Sugarbush in the Mad River Valley of Vermont's Green Mountains has a full plate of holiday fare for guests.
Festivities include: Dec. 23 with the Mad River Chorale Holiday Concert; Dec. 24 Christmas Eve service; Dec. 27 gingerbread cookie decorating; Dec. 28 Joey the Clown; Dec. 28 off-piste in the Northeast; Dec. 29 family movie night; Dec. 30 rock climbing party; Dec. 30 yoga and wine social; Dec. 31 juggling show; Dec. 31 Timbers New Year's Eve dinner; Dec. 31 New Year's Eve fireworks and torchlight parade.
Win Smith Jr., majority owner of Sugarbush, says, "The forecast for the next two weeks looks very promising, and we should be able to keep the snowguns roaring continuously now, plus we are expecting Mother Nature to deliver some real snow as well. We will be finishing Upper Jester and Downspout sometime on Monday and then turning to Upper Organgrinder.
"As soon as temperatures at the base turn (and stay low enough), we will blow snow at the base so you can ski and ride to the bottom. We will then open a couple more trails to the bottom from the top of Bravo and then turn our attention to the Gate House Pod. This is all done to assure good beginner and intermediate skiing and riding for the Holiday weeks.
"Over at Mount Ellen we have excellent depth on Upper Rim Run and Elbow down to the Glen House. As long as temperatures permit, we will stay there, march down Cruiser to the bottom of Northridge and then to the base area. After that, as soon as we get a few days of good cold temperatures, we want to get Inverness open.
"While we are not opening Mount Ellen to everyone until Dec. 18, snowmaking and preparation for opening are continuing furiously. GMVS will be training there in the interim as well as our ski and ride school on the weekends. This should reduce any early season congestion over at Lincoln Peak," Smith said.