Sugarbush 2/13 - $14 lift tickets
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Denis - DCSki Supporter
February 13, 2009
Member since 07/12/2004 🔗
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Today I did the Sugarbush $14 thing. Expected to see some friends and maybe even FSC (Friday Ski Club, a mysterious group of VT slackers) but no such luck. I scored a front row parking spot at South (where I get cell phone service and can call my wife) and got going early. Cold. 12 at base; -1 at summit. I went up only the first tier of lifts on account of the cold & wind. Have no idea what trails I skied or their ratings. I jfs'ed (just friggin skied). The first lift, the one accessible from the lodge without climbing, has a lift line run which was groomed except for a short somewhat steep pitch in the middle which looked from the lift to have 4-5" of new snow. I'd chosen the alpine SL race boards with a 63 mm waist and hit it at speed. Yikes, the skis railed in the heavy powder. I recovered and skied it out, then watched the next 20 people come down and wipe out. It was real sneaky 'powder'. As the day went on I tried other runs on the lower mtn. One of them, and no idea which one, had just the right wind exposure and yielded a dozen or so turns in perfect wind buff, over and over again. Nobody would venture into it. I love windbuff. It reminds me of big wild mtns in the west like Mammoth and Hood. It was only on skier's right of the trail in an S curve spot. The run out funnels everybody down into a 50 ft. wide swath with skiers & boarders of all abilities, all levels of courtesy and lack thereof, and all speeds, into the lift maze. The crowds kept growing and this runout began to spook me. So at 2:30 I quit, happily tired anyway. The skinny SL boards were probably the right tool. They didn't even see the windblown ice that was mixed in with the heavy powder.

The bar at South was a zoo, a cross section of every kind of humanity at 100 decibels. Thinking that FSC had probably gone to North, I drove there and had one more while waiting for a familiar face to appear. Never happened, and I would have seen them easily in a 'crowd' of <10 well behaved patrons. Maybe the FSCers had gone south on a Cougar hunt. smile
skier219
February 14, 2009
Member since 01/8/2005 🔗
1,318 posts
That steep section sounds like "Waterfall". From the top of that same lift, you can head skier's right and go into a trail called "Sleeper" with some glades and chutes. It's mainly blue terrain, but a lot of fun. I skied that all the time as a college punk and am about due for a revisit.

Did you get to ski on the North Lynx trails? That would have been a triple lift just past the top of the Gatehouse lift you described. It used to be served by a J-bar back in the day, but they moved the old Sugar Bravo Triple over there about 12 years ago. The trails up there can be amazing on a powder day. The one on skier's right is wide open, like a bowl in spots.
Denis - DCSki Supporter
February 14, 2009
Member since 07/12/2004 🔗
2,221 posts
I did ski Sleeper, a nice trail. Did not get to the North Lynx trails. I've probably skied there in the past since I have probably skied 20 days or so at Sugarbush, none except yesterday in the last 5 years. The cold was pretty fierce and I only skied off the 2 lifts that both begin near the gatehouse. By the time I got to the top of either I was not in the mood to sit still in the wind on another ride higher up.
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