Columbus Day weekend festivities at Sugarbush and Mad River Glen

Green and Gold weekend at Mad River Glen, autumn 2016. Photo by Cheryl Allen.

It’s a big weekend for fall celebrations at both Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. Sugarbush is hosting its annual Community Weekend on October 6 and 7 while Mad River Glen hosts its annual Green and Gold weekend.

Community weekend at Sugarbush kicks of the resort’s 60th anniversary and features a special storytelling event.

After Sugarbush president Win Smith’s annual resort update at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, members of the community have been invited to recall some of their interesting stories from the early days of Sugarbush. Storytellers will include John Egan, members of the Murphy family, Sparky Potter and Chan Weller. Members of the audience will also be invited to share stories as well.

From there, a full lineup of family-friendly events fills the day. Adventure camp, pumpkin carving, balloon animals and bubbles, and Pete & Chris’ Amusement Show are all favorites for kids. Lift rides, mountain activities, a Sugarbush vehicle display, guided dog-friendly foliage hike and snag golf round out the rest of the activities. In addition, Sugarbush partners will be tabling in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard along with food and drink available at Castlerock Pub, Rumble’s Kitchen, and smoothies from Green Mountain Nutrition. The Warren Fire Department will also be hosting a community pancake breakfast prior to Smith’s presentation at 8 a.m. Gadd Brook will be hosting an open house from 2 to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, October 9, Sugarbush celebrates Oktoberfest in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard. This event brings Bavarian-inspired food, drinks and games as well as music by the Mad Bavarian Brass Band. Sugarbush encourages guests to compete in the stein hoisting competition, keg toss contest, pumpkin bowling, football toss, and dirndl/lederhosen contest. Guests will remember their Oktoberfest adventures with Friendly Lens, who will provide a photo booth for the event.

For more information and hours on the weekend events, visit www.sugarbush.com.

GREEN AND GOLD

At Mad River, the Mad River Single Chair will be cranked up for fall foliage lift rides on October 6 and 7. This is Green and Gold weekend, the traditional kickoff to Mad River Glen’s ski season. The Single Chair will operate from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Many activities are planned for Green and Gold Weekend. On Saturday, October 6, Mad River Glen will host the annual Stark Mountain Hill Climb Hill Climb. The course begins at the base of “The Single” and runners can take any route they choose to the finish at the peak of General Stark Mountain. That starts at 10 a.m.
General Stark’s Pub will be serving lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. The annual Mad River Glen homeowners meeting takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with the Mad River Glen Co-op shareholders’ town meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

On Sunday, October 7, the annual Allen Clark Memorial Biking Hill Climb takes place, starting at 9 a.m. There is the traditional chicken BBQ beginning at 11:30 a.m. and live music featuring Sugar Shack .

Foliage rides continue Monday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and General Stark’s Pub will be serving from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The co-op office will be open for pass sales as well. The deadline for the best prices is October 15. Co-op shareholders, pass holders, folks over 70 and kids under 6 all ride for free. For additional information about fall foliage festivities contact Mad River Glen at (802) 496-3551 or on the web at www.madriverglen.com.