With the end of the season fast approaching, my friends and I packed our gear and headed to Sugarbush to use our free tickets we got from the Warren Miller event earlier in the season. We arrived just after the lifts started turning and headed up the mountain. We quickly discovered that both 'Heaven's Gate' lift and the 'Summit Quad' were closed, meaning we could not get to the summits of two of Sugarbushes 3 mountains. 'Heaven's gate' was down due to mechanical issues, but there were no signs as to why the 'Summit Quad' was down. Not a very good way to start the day.
From there, I headed for the park. I like a mountain that keeps all their parks in one area, and Sugarbush does just that. Located off the 'Sunshine Double', they have a main park on 'Riemergasse' and a small progression park located on 'Sugar Run'. The large park on 'Riemergasse' is one of the most unique and creative parks I have ever seen. In fact for sheer unique-ness, I think it takes the cake. Although it seems to be geared more towards snowboarders than skiers, it appears to be modeled after a skate park almost. Tons of unique features strewn about the slope with reckless abandon, it seems to offer an endless number of lines through. There were a load of guys lapping the park, and a fellow NSer recognized me as I rode up the lift with him (Shout-out to whoever you are, I didn't get your name!) After getting my pictures, I had one of my friends attempt to take some shots of me before going off to explore the rest of the mountain with out me. We only got a couple shots where I was not sucking, as trying to take photos on your first run through a park is never a good idea.
I spent an hour or so lapping the park while my friends explored the rest of Mt. Ellen. The stand out feature that was definitley unique was an old schoolbus located at the bottom. It is easier to show you what it looked like that try to discribe it as a feature. Check it out.
I made my way back, met up with my friends, and took it easy with them for the rest of the day, exploring the numerous blue trails. There are definitely some pretty cool trails as far as groomers are concerned. One particular standout was Sleeper and Sleeper chutes, with a very odd path through the woods, and numerous trees left in the trail, it was pretty different than the groomers I was use to.
Keep on shredding NS!