glades, bumps, groomers, 1/2 groomed trails
some lower speed lifts
Just returned from a 2 day visit to the 'Bush (March 3-2, 2011). Back to back bluebird days with great conditions. Both of the main peaks are excellent and have their own flavor. My advice-make sure your legs are in shape, because you are going to want to ride both peaks hard, and you will need at least 2 days to get a sampling of both peaks.
The HIGH points:
-Great expert terrain. The tops of Lincoln Peak and Mt Ellen actually have some great tree skiing. There are some awesome chutes next to Paradise that still had 2 feet of fresh powder in them. Last real snow was 4 days before we arrived. This is a testament to the vast acreage of the place.
-Loved the long groomer trails. This place is loaded with great intermediate/advanced groomed runs. The Blues of off Gadd Peak (Super Bravo lift) were wide open and great for deep carved turns. Jester from the top offers great views of all Vermont, the Whites and 'Daks.
-Some great tree runs off the middle of the hill as well. Steins Woods dump you onto Birdland, a nice mogul run. Other great runs: Domino, Sleeper, and Ripcord. Didn't get to the Castlerock peak. The double lift didn't turn the day we were there, but it looked awesome...next time I guess.
-Mt Ellen-The Rim Run was a great run. If you don't like bumps, many of the trails here are 1/2 groomed, 1/2 ungroomed. This made my Fiance happy. Also loved the whole middle of the Mtn, Elbow, Bravo, Cruiser and Which Way. Too beat to tackle Upper F.I.S. after a full day in the woods on Lincoln, but Lower F.I.S. is a great LONG bump run. Just make sure to get into the woods before the long run out at the bottom.
-Both days the Mtn was empty. Direct on to the lift with no line. Blue skys and warm temps in the afternoon.
My only regret--Not enough time/energy to do it all...thats why there are next times I guess.
Sugarbush, along with Jay Peak are the two best in VT. Jay has the POW, but Sugarbush easily has more diverse terrain and more vertical. It a long way down, and thats a very good thing!