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Skiing in the snow at Sugarbush

We skied in natural snow and manmade snow today.

Snowball was like a terrain park with snowmaking whales.

High school racers zip down Spring Fling.

Skiing under the snowguns on Murphy's Glade.

A look up Upper Organgrinder.

A look down Upper Organgrinder.

Riding up Heaven's Gate Triple.

Time to enjoy the snowy trees along the Valley House Double.

The Mad River Valley is pretty. Mountains, farms, views.

We had a fun day at Sugarbush today. We skied with the snowflakes: both natural and manmade.

Sugarbush was making a bunch of snow today to add to the couple inches of fluffy snow that had fallen -- and the snow that continued to fall today. It was a winter wonderland!

We did a tour of the Lincoln Peak part of the ski resort. Starting on the Gate House Quad, we later skied off the North Lynx, Super Bravo Quad and Heaven's Gate lifts, and then finished the day on the mellow Valley House Double.

On some runs it was powder/packed powder, while other runs had a different texture due to snowmaking. Thin spots and rocks were showing in other spots that didn't have a snowmaking base. You had to keep your eyes open on those runs.

There were quite a few bumps to play in as the day wore on. Probably the most to contend with were on Upper Organgrinder. That trail had a hard-packed base with slick spots, with softer moguls on the sides of the trail. It was "noisy" skiing, but challenging and fun.

It was entertaining to ski a couple of trails that had a variety of snowmaking whales on them. For instance, Snowball was like skiing in a terrain park!

I enjoyed making turns in the fresh manmade snow under the snowguns on Murphy's Glades. The skier's right of the trail did not have snowguns on it, and I could see that the coverage was very thin there.

An updated weather forecast is calling for more snow tomorrow. Bring it on! We want to ski the trails that are currently too thin to be open, such as in the Castle Rock area.

I'll just have to come back soon to ski Paradise, the Castle Rock area, and to ride the Slide Brook Express over to Mt. Ellen.

STATS FOR SUGARBUSH SKI RESORT, VERMONT

Comprising two sides of the resort: Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen

Total Trails: 111
Easy: 22%
Intermediate: 46%
Advanced/Expert: 32%
Glades: 21
Terrain Parks: 3
Total Lifts:
 3 Surface
 4 Double
 2 Triple
 7 Quad
 5 Hi-Speed Quads
Total Acreage: 578 skiable acres
Vertical Drop: 2600 feet
Snowmaking: 70%

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