Sugarbush Resort
Sugarbush Resort
Sunday, March 31, 2024
Submitted on March 31, 2024 by rocket21 (1408 Rating1408)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeIkon Pass
Lift Lines Lift Lines0 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions98% open; Spring Snow, Spring Snow
Glades GladesDid not go in, but in play as the snow warmed up.
Moguls MogulsPretty much anywhere not groomed.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)
Run of the Day Run of the DayThe Cliffs
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageThey still have the COVID no-cash policy (maybe they still disinfect their mail too?). Decent food at Lincoln Peak.
Comments CommentsLast day of the season for Lincoln Peak, Castlerock, and Mt. Ellen. Just about everything open (except Lower FIS and associated connectors).

Decent loose granular conditions during the first couple of hours amidst snow flurries. Seemed like more was groomed than normal, which was beneficial since the ungroomed stuff was initially quite firm. Both Ripcord and Organgrinder were groomed and nice to start, as was Jester. The normal spring trails off Valley House seem to be in decent shape (Stein's doesn't seem quite as deep as in some years, but still built up nevertheless). Moonshine was nice as the sun hit it (some connect the dots skiing down low, but upper half was still basically wall to wall).

Did not venture over to Castlerock; chair not running and plenty of bare spots visible.

Gatehouse trails skied well, particularly as the sun cooked them into nice spring snow. North Lynx also good, with Birch having better snow but Sunrise having deeper base.

No Slidebrook running, as has been the norm for many years now. I remember when they used to run it regularly, including when there wasn't much snow underneath. Makes for a much nicer experience than having to drive over and hunt for another parking space/re-boot up/walk back up.

Great spring snow on the lower 2/3rds of Mt. Ellen in the afternoon. The upper third or so never softened up, so Upper FIS was pretty firm bumps. Did not attempt Black Diamond as it looked/sounded bulletproof.

From North Ridge (running without issue), the top portion of Exterminator was firm, but the top of Bravo was more forgiving (bailed above the cliff). Everything in the sun below there was nice spring snow, particularly The Cliffs and portions of Tumbler and Encore. Amazed at the coverage on The Cliffs and Encore (a few bare spots on Tumbler, but avoidable). Hammerhead was firm in the shade.

Walt's had nice spring snow, but required brief walking on a south-facing turn. Semi-Tough also had some connect-the-dot spots, but some good stretches as well. The T-Bar opened to the public after racing completed, making for the fastest access I've ever had to Inverness (compared to the slug-of-a-chair, which was not running today).

Sad to see Lincoln Peak (chair coming out starting tomorrow) and Mt. Ellen (end of season) closing for the year with so much good snow remaing. Beautiful spring skiing, with Easter apparently keeping away the crowds (lifts were pretty much ski-on).

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