With a long-overdue hotel at its base, a once-glam Vermont resort is looking up.
Who would have imagined that, five decades after its jetsetting vibe earned Sugarbush the sobriquet "Mascara Mountain" for all the A-list guests it attracted, this resort would seem a model of relative rusticity? Sugarbush, supplemented by doggedly independent Mad River Glen up the road, retains enough quirks to please retro-minded purists. But even stumpjumpers like a soft place to land, and what Sugarbush lacked was a full-service slopeside hotel. Cross that off the list.
A ski town with more cows than Range Rovers? Welcome to the Mad River Valley. Readers praise the scenic villages of Warren and Waitsfield and rave about the Sugarbush terrain. "Might be the best in the East," says one.