Best ski/ride slope
Life is sweet at Sugarbush. In the past few years, the 55-year-old resort in Warren has spruced up its Lincoln Peak base area with upscale digs and dining; figured out how to ferry guests to fresh powder and gourmet meals via a snowcat known as the Lincoln Limo; and expanded the adventure options (overseen by ski legend John Egan) to 2000 acres of backcountry terrain called the Slide Brook Basin.
SEVEN DAYS: What’s it like to work at a ski area in these crazy Vermont winters?
JOHN EGAN: The weather has really pulled us together as a team, and we’ve made decisions based on the future — investing in snow guns that put out more snow with less electricity and less air pressure, and ramping up our grooming capability. When people downcountry don’t see snow, the lucky ones that come every day and just love to ski, they go, “Holy cow, it’s actually really good up here.”
2013 Runner-up: Stowe Mountain Resort