Published: September 2001
(The area code for all numbers is 802 unless otherwise noted.)
Getting There From Boston (3 1/2 hours): I-93 north to Concord, N.H.; I-89 north to Middlesex, Vt.; Route 100 south to Waitsfield. From New York City/New Jersey (5 1/2 hours): I-87 (New York Throughway) to Albany, The Northway (I-87) to Exit 20; North on Route 149, east on Route 4, north on Route 100 to Waitsfield. From Connecticut (4-5 hours): I-91 to I-89 at White River Jct., Vt., then same as from Boston, above.
Vital Stats Summit elevations: 3,975 feet (Lincoln Peak) and 4,135 (Mt. Ellen). Vertical drops: 2,400 feet (Lincoln Peak) and 2,650 feet (Mt. Ellen). Skiable acres: 468. Average annual snowfall: 262 inches (328 inches in 2000-01).
Dining Out The Spotted Cow (496-5151): Bermudan/Caribbean influences reflect the owner-chef's background; The Pitcher Inn (496-6350): Elegant preparations (some pricey) from the Valley's most ambitious kitchen; The Common Man (583-2800): a valley institution serving Continental classics in a renovated barn; Chez Henri (583-2600): French done right, in cozy bistro-esque ambience. American Flatbread (496-8856): delicious wood-fired pizzas; Michael's (at the Powderhound Lodge, 496-3832): Vermont ingredients, tropical creations. On a budget: Valley Pizzeria (496-9200): good crust, fresh ingredients; Miguel's Stowe Away (496-3858): Mexican, margs and Taco Tuesdays; Buongiorno's (496-6265): family-friendly Italian.
Sleeping In Lovely B&Bs: Mountain View Inn (496-2426), The 1824 House (800-426-3986), Lareau Farm (800-833-0766). Classic Inns: The Pitcher Inn (888-867-4824), Inn at the Round Barn Farm (496-2276). Close to the Slopes: The Sugarbush Inn (583-2301), The Bridges (800-453-2922). Condos: 800-537-8427, 583-3000, 496-2591.
Apres-Ski Egan's Big World Pub: co-owned by extreme-skier John Egan; fun and friendly. The Hydeaway: another favorite après hangout for laid-back locals. Both have good food, too.
Coffee And A Roll The Very Small Donut Co., in the Mehuron's plaza (Irasville), or Bridge Street Bakery, Waitsfield village.
Nightlife Pool and beers at the dive-ish Mad Mountain Tavern, junction of Routes 17 and 100; dancing to live music at Gallagher's, across the street.
Diversions Cross-country skiing on 90 kilometers of trails at Ole's and The Round Barn Farm (496-3430); sleigh rides at Lareau Farm (833-0766); skating at The Skatium (496-9199); horse-riding at Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm (496-7141); salon and spa pampering at Alta Spa (496-2582); fitness facilities and indoor courts at Health & Racquet Club (583-6700).
Information 800-537-8427; www.sugarbush.com or www.sugarbushchamber.org. Snowphone: 802-583-7669.