MAD RIVER VALLEY TOUR

Sometimes the road calls and you don't ask why. You just pack up the rig and go. In mid-January StokeLab Art Director Randy Elles and I headed north on Vermont's skiing superhighway—Route 100—for the Mad River Valley, home to Sugarbush and Mad River Glen.

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First stop: the Rochester Cafe in Rochester, Vt. I had the eggs benny. It was delicious.

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Randy left full and ready to rip.  He had the eggs benny, too.

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When we pulled into Sugarbush North a nasty snow squall was ripping through. All the lifts except for the lower park lift were on wind hold. 

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We decided to boot up anyway and take a few hot laps through the park.

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The park laps got boring quick (especially on a pair of Rossi Soul 7s) so we headed to Sugarbush South. Rumor was the upper mountain lifts were spinning.

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Conditions were really nice up high at the 'Bush.

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Next stop was just up the road at Mad River Glen. This is Randy taking in his first ever trip up the single chair.

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The trees were certainly snowy, but some of the trails were looking a little thin after seeing traffic over the weekend. 

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From this point of view it all looked good and the top quarter of the mountain skied great.

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The peak was windy and quiet. Remember, no snowboarding allowed, which meant I had to break out the sticks for the first time in a while. 

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We decided to warm up and hydrate with a beer at General Stark's Pub.

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They were out of Lawson's (one of Vermont's finest microbreweries) so we went with a Fiddlehead IPA. Fiddlehead is not too shabby, either.

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After the cold suds we decided to head out for one last run. Turns out the storm blew out and sun greeted us at the peak. A fitting ending to a fun day in the Mad River Valley.

[words+photos] Justin Cash