Sugarbush Resort
Sugarbush Resort
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Submitted on February 9, 2020 by rocket21 (1081 Rating1081)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeIkon Pass
Lift Lines Lift Lines1 to 2 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions100% open; Packed Powder, Loose Granular
Glades GladesDid not venture in, but most were open.
Moguls MogulsMost of the trails were.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)
Run of the Day Run of the DayBrambles
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageThough prices are a little high, they have a good variety of food at the Lincoln Peak base lodge (from Asian to sandwiches to the normal fried fare).
Comments CommentsVirtually everything was open (Racer's Edge, Inverness, and Brambles were closed for most of the day, but opened to the public partway into the afternoon).

Gadd Peak was decent. Murphy's Glade was great in the morning. Did not venture onto Steins, as it looked pretty firm after the final snowmaking campaign to get it ready for (hopefully) May. Took a run on Moonshine (this should not be a square without snowmaking/grooming); rock solid, odd shaped moguls made it tough with a few thin spots. Nice trail otherwise. Domino (below Organgrinder) was okay up high, but a little thin in places just prior to the crossover.

Only one groomed trail off Lincoln Peak (Jester; crowded). Did not venture onto Organgrinder, but took the slightly smaller bumps of Ripcord (top was scratchy, but the rest was nice powder bumps; lower was groomed).

Took one run off Castlerock shortly after it opened (Middle Earth); decent coverage, but a little thin where it faced south (some rocks, etc.). Bumps were a little big in places, but not bulletproof. Looked like Troll Road had been groomed since the storm (not listed as groomed on the report). Did not take a second run, as the line was building by the time we came back down.

On North Lynx, Birch Run and Sunrise were both rough up top (lots of bumps and some ice/bare ground), but both improved once the widened up. The balance of Birch Run was still smooth from grooming, while Sunrise had been groomed on the flats.

Off Gatehouse, Sleeper was still very good toward the end of the day (did not venture onto the big bumps of Sleeper Chutes) and Water Fall was decent.

Took the Slidebrook over to Mt. Ellen around lunch time (it was on a maintenance hold for a short while). While it had been a sunny morning on Lincoln Peak, the clouds rolled in quickly and soon started engulfing the mountains.

From the top of Mt. Ellen, Rim Run was decent, and Looking Good was also decent and groomed out (better snow than Rim Run). Elbow was groomed on skier's right, but otherwise bumps; decent.

From the top of GMX (still running on diesel), Tumbler was a little rough on the steeps (some bare spots/rocks), but otherwise good. Good coverage on the Cliffs with some firmness higher up, but softer bumps lower. Northstar was fine.

Walt's Trail and Semi-Tough were natural off Inverness. Walt's had a few minor thin spots, but was otherwise decent. Semi-Tough had some rocks and bare spots on the steeps, but was otherwise decent. Following the conclusion of racing, Inverness and Brambles opened up. Brambles was fantastic, as it had seen very little traffic.

Busy day with full lots on both sides. I think having the glades in play helped spread folks out, as lines weren't too bad, and trails weren't too crowded apart from the popular novice/intermediate groomers. Longest lift lines appeared to be on the Gatehouse (out beyond the gates mid to late morning) and Castlerock, followed by Bravo and GMX. All other chairs were pretty much ski on when we were using them.

Decent winter base; hopefully they can continue to build on it.
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