Sugarbush Resort: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Submitted on March 24, 2019 by rocket21 (743 Rating743)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeIkon Pass
Lift Lines Lift Lines6 to 10 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions100% open; Packed Powder, Spring Snow
Glades GladesDid not go in, but full cover.
Moguls MogulsBy the end of the day, just about every trail.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)
Run of the Day Run of the DaySleeper
Food and Beverage Food and BeveragePretty poor on the Mt. Ellen side...base lodge was swamped, so we went up to the Glen House. The menu was variations on grilled cheese, the inside was super packed (line out to the door), and there's not much room to sit on the deck (being that half of it collapsed and was removed this winter).
Comments CommentsThe good: blue sky, new snow, every lift running. The bad: super crowded, especially on the Mt. Ellen side (yes, the quiet side was jam packed).

We parked at south and started the day there. Only trail groomed off the top was Jester, which was decent packed powder. The middle portion of Ripcord was nice packed powder, while the top had some bumps and the very bottom (below Bailout) was icy. I hit Paradise later in the day, which had huge powder moguls, but was otherwise in good shape.

I did not venture over to Castlerock, as there was nothing groomed and I had heard the line was massive a day earlier.

On Gadd, Murphy's Glade skied well on skier's left (ice on skier's right). Stein's looked pretty bad (powder bumps surrounded by ice; the main entrance closed due to the ice). Racer's Edge was a little scratchy, but Spring Fling was decent.

Off Gatehouse, everything groomed skied well, including Sleeper (I hope they don't take down any of the trees on the trail when they rework it this offseason). Spring snow in the afternoon.

North Lynx had a long line this morning, but Birch Run was decent spring skiing this afternoon.

Noted quite a few folks skiing the Lynx side of the Slidebrook lift line this morning and afternoon.

While the lines were just starting to build at Lincoln Peak, we arrived just after 10 at Mt. Ellen to see massive lines. Apparently they rain out of parking on this side by mid morning. The North Ridge Quad line was stretched out to under GMX, and the Summit Quad line was quite a wait. GMX was only a few chairs.

The late morning secret was Inverness. No lines, and everything except the very bottom of Inverness was open to the public. Inverness and Brambles were groomed and skied decently.

The groomed novice and intermediate trails on the Mt. Ellen side were a bit choppy, as the powder hadn't really been consolidated yet. Lots of small moguls on these trails after lunch. I was tempted by Upper FIS, but the very bottom had a nasty ice bulge. I did hit Exterminator, which skied decently with plenty of bumps. Lower Exterminator was rough in places due to ice and thin cover. Upper elevations warmed up enough that the powder isn't light/fluffy anymore, but not enough for it to set up/crust up.

Despite the crowds, it was still a decent day. The nice thing about the pod layout here as opposed to Killington/Sunday River is that the junctions aren't quite as bad and the expert trails tend to flow without novice cross traffic.
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