If you are an advanced intermediate to expert skier, Sugarbush is place to try your skiing ability after you have traveled to the smaller mountains in NY and Berkshires. Sugarbush is all about the terrain and the challenge which will not disappoint. New high speed quads will get you up to the mid stations but the summit chairs to each peak are older. No gondolas can be found.
Sugarbush is slowly moving toward the resort mindset but has a long way to go before competing with the likes of Stowe. Clearly the owners are making strides but it will take time, planning and investment. The climate and clientele has changed since I have been coming up here from a skier oriented to a family one. It is clear that the ski clubs in the valley have lost their preferential treatment with the mountain. I guess they forgot who kept them in operation.
On the weekends, it is recommended to ski @ Mt Ellen aka Sugarbush North. The main lodge can get congested as the south part of the mountain contains the ski school and day care services. Food is overpriced but there are no alternatives except to bring your own.
Not recommended for Après Ski or any nightlife. If that is a pre requisite in your ski weekend Sugarbush is not for you