AZ Challenge 2011: Win Smith of Sugarbush

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    Thumbs up AZ Challenge 2011: Win Smith of Sugarbush

    Win Smith, President of Sugarbush, has agreed to participate in the 2011 AlpineZone Ski Area Challenge!

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    There has been Sugarbush master plan renderings in the recent past with significant upgrades including lift/trail expansions.

    I was particularly excited about two new trail pods and lifts in the renderings for Mt. Ellen; the expanded terrain above Inverness and a lift going down into the Lower FIS valley.

    Do you have a realistic time table for when these projects will move forward?

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    Is the Lincoln Peak Village now complete, or is there a further phase to be built? With the added capacity of the two new buildings added last year, will the valley house lodge continue to be utilized in the future or are its days numbered?

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    Win, thanks for several great seasons at Sugarbush.

    Any more thoughts to extending Mount Ellen's season, especially in seasons like the last two when there was more snow on Mount Ellen side compared to Lincoln Peak?

    With the proposed long-term expansions at Mount Ellen, are there any plans to expand or replace the Ellen Base Lodge?

    When can we expect the older doubles, such as Valley House, Village, and Sunny D, to be retired and replaced with new lifts?
    Live, Ski, or Die!


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    As I understand it, Slidebrook Basin was not able to be developed into ski slopes due to Black Bear Habitat. However, you guys were able to secure a permit to operate guided back country tours in there. Is there a possibility in the future that Slidebrook could be opened up to everyone similar to bracket basin at Sugarloaf? I understand this would require the installation of lifts and trail network to enable people to return to Lincoln Peak or Mt. Ellen.
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    Any thoughts about doing a Sugarbush MRG interconnect. There was a lift line cut at one time from the top of Inverness to MRG that has long since overgrown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post
    Any thoughts about doing a Sugarbush MRG interconnect. There was a lift line cut at one time from the top of Inverness to MRG that has long since overgrown.
    You can still see the lift line in question on google earth. Was that done by ASC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post
    Any thoughts about doing a Sugarbush MRG interconnect. There was a lift line cut at one time from the top of Inverness to MRG that has long since overgrown.
    I can't help myself... That would be blasphemy if a boarder ever ended up on the dark side!
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    Are there any plans to bring more nightlife to the area? The only thing I didn't like about my trip to Sugarbush a few years ago was that everything seemed to close @630. There seemed to be a lack of things for even family's to do at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmywilson69 View Post
    You can still see the lift line in question on google earth. Was that done by ASC?
    I think that was done long before asc was a glint in less ottens eye

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