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Moonlight Skiing at Sugarbush!

Moonlight skiing at SugarbushImagine yourself moonlight skiing through deep powder that sparkles under the full moon’s glow. Well, hang on because you can do more than just imagine it – you can live it with Sugarbush’s Guided Moonlight Skinning and Snowshoe Tours!

Sugarbush resort’s guided moonlight skiing tours are a popular – and rare! – opportunity to enjoy an evening of skinning or snowshoeing on Vermont’s third highest peak, followed by a hearty dinner, drinks, and fun! This is a great opportunity to discover skinning or snowshoeing and connect with nature in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.

If you’re not familiar with skinning, it’s a great workout and way of hiking uphill in skis that has seen a recent burst of popularity across the country. Skinning involves attaching synthetic skins to the bottoms of your skis, which give you enough traction to then work uphill. Many enthusiasts of the sport say it is the most efficient way to hike uphill in snow.

Your tour begins at Mt. Ellen Base Lodge, where you’ll suit up to either snowshoe or skin up to Glen House for fresh-baked, stone oven pizza, drink specials, hot cocoa and opportunities to relax or even enjoy a game of cornhole. After the meal skinners are treated to a moonlight ski back down Mt. Ellen to the base lodge.

While you don’t need your own equipment to participate – Sugarbush offers a full rental service – you are required to be able to carry all the gear you do use both up and down Mt. Ellen. That and all who skin up the mountain must then ski down – but who would argue? That’s the best part!

Sugarbush’s guided moonlight skinning and snowshoeing treks are only offered once a month throughout the ski season, and only when conditions permit. As of this writing, four dates for Sugarbush’s guided moonlight skinning and snowshoeing treks remain open for 2016: Jan 23, Feb 20, Mar 5 and Mar 19. Be sure to get your tickets now before they sell out. All tours begin at 4:30pm with guided snowshoe hikes lasting up to two and-a-half hours and skinning tours up to 3.

Skinning, Snowshoeing, and Moonlight Skiing at Sugarbush

Jan 23, Feb 20, Mar 5 and Mar 19, 2016, 4:30pm
Weather and Conditions Permitting
Meet at 4:30pm, Mount Ellen base lodge
Advanced reservations required – tickets and further details at:

Mad River Valley Lodging and Skiing Packages
We here at West Hill House B&B love to get out of the house and into the snow. We enjoy it so much we even even get a vicarious charge out of helping our guests get out into the snow, too – that’s why we created our Ski & Stay Passports!

West Hill House B&B’s Ski & Stay Passports combine great prices on multi-day, inclusive lodging and skiing packages at Mad River Valley ski areas like Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, and Olé’s Cross-Country Center. Read more about our Ski & Stay Passports then go ahead and book your stay at West Hill House B&B!

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