Heading over for skiing this Friday through Sunday. I was there for a wedding last fall but this is the first time I will be skiing. The weather timing doesn't look great but I have a free place to stay so its a go no matter what.
Looking for advice on "must do" terrain and best place on the mountain to brown bag/have a few pbrs from the pack. Looks like there is a warming hut up on Castlerock that might be a good place to break. Are they cool about bringing food anywhere else? How about places to leave boot bags, etc? We will be starting out from the Lincoln peak side.
Any other thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated.
My brother used to work there so I know it pretty well but the last time I was there was a couple of years ago.
If we get all the rain that is forecast I would not count on the Castlerock section even being open. Not much snow making or grooming going on in that part of the mountain. Its sort of like a MRG section of the Bush. The must do terrian will be the groomers and where they are blowing based on the likely snow conditions.
Allyn's lodge used to be just a warming hut but now on their web site it says they serve food there. The lower level of the Glen House on Mt Ellen is more of a warming hut type place where you might be able to BYOB. My recollection is that they may not be all that cool with BYOB so better keep it low key.
"Life is like a snowball, the important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill" Warren Buffet
Go fast, take chances. Sugarbush has some great terrain, if available, for all abilities. Upper FIS on Lincoln has been known to be a "no-fall zone" on occasion, and the tree skiing can be sweet, if Ma Nature kicks in. Check out Stein's, especially if they are blowing 20+ guns, it's worth freezing your feet.
Last skied Mascara Mountain with Coach Z in a PSIA clinic just before Christmas 2010, fast company. Waitsfield is a classic Ski Town, the pillar of which is Hyde's, even though its been somewhat gentrified from past experience. You'll probably ski better, or think you do, after visiting Vermont, it must be their beer.
Too bad you're going after this rain/thaw, my first visit to Sugarbush was the last week of January last year with my Son, it was just OK. A month later I returned on my own, they had gotten 20" over two days just prior to my arrival, it was a totally different mountain with snow.
Allen's Lodge was a cool place to hang in front of the fireplace. They must serve food only on the weekends, I had the place to myself.r