bravo quad.

Riding up the Heaven's Gate chair.

A look over towards Paradise trail.

A lovely moonrise on the way out of the valley.

After nursing a cold all of this holiday weekend (great timing, huh?) I made time on Tuesday to get in my first turns of the season!

In the afternoon I hit up Sugarbush to get my legs and feet working. Turn left, turn right, and repeat.

We've been fortunate to have cold temperatures lately and snowmakers have been making the most of it at ski resorts around the state. I skied on manmade snow on Jester, Downspout and the lower portion of Organgrinder. I took a small cut-over trail off Jester to the lower section of Organgrinder because the steep uppermost section had very big moguls with scratched-off, hardpacked snow between them. After looking carefully, I decided that on my first day I would stick with the less intense moguls below!

Further down the hill, Lower Jester and Coffee Run made up the route to get off of the upper mountain and down to the base.

Downspout was also chock full of moguls yesterday. I see that on today's snow report, Sugarbush reports it has groomed all open trails except for that top section of Organgrinder. Right now the trails are only for more advanced skiers (especially if they haven't groomed Downspout) but they are making snow on more trails and hope to have some easier terrain open soon.

Temperatures are looking cold through Saturday with a potential warm-up on Sunday.

About two-thirds of the way up Lincoln Peak the trees are frosty from recent natural snow. We've been enjoying snow flurries recently, as well, making things feel a lot more like winter! And now that I've made my first turns, for me, winter is officially here!

Bring it on!

Sugarbush Resort at a glance 

  • 5 high-speed quads; 7 Quads; 2 triples; 4 doubles; 3 surface lifts
  • 111 trails
  • Easy: 22%
  • Intermediate: 46%
  • Advanced/Expert: 32%
  • 21 glades
  • 3 terrain parks
  • 578 skiable acres
  • 2,600' vertical drop
  • 70 % snowmaking capacity
  • Rentals and lessons available

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